A DYNAMIC celebration of diversity now sits proudly on the side of a school after it was daubed with racist graffiti.

Cheney School has unveiled a mural on one of its outside walls, in the spot where vandals sprayed Nazi symbols in March.

The school raised more than £3,700 in donations to help pay for materials and costs of putting the mural up, after pupils decided they wanted to do something positive in response to the racism.

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A plaque next to the mural is engraved with a message from students, which states: "Let it be known that, through this mural, we stand in solidarity with everyone regardless of race, regardless of religion, regardless of sexuality or gender.

"We commend our different cultures and we give thanks for our collective creativity.

"For everyone who shares these values, Cheney will always be a home."

The mural was unveiled before the end of term, and can be seen from the public footpath next to the Headington secondary school in Cheney Lane.

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A Cheney School spokesperson said: "We welcome people to come and have a look at the piece of art.

"It is something not just for our school community to enjoy and embrace the message behind it, but also the people of Oxford and beyond.

"It really is a lasting symbol of what Cheney School embraces and stands for – a diverse community that embraces people for who they are."

Members of the school community attended the unveiling last month along with the Lord Mayor of Oxford and representatives from Stand up to Racism and Thames Valley Police.

The mural took five days of continuous work from the school's creative arts team to create, and the group of Year 11 students behind the project.