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Cheam School

Cheam School
Established 1645 (1645)
Type Preparatory school
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Mr Mark Johnson
Founder George Aldrich

RG19 8LD
England Coordinates: 51°21′13″N 1°15′28″W / 51.35364°N 1.25764°W / 51.35364; -1.25764{{#coordinates:51.35364|-1.25764|region:GB_type:edu_dim:100|||||| |primary |name=

DfE number 850/6006
DfE URN 116520 Tables
Gender Coeducational
Ages 2–13
Website School website

Cheam School is a co-educational preparatory school in Headley, in the civil parish of Ashford Hill with Headley in the English county of Hampshire. It was founded in 1645 by the Reverend George Aldrich in Cheam, Surrey.


The school started in a house called Whitehall, now the site of a museum and visited on an annual basis by the younger children. The first event of any real note in the School's history was the Great Plague of London in 1665, when there was a great exodus from the City of London and villages like Cheam were suddenly overrun by children who had been sent there by wealthy parents in an attempt to escape the ravages of the plague.

In 1719, the School moved to Tabor Court, where it remained for over 200 years. The move from Cheam to the present site took place in 1934, when the area was developing from a quiet leafy village to a busy suburb. Just before it moved, the Duke of Edinburgh was a pupil there. His son, the Prince of Wales, was also a pupil at this school.

Two mergers in the 1990s, with Hawtreys and Inhurst House, helped to establish Cheam as a leading co-educational prep school.

Present day

The school has occupied its present home, on the borders of Hampshire and Berkshire, which has nearly Script error: No such module "convert". of grounds, gardens, and sports fields, since 1934. The current headmaster is Mark Johnson, who has been in post since 1998, and in 2007 he won the Tatler Magazine award for 'Best Headmaster of a Prep School'. Cheam now educates both boys and girls between the ages of three and thirteen and takes day-pupils as well as boarders.

There are four houses (known as divisions): Aldrich (yellow), Beck (green), Gilpin (red), and Tabor (blue). The school colours are red and blue.

The school has a high level of academic work, as well as drama productions, music and sports. In recent years nearly a third of leavers have gained Scholarships and Exhibitions to public schools. Academic awards were earned in 2010 to Winchester, Radley, Marlborough, Cheltenham Ladies' College, Wycombe Abbey, Wellington, Bradfield, and Harrow, and the number of scholarships for the year was seventeen.

The school has toured South Africa in a sporting capacity several times, most recently in 2009 when the 1st XI cricket and 1st VII netball teams secured victories in nine out of eleven matches, as well as raising £10,000 for the local Red Cross Children's Hospital. Both these teams qualified for the National JET finals in the same year and the cricketers repeated this achievement in 2010.


Notable alumni or former pupils

Henry Addington, Viscount Sidmouth (Prime Minister 1801-1804) Hugh Childers (Chancellor of the Exchequer 1882-1885) Doctor William Gilpin ('Dr Syntax', headmaster 1752-1777)

See also


  1. ^ "PETER BECK Headmaster who caned Prince Charles — twice" (obituary) in The Times dated 4 June 2002, p. 27, from The Times Digital Archive, accessed 16 September 2013

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