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Cheam is located on the border of Berkshire and Hampshire

Cheam School

  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Boys
  • Girls
  • Pre-Prep
  • Prep
  • 200 to 400 pupils
  • Cheam School is an independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 to 13 located near Newbury on the border of Berkshire and Hampshire. The school aims to prepare children not only for the next stage but for life beyond.

    Cheam aims to nurture and develop core values and skills in every pupil through the creation of a happy and stimulating environment. With a diverse range of opportunities on offer, children are encouraged to 'give it a go' and always strive to give their best.

    Why choose Cheam School?

    · Cheam can trace it roots back to 1645 when it was established in a house known as Whitehall in Cheam, Surrey.

    · In 1935, it moved to Headley and counts both Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and King Charles III as former pupils.

    · Today, over 350 children attend the school and are able to enjoy a site of 80 acres.

    · Boarding at Cheam adds significantly to the life of the school, building a unique sense of community, with weekly and flexi boarding on offer from Year 4 onwards.

    · The school runs a bus service for boarders from west London every Monday morning.

    Inspection reports

    Inspections provide parents with detailed information from which to assess key aspects of a school. Find out more about why inspections matter.

    · The school was last inspected in 2023. Read the inspection reports on the school's website.

    · The school is a registered charity managed by a board of governors. Read more on the Charity Commission website.

    Leavers' Destinations

    Pupils from Cheam move on to leading independent senior schools including Marlborough College, Bradfield College, Eton College, Wellington College, St Edward's Oxford, Radley College, Sherborne Girls, Sherborne School, St Mary's Calne, Downe House, St Mary's Ascot and Harrow School.

    Cheam's Headmaster

    Headmaster William Phelps says: 'Cheam is a very special place offering the brightest of learning environments. It is the perfect place to grow – we know that the early years of a child’s life are the very best time to prepare the ground for their adulthood, and our focus at Cheam is on providing the most compelling setting for every child to thrive.'

    'There is a ‘feeling’ about our school that cannot be engineered. It is an organic manifestation of an educational environment where opportunity is provided alongside reassurance, where independence co-exists with support, and where kindness is instilled alongside resilience.'

    'It is this ethos that ensures our Cheam leavers, year on year, take happiness, confidence and emotional intelligence with them on to pastures new.'

    Finding out more about Cheam

    Headley, Newbury, Berkshire, RG19 8LD
    Cheam School Logo

    Cheam School Open Day

    A visit to Cheam provides parents with the opportunity to gain a real insight into life at the school and meet pupils and staff. The next Open Morning is to be held on Friday 13th October at 10am. Find out more about Open Days at Cheam School.

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