At Cheam we provide a first class all round education which will prepare the children in our care for a rapidly changing world and the challenges of later life. We work hard to develop their various skills both in and out of the classroom in a positive and encouraging environment. Most importantly we strive to educate the whole child and, through a wide range of opportunities, allow them to enjoy success in one area or another.
Few schools can boast of a history as long as that of Cheam which was founded in 1645 by the Revd George Aldrich in Cheam, Surrey and has been educating children ever since - in effect for over 350 years!
It all 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.
There was a great exodus from the City of London, and villages like Cheam were suddenly over run by children 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, and his son, the Prince of Wales, was a pupil here in Headley.
We are now located in nearly a hundred acres of stunning Hampshire countryside with magnificent grounds and gardens for the whole community to enjoy.
Two mergers in the nineties - Hawtreys and Inhurst House - have helped to establish Cheam as one of the leading co-educational schools in the country. We now offer a truly cosmopolitan education for boys and girls, both boarding and day, between the ages of three and thirteen.
The school curriculum is geared towards preparing pupils for Common Entrance and Scholarship exams at 13+. We endeavour to provide as broad a curriculum as possible embracing the key examinable subjects (English, Maths, Science, French, Latin, History, Geography and RS) whilst stretching the pupilsâ€™ creative and practical horizons through timetabled Art & Design, Drama, Music, PE, ICT and PSHE. The children are taught in groups of no more than 18 pupils in bright, well-equipped and fully networked classrooms â€“ most teachers now use interactive whiteboard technology in their teaching.
We aim to get the very best out of all the children, whatever their ability, and the school has an enviable record of success at Common Entrance and scholarship levels. There is a thriving Learning Support Department for those who need an extra bit of specialist help whilst a dedicated scholarship class in the last two years ensures that the very bright pupils are given every chance to fulfil their ambitions.
The curriculum is supported by an array of extra-curricular activities including history and geography field trips, a Year 7 week in France, and regular trips to the theatre, ballet, museums, art galleries and places of cultural interest.
This is the Cheam School online prospectus. Please select a section to view from below or in the drop-down menu at the top of the page.
A child's education starts from the moment it is born - new sights, sounds, smells and skills - with its first educators being its immediate family. After that comes school, where new people supplement the initial learning process - ancillary staff, fellow pupils, and the teachers.
Both of these elements, family and school, comprise the team that will educate your child and prepare them for adult life.
This is the Curriculum area of the Pre-Prep website. Please click on the Year group you are interested in.