Cheam School

Cheam School is a mixed preparatory school located in Headley, in the civil parish of Ashford Hill with Headley in the English county of Hampshire. It was founded in 1645 by George Aldrich.

Cheam School

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Coordinates51°21′13″N 1°15′28″W / 51.35364°N 1.25764°W / 51.35364; -1.25764
TypeIndependent preparatory school
Mottoomnia caraitate
Religious affiliation(s)Anglican
Established1645; 376 years ago (1645)
FounderGeorge Aldrich
Department for Education URN116520 Tables
HeadmasterMartin Harris
Age2 to 13
Enrolment428 as of February 2016
HousesAldrich, Beck, Gilpin, Tabor
Colour(s)Red and Blue


The school started in Cheam, Surrey, and moved to the present site (previously a country house known as Beenham Court) on the borders of Hampshire and Berkshire, in 1934, when the Surrey area was developing from a quiet leafy village to a busy suburb. The school has occupied its present home with nearly 100 acres (40 ha) of grounds, since then. Just before the move, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was a pupil there. His son, Charles, Prince of Wales, was later a pupil at the school.

Present dayEdit

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

The headmaster Martin Harris, was placed in post in 2016. Cheam educates both boys and girls between the ages of three and thirteen and takes day-pupils as well as boarders.


  • 1645-1685: George Aldrich
  • 1685-1701: Henry Day
  • 1701-1711: Robert LLoyd
  • 1711-1739: Daniel Sanxay
  • 1739-1752 James Sanxay
  • 1752-1777: William Gilpin [1]
  • 1777-1805: James Wilding
  • 1805- ?: Joseph Wilson
  • 1826-1846: Charles Mayo
  • 1856-1890: Robert Tabor
  • 1891-1920: Arthur Tabor
  • 1921-1947: Harold Taylor
  • 1947–1963: Peter Beck[2]
  • 1963-1971: Michael Stannard
  • 1972-1985: Michael Wheeler
  • 1985-1998: Christopher Evers
  • 1998–2016: Mark Johnson
  • 2016–Present: Martin Harris

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "William Gilpin 1724-1804". Hantsweb. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  2. ^ "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
  3. ^ Screeton, Paul (2010). John Michell: From Atlantis To Avalon. Avebury: Heart of Albion Press. p. 2. ISBN 1-905646-16-X.

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