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
Cheam School

RG19 8LD

Coordinates51.35364°N 1.25764°W / 51.35364; -1.25764
TypeIndependent preparatory school
Religious affiliation(s)Anglican
Established1645 (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, now a museum visited on an annual basis by the younger children. The move from Cheam to the present site, previously a country house known as Beenham Court, took place in 1934, when the area was developing from a quiet leafy village to a busy suburb. Just before it moved, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was a pupil there. His son, Charles, Prince of Wales, was also a pupil at the school.

Present day

The school has occupied its present home on the borders of Hampshire and Berkshire, with nearly 100 acres (40 ha) of grounds, since 1934. There are four houses (known as divisions): Aldrich (yellow), Beck (green), Gilpin (red), and Tabor (blue). The school colours are red and blue.

The current headmaster is Martin Harris, who has been in post since 2016. Cheam now 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 alumni

See also


  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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