Welcome from the Headmaster

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Welcome to the Cheam website!

You will read many differing ideas from so called experts on what the society of the future will be like.  The truth is no one knows!  However, what I can guarantee is that an education that prepares a child intellectually and emotionally for anything, that teaches the value of living and working collaboratively and enables your child to look forward with confidence and backwards with pride is both timeless and priceless. 

Cheam is a very special community where there is a unique energy and excitement that permeates through the buildings, children and the staff!

Cheam enjoys a close relationship with many of the top independent schools in England.  We pride our self on selecting the best senior school for the children in our care and then helping parents through the application, pre-test and successful transfer at the age of thirteen, winning plenty of scholarships and helping children to achieve outstanding exam results along the way. 

However, prep school should never be seen merely as a stepping stone onto the next stage.  The years at pre-prep and prep school are special and should be savoured by children and their parents.  Although work is paramount, Cheam encourages and helps children to experience a broad range of extras away from the classroom.  Standards achieved in both team and individual sports, are high and all standards and abilities are involved. The school runs many teams and offers opportunities in a diverse number of activities.  The standard of music and drama is exceptionally high and once again offers opportunities for all.

However, it is the experiences that are less easily measured or recorded that will mark a child’s time at Cheam as extra special.  The friendships that are forged within a supportive community and the valuable time that children spend together playing happily during their free time will stay with each of them for a lifetime.

It is virtually impossible to condense all that the children at Cheam experience from day to day into one place.  If this is your first taste, I hope our website gives a small flavour of life at Cheam, but nothing can replace a visit; you are guaranteed a warm welcome and I look forward to meeting you and discussing all things Cheam!

Martin Harris BSc, PGCE, Cert (Boarding Education)


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Head's biography

I have been a Headmaster for thirteen years at Sandroyd a prep school in Wiltshire. Prior to that I was a Deputy-Head for seven years at Ashdown House in Sussex. During my time as Head amongst other things I introduced co-education to the school, opened a pre- prep department, and implemented a development plan that included various enhancements to the curriculum as well as building a theatre, chapel, sports hall and new classrooms. I have taught Geography, History, English and Reasoning skills as well as coaching various sports throughout my career.

I still try and play some sport, cricket and golf mainly. In the past I have played a lot of football as well. Nowadays I watch as much sport as I play and I am looking forward to seeing the Cheam teams in action. I enjoy music and the theatre and have written and produced plays for the younger children in the prep school.

Catherine is a qualified Physiotherapist, (graduating from St Thomas’ Hospital and completing an MSc at Brighton University). She has been fully involved in most areas of school life and is looking forward to doing the same at Cheam.

  • 1645

    The year that Cheam was founded

  • 1934

    The year we were relocated to our current site in Headley

Cheam School
Headley, Newbury
Berkshire, RG19 8LD


School Office
01635 268242

School Registrar
01635 267822

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