Pre-Prep FAQs

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We hope you find the following FAQs informative:

What time does the school day start?

Children can arrive from 8.10am, Monday – Friday. They must be in school by 8.30am ready to start the day. Year 1 and 2 children go straight to the playground before 8.30am to be greeted by a member of staff from their year group.  Reception and Nursery children go to their classrooms to be greeted by their teachers. On a Monday, Wednesday and Friday the children go into Assembly at 8.40am.

What time does the school day end?

The Pre-Prep school day finishes at 3.30pm.  After School Club runs each day for any child in Pre-Prep and Year 3 until 5.55pm.  Year 1 and 2 children are able to attend clubs which operate daily until 4.30pm.  Reception are able to attend Ballet, Tennis and Football Clubs.  Nursery are able to join Ballet.

Who should I contact at school regarding various matters?

Your first point of contact should always be your child’s Class Teacher regarding academic or pastoral issues. For any other questions contact the Pre-Prep Office. Should you wish to discuss anything further with Mrs Marriott please let her know.

How do I contact the school?

Please email or ring the Pre-Prep Office if you need to inform us of any information especially to let us know about any changes in pick up arrangements.  The Pre-Prep Office number is 01635 267 816 and the email is The Office is closed after 4.00 pm.  If you need to get hold of After School Club please ring 07765 655 860

How can I email other Staff?

All email addresses are surname followed by initial (e.g. The Pre-Prep Office is for general enquiries.

Who should I contact if my child is ill or to get permission for an appointment?

If your child is absent due to illness, please RING the Pre-Prep Office – 01635 267 816 before 9.00am. If you have to make an appointment to take your child out of school during school hours, please email the Pre-Prep Office.  If you need to take you child out of school for a day you will need to email Mrs Marriott  – – for permission.

Who should I notify if my child has any allergies?

Please let the Pre-Prep Office know and Mrs Moore will notify the kitchen and other staff. It is important we have this information before your child starts in the school. Any medicines should be handed to the class teacher, who will ask you to complete a consent form so that we can administer the medicines. All medicines will be stored in a locked cupboard or fridge.

My child enjoys music – what is available for them, musically?

All Pre-Prep children will get two sessions of Specialist Music Class teaching.  Year 2 children get the opportunity of attending for a term a recorder group, introduction to brass instruments group and introduction to string instruments group.  At present the School Policy is for them not to learn an individual instrument until they go into Year 3. 

Do the children do prep at school?

When your child is starting to read picture books and then books with words, these will be sent home along with some word building games.  As they progress so handwriting will be sent home along with high frequency words and spellings.  All children will be encouraged to bring in items and research information for class topics.  However the staff will support you to ensure you know how to help your child at home.  All learning should be fun.

How do I access my children’s reports?

Year 1 and Year 2 reports are emailed to parents at the end of the spring and summer terms. Early Years Reports are provided in the summer term.  All Pre-Prep are able to meet to discuss their child’s progress formally in the autumn and spring terms at Parents Evening.  However you are welcome to discuss your child’s learning with their class teacher throughout their time in Pre-Prep especially if you are worried about their progress. Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 Parents will be invited into the classroom every term to have a look at their child’s work during a class showing.

Which uniform should my child wear in September, when they return to school?

Children return to school wearing their ‘winter’ uniform. Summer uniform is worn in the summer term only. 

Cheam School
Headley, Newbury
Berkshire, RG19 8LD


School Office
01635 268242

School Registrar
01635 267822

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