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Cheam School

RG19 8LD

Coordinates51°21′13″N 1°15′28″W / 51.35364°N 1.25764°W / 51.35364; -1.25764
TypePrivate preparatory school
MottoOmnia Caritate (All things to be charitable)
Religious affiliation(s)Anglican
Established1645; 379 years ago (1645)
FounderGeorge Aldrich
Department for Education URN116520 Tables
HeadmasterWilliam Phelps
Age2 to 13
Enrolment428 as of February 2016
HousesAldrich, Beck, Gilpin, Tabor
Colour(s)Red and Blue

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


The school started in Cheam, Surrey.

In the 19th century, the school was strictly for the sons of gentlemen only. One boy had to leave when his father was found to be a tradesman, with a shop in London selling cutlery.[1]

In 1934 the school moved to its present site on the borders of Hampshire and Berkshire, previously a country house known as Beenham Court, when its part of Surrey was developing from a quiet village into 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, the future King Charles III, was later a pupil at the school.

Present day[edit]

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

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[2]
  • 1777–1805: William Gilpin (1757-1848)
  • 1805– ?: Joseph Wilson
  • 1826–1846: Charles Mayo
  • 1856–1890: Robert Tabor
  • 1891–1920: Arthur Tabor
  • 1921–1947: Harold Taylor
  • 1947–1963: Peter Beck[3]
  • 1963–1971: Michael Stannard
  • 1972–1985: Michael Wheeler
  • 1985–1998: Christopher Evers
  • 1998–2016: Mark Johnson
  • 2016-2021: Martin Harris
  • 2021-2022: Tom Haigh (acting)
  • 2022–present: William Phelps
  • 2024-present: Sophie Green and William Phelps (Co-Heads)

Notable alumni[edit]

In alphabetical order:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Arthur A. Adrian, Mark Lemon: First Editor of 'Punch' (1966), p. 8
  2. ^ "William Gilpin 1724-1804". Hantsweb. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  3. ^ "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
  4. ^ Illman, John (19 January 2024). "Chris Bulstrode: volunteered for the army as a trauma surgeon in his 50s". BMJ. 384: q133. doi:10.1136/bmj.q133. ISSN 1756-1833.
  5. ^ a b Anthony Holden, Prince Charles (1979), p. 119
  6. ^ "Obituary for Henry Carey Druce, Old Shirburnian Society website". 13 November 2008. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  7. ^ Screeton, Paul (2010). John Michell: From Atlantis To Avalon. Avebury: Heart of Albion Press. p. 2. ISBN 978-1-905646-16-6.
  8. ^ "Younger, Charles Frearson". Retrieved 29 March 2021.

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