|Type||Independent preparatory school|
|Department for Education URN||116520 Tables|
|Age||2 to 13|
|Enrolment||428 as of February 2016|
|Houses||Aldrich, 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.
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.
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