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It’s the academic fare that really appeals. 'All learning should be fun,’ says the school. Confirmed by parents who praised ‘magical’ teachers – recruitment boosted by staff housing in ‘Cheamville’. New recruits with ultra-serious outlook (several ‘worryingly young’ – though average age is 37) are encouraged to lighten up. ‘All seem to get the same principle which is that…if you can’t have a laugh in prep school years, good luck to rest of your life,’ said mother.

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Cheam School was founded in 1645 and offers a traditional first class education for boys and girls in the 3-13 range. The school has outstanding facilities including new classrooms, music school, science block and a magnificent indoor sports centre and Art, Design & Technology Centre. Children have the opportunity to board on a flexible basis in the build up to transfering to weekly boarding if they wish. This boarding/day split of children aged 8-13 is 1/4. Cheam was awarded Outstanding status by Ofsted in its last boarding inspection. Set in over 80 acres of magnificent Hampshire parkland, Cheam is within easy reach of London and mainline stations and Heathrow and Gatwick. The school strives for excellence in all areas of the broad education on offer. ...Read more

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Head

Since 2016, Martin Harris BSc (50s). Previously head of Sandroyd for 13 years. After missing out on the RAF (too tall) started in the City only to realise that catching the same train every morning for 40 years wasn’t for him. Coached children at holiday camp, loved it, gained PGCE and hasn’t looked back. Had two spells at Ashdown House, first as a teacher (1991-1996), returning as deputy, then acting head (1998-2003), with a stint as deputy head at King’s Rochester in between.

Two children with wife Catherine, who traded physiotherapy career for role here as an informal conduit for staff, parent and pupil concerns. Family completed by obligatory dog - a terrier rather than standard issue labrador.

With little time off (Sundays often filled with paperwork and...

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Special Education Needs

Cheam caters for children with certain special needs. There is a thriving Learning Support Department on site which assists children with mild forms of dyslexia and dyspraxia. The staff are very experienced and fully attuned to the needs of the children. Detailed and accurate profiles are kept up to date and such information shared with the staff. There is effective communication between the LS Department and the teaching staff thus ensuring that each child's specific needs are met. Children can be screened in house and, if required, tested at school by an educational psychologist. Bright and gifted children are also well catered for and can fast track through the school into the scholarship streams in the final two years. Pupils are streamed from Year 4 upwards. Bright and gifted pupils are prepared for scholarship exams to their public schools in small, 'stand alone' scholarship forms in Years 7 and 8.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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