Cheam School is located on the border between the counties of Berkshire and Hampshire, near the city of Basingstoke. Cheam dates back to 1645, making it one of the oldest private school in the UK. It moved to its current site in 1932, where its 100 acres of pristine grounds are dominated by the beautiful Georgian mansion. Its former pupils include Prince Philip and Prince Charles. The huge school grounds are seemingly endless and there are cricket pitches, six hard tennis courts and an outdoor swimming pool. But it doesn’t end there. There’s a smart modern sports hall and a historic chapel that doubles up as a performance hall – perfect for our school’s Talent Show!
Cosy, typical Boarding School teaching spaces that add to the students’ experience of an authentic Boarding School atmosphere. All the necessary means of technology used in modern classrooms, such as computers and projectors, can also be found.
The Boarding School experience offers young students the chance to immerse themselves in the authentic atmosphere that exists uniquely in a British boarding school.
Being part of a boarding school community develops confidence, community spirit, independence, social skills, respect for others, self-motivation, responsibility and encourages children to live and work together harmoniously, building strong friendships in the process.
Residential accommodation is provided in shared rooms with bath/shower facilities on each floor. There are no separate boarding houses at Cheam – students can simply go upstairs to their dormitory on the first or second floor of the main building.
Our unique interactive activities programme exploits the wonderful natural environment that surrounds Cheam. All our activities aim to help students develop self-knowledge and self-confidence, respect diversity and form authentic relationships. Students also enjoy a guided tour of the local Old Camp gardens, and dance evenings.
Another feature of our courses is the Team Competition – students are divided up into groups and the programme runs on a semi-competitive basis which is very successful and generates a lot of interest and rivalry! The names of the teams are inspired by local wildlife: Ponies, Squirrels, Badgers and Rabbits.
Students enjoy the varied excursions which include a full day excursion to London (with a walking tour of main sights) and Oxford (with a visit to Oxford University’s Museum of Natural History and Pitt Rivers Museum.)
The three half day excursions are to the top attraction in the South of England, Highclere Castle. It is where the series Downton Abbey was filmed – the tour includes a visit to the castle and grounds (and the Egyptian exhibition held there). Students will also have the opportunity to explore the picturesque medieval city of Winchester where we visit the magnificent cathedral, and go on an exciting trip to LEGOLAND Windsor Resort.