It all started in a house called Whitehall, now the site of a museum and visited on an annual basis by the younger children. The first event of any real note in the School's history was the Great Plague of London in 1666, when there was a great exodus from the City of London and villages like Cheam were suddenly overrun by children who had been sent there by wealthy parents in an attempt to escape the ravages of the plague.
In 1719 the School moved to Tabor Court where it remained for over 200 years. The move from Cheam to the present site took place in 1934, when the area was developing from a quiet leafy village to a busy suburb. Just before it moved, the Duke of Edinburgh was a pupil there. His son, the Prince of Wales, was also a pupil at this school.
The school occupies nearly a hundred acres of Hampshire countryside with grounds and gardens, near the border with Berkshire.
Two mergers in the 1990s, with Hawtreys and Inhurst House, have helped to establish Cheam as one of the leading co-educational schools in the country. Cheam School now educates boys and girls between the ages of three and thirteen. It has a combination of boarders and day-students
The current headmaster of Cheam School is Mark Johnson, who has been there since 1999. Mark Johnson won the 2007 Tatler Magazine 'Best Headmaster of a Prep School'. The school has a high level of academic work as well as drama productions, music and sports.
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