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Cheam School Newbury, Berkshire
Cheam School
380 pupils, ages 4-13
Day and Boarding

Cheam School

Undisputedly smart on the outside, delightfully down to earth on the inside, this impressive Berkshire prep is one of the oldest in the country – and wears its history and heritage with pride. It’s a winning mix of old-fashioned country values and progressive quirkiness, where academic standards are sky-high and children hop off to top boarding schools all over the country. An exciting place to be.
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  • Fees and bursaries

    Day fees per term

    Year 1£4,120
    Year 2£4,120
    Year 3£6,065
    Year 4£6,920
    Year 5£6,920
    Year 6£7,345
    Year 7£7,345
    Year 8£7,345
    Boarding fees per term

    Year 1-
    Year 2-
    Year 3-
    Year 4£9,110
    Year 5£9,110
    Year 6£9,535
    Year 7£9,535
    Year 8£9,535

    Cheam offers means-tested bursaries of up to 100 per cent of fees to children entering the school in Years 4 or 7, although in rare cases they do offer outside of this. The decision to offer bursaries is made on academic performance in the entrance exam, academic record and potential in extracurricular activities, as well as financial need.

    See below for more information about the school’s bursary provision, as well as information on how to apply:

    Bursary contact:
    Registrar Amanda Arkwright
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Headley, Newbury, Berkshire RG19 8LD

01635 268242


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