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A friendly, family-orientated school at the heart of the local community

Chesham Prep is a unique place and has a well-deserved reputation, dating back to its foundation in 1938, for being a friendly, family-orientated school at the heart of the local community. Set in the Bucks countryside, it is a caring and nurturing community where the children aim high, work hard and achieve great things.


We are the Early Years

 3 to 5 years

Our Early Years Department is a happy, friendly and welcoming place. We pride ourselves on developing very close relationships with both the children and their families. The children enjoy a variety of activities together as a whole department such as the Christmas Nativity play, school trips and other celebrations. We also join the Junior School for assemblies and Harvest Festival.


We are the Juniors

5 to 8 years

The Junior School years are exceptionally important as children grow tremendously in independence, which in turn leads to greater confidence and self-esteem. They start to take more responsibility for their own learning. In the Junior School we have a balanced curriculum where the children benefit from teaching by specialist teachers for Spanish, French, ICT, PE and Music.

YEARS 1 to 4, KEY STAGE 1 & 2

We are the Seniors

9 to 13 years

We teach children to be forward thinking, adaptable and independent and they grow into confident individuals with excellent social skills, a strong moral awareness and a good understanding of core values. They will learn how to question, to think for themselves and to work successfully with others and be proud of their own and others’ success.

YEARS 5 to 8, KEY STAGES 2 & 3

‘I knew as soon as I looked at it – it’s just got a vibe about it and is the best decision I’ve ever made,’ said a parent, as did many others besides. More grounded, less pressured and softer around the edges than some of the other local offerings, this is a real community school that lives up to its promise of making learning fun, and the results speak for themselves.

It takes some skill to combine a slick private school offering with the relaxed vibe of the local village school but Chesham Prep in South Bucks has managed the near impossible.
Muddy Stilettos 2018

“Don’t be afraid to get involved because everyone will help you with a smile on their face”, says one pupil, perfectly conveying the family feel that pervades this Bucks prep – and extends to the neighbouring farm’s friendly cows and horses.  And get involved they do, whether singing at the O2 arena, holding their own election, or flocking to ‘Little Samurai’ fitness club.  Having made the most of every opportunity, leavers head to grammar school or top local independents.  Head Jonathan Beale, who’s been at Chesham for two decades, has seemingly boundless energy: he’s introduced a Creative Curriculum, a new performance hall is on the cards and, last May, he ran the Edinburgh half marathon.  The Tatler Good Schools Guide 2021

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Open Days 22nd and 25th September

We look forward to welcoming you and your family to our wonderful school on either Wednesday 22nd or Saturday 25th September.  There will be tours of the school and the opportunity to speak to our class teachers and specialist teachers as you go round.

“This is a real community school that lives up to its promise of making learning fun, and the results speak for themselves.” The Good Schools Guide 2020/21.

Huge heartfelt thanks for the brilliant remote provision this week and delivering superb teaching in, yet again, a very challenging situation.  A Parent.

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