Prince Charles, eight years old, will say goodbye to his Mother and Father next month and take the loneliest step in his life - to boarding school.
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Background: Prince Charles, eight years old, will say goodbye to his Mother and Father next month and take the loneliest step in his life - to boarding school.
In a grey suit and blue cap embroidered with a gold "C", he will go off to Cheam School, Headley, five miles from Newbury, Berkshire.
Prince Philip was there from 1930 to 1933.
Cheam has two head masters - Mr. Peter Beck, father of two, and Mr. Mark Wheeler, with seven assistant masters and two mistresses. Mr. Beck's wife and the four matrons look after welfare.
Parents of the 92 boys, whose ages range from eight to 13, pay GBP94.10.0. per term - many of the boys graduating to Eton and Dartmouth.
The curriculum is based on the public schools common entrance exam and Prince Charles, who will be nine in November, will be in the lowest form with about 10 other boys. A mistress will teach them.
Pupils have a GBP100 regulation uniform which includes a grey Sunday suit and corduroys for everyday wear. They can be caned for misbehaviour.
Cheam School first became associated with the Royal Family when Prince Louis of Battenburg, First Sea Lord in 1914, noticed that two midshipmen had remarkably good manners. Both came from Cheam. He decided to send his son, Prince George, to the school. In his turn, Prince George send his son, the present Marquis of Milford Haven, to Cheam in 1928 - followed by his cousin, Prince Philip.
Standing in extensive grounds, the school has its own swimming pool and sports ground. There is an extensive sporting programme which includes football, rugby and cricket.