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  • Cobham Hall
    Brewers Road
    DA12 3BL
  • Head: Dr Sandra Coates-Smith BSc PhD
  • T 01474 823371
  • F 01474 825906
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  • An independent school for girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Kent
  • Pupils: 180; 70 full, 5 weekly, 6 flexi boarders; sixth formers: 34
  • Religion: Christian Inter-denominational
  • Fees: Day £18,231 - £22,203; Boarding £27,546 - £34,551 pa
  • Open days: Lower and Middle School Taster Afternoon/Sleepover: Friday 5th/Saturday 6th October; Next Open Morning: Saturday 6th October
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

No one nationality dominates; ‘girls really do mix’ and integration taken seriously – no two girls of the same nationality are allowed to share a bedroom and there are ‘small sanctions, like kitchen duty, if you are caught speaking your native language during the day,’ said our guide. Sport has come on by leaps and bounds in recent years; ‘it was at the egg and spoon race stage when I arrived. Now we have girls trialling for the England U18 hockey team, the Kent County Schools show jumping champion, a girl in the…

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What the school says...

We could tell you about all the facilities we have our magnificent Manor House, swimming pool, tennis courts, art studios, dark room, cookery room, fitness suite, dance studio, the huge gym, even our new solar panels we could talk about our small class sizes and our Round Square ethos.

We truly believe that to succeed in and contribute to the World community you need more than good exam results. We take a lot of pride in the fact that our girls regularly perform above expectations in exams and get to universities of their choice. Importantly we care about and develop self-esteem and confidence, inter-personal skills, creativity, initiative, perseverance and happiness; empathy, kindness and a young persons desire to make a difference in the world. We are driven by the underlying belief that there is more in you than you think. By giving girls the opportunity to try new things, to take risks, to succeed and fail in a supportive and caring environment and to mix with girls from different communities and cultures brings out the best in our girls, develops their resilience and confidence, fosters understanding and compassion and uncovers new skills and interests.

What its like at Cobham? The true nature of the school the practical expression of all our philosophies and ideals, our size and our pupil make-up is perhaps best defined by the tiny details of our everyday life. Its inseparable room-mates , its enthusiasm engulfing a young face, the animated greetings between teachers and girls and the bedtime chats between Housemistress and their little ones. Its teenagers fluent in many languages and the random trade of expressions and phrases between students of different cultures. Its in the laughter in the corridor and the singing in the hallway and the cheerful roar of the dining room at breakfast, lunch and supper. Its found in the members of staff still at school well past the end of lessons; its in the cheers on the sports field and the melodies floating from the music wing. Its in the art on the walls and in the many hands up in class. Its in the very air as you walk through the front door. Come and see.
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UK Independent Schools’ Entry Test

School associations

Round Square - a network of 40 schools worldwide that share ideals such as internationalism, adventure and service.


Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.



What The Good Schools Guide says

Acting Headmistress

Dr Sandra Coates-Smith BSc PhD is holding the fort during the 2017/18 school year. Chemistry degree from King's College London and completed her PhD in physics whilst being sponsored by BP. She teaches physics and chemistry to sixth form level and is keen on encouraging girls to think of science as a career. She has worked in the Girlguiding movement and the D of E scheme, and counts finishing her old own gold award as one of her major achievements. Once a kayak instructor, she now crews for her husband on their boat.

Academic matters

The IB was introduced in 2009 and A levels phased out at the same time: however, this is going into reverse from 2018 with the IB being replaced by A levels. The results reflect the wide range of abilities within...

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Special Education Needs

We have provision for children who need support for dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia. Students are given an assessment and have timetabled lessons in our centre at the time when other girls are studying Latin.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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