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The Round Square philosophy, ‘there is more to you than you think’ and ‘education through experience’, underpins everything the school does. Students are given a lot of autonomy and are trained and expected to take part in the running of the school. New curriculum focuses on real world skills and character development. The new Personal Discovery Framework Lessons is the phrase on everyone’s lips. Or it would be if it wasn’t such a clunky title. But it’s exciting stuff nonetheless, with project-based learning at the heart – includes everything from Dragons’ Den to journalism to fundraising. There’s a career element in there too – mainly…

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What the school says...

Dive into an education at Cobham Hall, where each student discovers there’s more in them than they thought. We know brilliance lies within each of our students.

We provide the academic knowledge for your daughter to flourish and will inspire her both to discover and develop the confidence to pursue her goals. Cobham Hall students are leaders, with leadership roles available across the School. Cobham Hall students become inquisitive, inspiring young people ready for life after school.

Our core values: Trust, Respect, Honesty, Kindness and Tolerance, provide the foundation for our Personal Discovery Framework, which encourages students to discover their talents and strengths.

The outstanding education provided by Cobham Hall provides more than solely academic knowledge. It develops key skills, including resilience, communication, determination, teamwork, and encourages curiosity. It enables today’s students to step into tomorrow’s world ready to embrace new challenges.

Our Sixth Form Programme offers a broad A Level subject options, complemented with courses that encourage all-round development. Sport and Global Critical Thinking provide balance, promote good physical and mental health, and encourage global awareness and discussion.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award or Service allow students to step out of their comfort zone, try new things, and support their community. As well as developing research and analytical skills, the Extended Project Qualification enables students to immerse themselves in a subject they are passionate about in a way that suits their abilities.

Students are encouraged to explore the world around them, either through activities such as Model United Nations, or on national and international trips. As a Round Square school, students can attend conferences both in the UK and globally. Closer to home, our 150-acre site provides students with space to reflect, to collect data for Science, to be inspired for Art, or simply to run around and enjoy being a child.

Cobham Hall’s small class sizes mean that each student gets the academic and pastoral support they need. We have timetabled Wellbeing lessons and a dedicated Wellbeing Centre. As a small School, we have a natural advantage in providing excellent, individual care for all our students. As Sixth Form pupil Maisy explains, “Each Department is extremely supportive, and I believe no student would go unseen if struggling, due to the small class sizes and passionate teachers.”
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Since 2020, Wendy Barrett. Previously deputy headmistress for three years, having originally worked her way up from part-time maths teacher when her daughter was a tot. A local lass, she attended a Kent grammar followed by Royal Holloway College to study maths and physics. Initially trained as an engineer and worked for Thorn EMI Instruments in Dover, eventually specialising in sales and marketing, then moved to the DTI then the Royal Fellowship of Engineering as a manufacturing engineer. After a career break, she retrained as a teacher (PGCE in secondary maths education from Canterbury Christ Church), teaching both maths and physics. Has held both academic and pastoral roles at Cobham, including as a Round Square representative, which involved taking girls on Round Square trips to South Africa, Botswana, Australia, Europe and the USA. Parents...

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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 Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health Y
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 Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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