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Cobham Hall 11 plus guide

By Atom | Jun 20, 2023, 3:56 PM

Cobham Hall: a parents’ guide to Year 7 entry

Cobham Hall is a private day and boarding school in Gravesend, Kent, for girls aged 11 to 18. The school occupies a Grade I listed country house (which has been frequently used as a film set for 20th and 21st century film productions) and is located on a 150-acre estate. As a member of the Round Square, pupils at Cobham Hall are able to benefit from a range of opportunities to develop international understanding and interpersonal skills, including regional and international conferences, foreign exchanges, and service projects in South America and Africa.

Cobham Hall has a set of five core values – trust, respect, honesty, kindness, and tolerance – which create and instil a moral framework of behaviour. The school welcomes girls from all walks of life and ensures that all pupils treat one another with compassion and understanding. Pupils have access to an extensive network of pastoral care, including a form tutor, the head of school, a peer buddy, anti-bullying and wellbeing ambassadors, staff in the on-site wellbeing centre, and a mental health and wellbeing lead.

Girls at Cobham Hall have plenty of opportunities to develop their character and unlock their potential through the co-curricular programme. Pupils have access to a wide variety of clubs and activities in sports, the arts, modern languages, STEM, politics and more. Many girls compete at regional and national sports events, including Horse of the Year Show, the Kent Cross-Country Championships and Team GB.

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Key information for Cobham Hall

  • Head: Mrs Wendy Barrett

  • Address: Cobham Hall, Cobham, Brewers Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 3BL

  • County: Kent

  • Admissions contact: Mrs Caroline Ward – [email protected], 01474 823371

  • Age range and gender: 11–18, girls only

  • Number of pupils: approx. 130

  • Open day date: Register your interest on the school website

  • Overview of selection procedure: entrance tests, interview, group activity and school reference

  • Registration closes: not applicable, but early registration is advised

  • Assessment date: autumn term in Year 6

Cobham Hall fees and financial assistance

The current fees at Cobham hall are £7,100 per term for day students in Years 7–9, and £7,950 per term for day students in Years 10–11. Boarding starts at £11,500 per term for pupils in Years 7–9, increasing to £13,250 in the sixth form. Fees include all basic tuition, compulsory non-residential academic trips, in-school activities, stationery and meals.

Cobham Hall has a limited amount of funds available each year to support means-tested bursary applications. Bursaries are highly competitive, and the process will involve the results of your child’s entrance assessment, interviews and school reference, and a financial appraisal of your family’s circumstances.

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Pupils applying for Year 7 entry to Cobham Hall may also apply for a scholarship. Scholarships are awarded as recognition of exceptional ability, potential and commitment, and are available in art, drama, music and sport. Children who perform particularly well in the entrance exam will be invited to apply for an academic scholarship.

Cobham Hall term dates

The term dates at Cobham Hall for 2022–23 are:

  • Spring term: 10th January – 31st March 2023

  • Half term: 11th–19th February 2023

  • Summer term: 24th April – 1st July 2023

  • Half term: 27th May – 4th June 2023

The term dates at Cobham Hall for 2023–24 are:

  • Autumn term: 4th September – 15th December 2023

  • Half term: 21st October – 5th November 2023

  • Spring term: 9th January – 28th March 2024

  • Half term: 10th–18th February 2024

  • Summer term: 22nd April – 29th June 2024

  • Half term: 25th May – 2nd June 2024

Admissions process for Year 7 entry to Cobham Hall

1. Visit

If you are considering Cobham Hall for your daughter’s secondary education, it’s a good idea to visit the school first to make sure that it’s a good fit for your child. You will be able to speak to members of the school community and enjoy a tour of the school and its facilities with a current pupil.

To find out more about upcoming open events at Cobham Hall, complete the online form or get in touch with the admissions office. Personal tours can also be arranged at a mutually convenient time.

2. Registration

The admissions process for Cobham Hall begins when you register your child to secure a place on the waiting list. Early registration is recommended, as registrations will be considered in the order they are received.

You can register your daughter on the school website. You will need to pay a registration fee of £150 if you’re a UK resident, or £200 for overseas residents.

3. Test and interview

Pupils who have been registered for Year 7 entry to Cobham Hall will be invited to an entrance assessment day in the autumn term of Year 6. This experience is designed to give prospective pupils an insight into the academic and community life at the school.

Children will sit academic tests in English and maths and will have a personal interview with a member of the school leadership team. Candidates may also be invited to take part in a group activity on the same day.

4. Scholarships

Children who perform particularly well in the main entrance exam will be invited to apply for an academic scholarship.

If you would like your child to be considered for an art, drama, music or sports scholarship for Cobham Hall, your child will need to write directly to the headmistress.

5. Offers

If there is a place available in Year 7 at Cobham Hall, the school will make offers of places to candidates who:

  • Have performed well in the English and maths entrance exams

  • Have been positively recommended by the headteacher at their current school

  • Gave a satisfactory interview with a member of the school leadership team

Children whose marks in the English and maths tests put them as ‘borderline candidates’ may be invited to re-sit the tests.

How to prepare for 11 plus entry to Cobham Hall

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