Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Cobham Free School

On Friday, I visted  the Cobham Free School, a new independent state primary school for boys and girls from ages 4 to 11. It opened in September 2012. Headteacher, Michaela Khatib, showed me around the school - and plans for the imminent development of the old police station.

The school's website sets out more information on their aims and ethos, including:
  • Small class sizes of 20-23 pupils.
  • An emphasis on nurturing the individual child.
  • Extended school day available (8am-6pm) to help working parents.
  • French included in the curriculum from Reception upwards.
  • A full programme of 'extra curricular' activities such as Music, Drama and Sport.
  • Chromebook laptop for every pupil from Year 1 upwards.
  • Access to indoor swimming pool.
It's amazing to see the sponsors' plans come to fruition. The local demand is clear from parents. The school is over-subscribed by a ratio of 4 applicants for each place. The school had a wonderful buzz about it, and the the enthusiasm of the teachers has certainly rubbed off on the children.

The same group are now applying to set up a senior school in Cobham, and have been accepted to interview stage by the Department of Education.

Meeting pupils with Michaela Khatib (Headteacher)
and Andrew Smith (Deputy Head)


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