It was a real delight to visit the Cobham Free School on its new site at the Old Police Station, Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey.
This free school is happily a victim of its own success as it is already over-subscribed in every year group. The pride and enthusiasm of the head mistress and her staff was palpable the minute we walked through the door to their new premises. Greeted by the Head, Michaela Khatib we were immediately impressed by her commitment and belief in the Free School concept. Ms Khatibput together the initial bid to start the school in June 2011 and has not looked back since.
The Cobham Free School opened its doors to its first intake of children in September 2012 at the former Gospel Hall in Cobham, however the head, governors, associates and staff have all been working tirelessly to get the new building in Portsmouth Road ready so that the whole school were able to relocate after half-term on Monday 4th of November, 2013 to its new premises. Presently the school goes up to year 6 but with its rapid expansion programme they are expecting to be an all through school by 2015 with the new sites being prepared now.
The new classrooms, music room, dining hall all provide bright spaces and a perfect learning environment for the children. The Governors have carefully selected a team of highly qualified and experienced staff and have formed partnerships with The Yehudi menuhin school and Chelsea FC foundation as well as working closely with the parents.
The schools’ ethos is “to deliver the very best of a traditional education in innovative and exciting ways; that provides a nurturing environment; that stimulates and engages inquisitive young minds.”
Anji Perkins and Amanda Pattenden of Pavilion Relocation who reviewed the schools facilities were incredibly impressed with this school and wish them all the success in the future that they deserve.