Senior Department Life

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Senior Department - Year 7 to Year 11

The Cobham Free School (CFS) senior department opened in September 2014 following a successful bid to the government as part of wave 4 of the Free School Programme. It merged with the junior department to form an all-through school, with Year 6 CFS pupils automatically progressing to Year 7 without the need to re-apply. There are 80 additional spaces for external applicants into Year 7 in September 2021 and 2022, and 48 extra places from 2023 onwards. The senior school has 4 forms per year group (104 pupils) with the exception of Year 11, which has 3 classes. The department is based in the Main School, Portsmouth Road, Cobham, KT11 1TF.

Students in the senior department are taught a traditional, knowledge-rich curriculum delivered in exciting and imaginative ways. They study a wide range of subjects in Key Stage 3 and are able to choose from a varied selection of options for Key Stage 4 GCSEs. All students undertake classes in the English Baccalaureate (Ebacc) subjects and are well-prepared for success in GCSEs exams at the end of Year 11. There is a focus on helping students achieve their aspirations for the future through a well-planned Careers education programme.

During their time in the senior school years pupils have access to an excellent enrichment programme, providing the opportunity to explore individual interests, and develop skills and talents. Pupils are encouraged to contribute to the wider school life in a variety of ways, such as taking on leadership positions, being part of the eco group or school council, contributing to sports teams and musical performances or playing an active part in the House System.

We have very high expectations for behaviour, with the intention that students demonstrate respect and courtesy to all in the community. A smart appearance, with close adherence to the uniform code and high standards of personal presentation are also required.

Ms Wilson

Mrs Newman

Message from Ms Wilson and Mrs Newman - Co-Heads of Senior

We wish you a warm welcome to Cobham Free School (CFS) senior department, where we have the highest expectations, the highest aspirations and a strong, supportive community. With small class sizes, we are able to get to know each of our students individually and provide them with excellent teaching, excellent sporting facilities, and a wide and varied curriculum.

Pupils thrive at CFS where warm and supportive relationships are fostered both within the classroom and through our large extra-curricular activity programme, which enables students to develop the knowledge and skills required to excel in the future.

"CFS are doing a fabulous job. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic my child continued to enjoy their large range of lessons and activities."

CFS Parent

Senior School Day

Students are able to enter the school premises from 8:15 in the morning, doors open for registration at 8:20 and lessons finish at 16:00. Single lessons are 35 minutes in length although many subjects are taught in double periods.

We have an extended day with all pupils being offered free clubs or homework study supervision until 16:45.

"The teachers are incredibly patient, supportive and caring. Thank you to everyone at CFS."

CFS Parent

We are pleased to be able to offer bronze, silver and gold levels of the Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) at Cobham Free School. This opportunity is open to all students in Year 9 - Year 13.