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Cobham Free School is a state-funded, independent and co-educational school for pupils aged between 4 and 18. We opened in September 2012 with Reception, Years 1 and 2. We have since grown steadily and at September 2017 we catered for Reception and Years 1 to 6 in the Junior Department and Years 7, 8, 9 & 10 in the Senior Department. We will continue to grow year on year and are scheduled to reach capacity in 2020/21 with pupils from 4 to 18 in age, including a Sixth Form Department.

Methods of Admission into Cobham Free School

There are 4 methods of admission to enter into Cobham Free School:

  1. Admission into Reception in the Junior Department at age 4 at the start of the Autumn term, via Surrey County Council Schools Admissions process
  2. Admission into Year 7 in the Senior Department at age 11 at the start of the Autumn term, via Surrey County Council Schools Admissions process
  3. Admission into Sixth Form (Year 12) at age 16 in the Autumn Term before year of entry, via the CFS website online application form. Entry is selective.
  4. In-Year Admission at any time of year, via direct application to Cobham Free School, provided there is space in the relevant year group and your child is at the top of the waiting list, as determined by the over-subscription criteria in our Admissions Policy

Our Published Admissions Number (PAN) is 24 pupils for admission into Reception and 48 pupils for admission into Year 7 in September, at the start of the next academic year in the Autumn term.

We offer a limited number of pupils the opportunity of a Music Award scholarship priority at the time of normal admission into Year 7. Details of how the scheme works can be found in Music Award Scheme.

Pupil Premium priority applications must be accompanied by a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) which will need to be completed on our website (or via paper copy which can be requested from our Admissions Team).

1. Admissions into Reception (for entry at the start of the next academic year)

For admissions at the normal entry point into Reception at age 4 in the September of the next academic year, admissions will be coordinated by Surrey County Council. To apply for a Reception place via this admissions process, please apply via Surrey County Council School Admissions website (see link below). The closing date for applications is normally mid January and 'offer date' around mid April in the calendar year of entry (for example, for entry into Reception in September 2018 the closing date for applications will be 15 January 2018 and applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application on 16 April 2018). If you miss the deadline see Surrey County Council - Late Primary Applications for guidance. Please check the Surrey County Council School Admissions website for their published dates.

If you are applying for Pupil Premium priority, in addition to filling in the Surrey website form you will also need to complete our on-line Supplementary Information Form (SIF) via the link below on this website. If you need a paper copy of the SIF form please contact the Admissions Team.

2. Admissions into Year 7 (for entry at the start of the next academic year)

For admissions at the normal entry point into Year 7 at age 11 in the September of the next academic year, admissions will be coordinated by Surrey County Council. To apply for a Year 7 place via this admissions process, please apply via Surrey County Council School Admissions website (see link below). The closing date for applications is normally the end of October of the year prior to entry (for example, for entry in September 2018 the closing date was 31 October 2017). If you miss the deadline please see Surrey County Council - Late Secondary Applications for guidance. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application on 1 March in the calendar year of entry (for example 1 March 2018 for entry in September 2018). Please check the Surrey County Council School Admissions website for their published dates.

Music award applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application before the end of October. If you receive and accept an offer of a music scholarship, you will be ranked according to criteria number 5 in the over-subscription criteria within our Admissions Policy. If you are placed on the reserve list for the Music Award, you will be notified if/when we are able to offer you a music scholarship.

Applicants applying for Pupil Premium priority must also complete our on-line Supplementary Information Form (SIF) on this website via the link below in addition to filling in the Surrey County Council application form. If you need a paper copy of the SIF form please contact the Admissions Team.

3. Sixth Form Admissions (Year 12) for entry at the start of the next academic year

Cobham Free School welcomes applications for Sixth Form entry from pupils currently at other schools and expecting to achieve a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including both English Language and Mathematics.

The minimum subject grade which must be achieved at GCSE in order to continue to study that subject at A Level will be a grade 5 or 6. For some subjects, these minimum expectations are higher.

We would like to invite all interested students and parents to our open evening held in the Autumn Term. Please see the link to Open Days & Notices below for details of how to register for an upcoming information event. Please also see Policies & Documents for further details of our admissions policies.

The school manages its own admissions process for Sixth Form entries. The closing date is 7th December 2018 for September 2019 entry. Please complete the online application form in the link below to apply for a place. Applicants may be invited for interview to discuss subject choices.

4. In-Year Admissions (at any time)

In-Year Applications for Junior (Reception to Year 6)

All years from Reception to Year 6 are now full for the current academic year. If you wish to apply to be added to our waiting list, please apply directly to Cobham Free School using our Junior In-Year Admissions Application Form on this website. If you need a paper copy please contact the Admissions Team.

Please note waiting lists are ranked according to our over-subscription criteria, details of which are available in our admissions policy which can be found in Policies & Documents.

In-Year Applications for Senior (Years 7, 8, 9 and 10)

We currently have some spaces available in year 7 to 10 and welcome in-year applications. If you would like to apply for a place, please apply directly to Cobham Free School using the online Senior In-Year Admissions Application Form (see link below). If you need a paper copy please contact the Admissions Team.

Please note waiting lists are ranked according to our over-subscription criteria, details of which are available in our Admissions Policy which can be found in Policies & Documents.

Open Days and Further Information

Open Days

Cobham Free School holds a number of open day events in the autumn and summer terms where prospective applicants are able to find out more information about the school and our admissions arrangements. More information can be found in Open Days & Notices (see link below).

Admissions Team

If you have any queries or wish to obtain paper copies of our application forms, please contact the admissions team by phone on 0330 330 0237 (option 3) or by email at admissions@cobhamfreeschool.org.uk

Further Information

Details of our Admissions Arrangements, Admissions Policy and Admissions Appeals Timetable can be found in Policies & Documents. Further information about Cobham Free School (for example; term dates, pupil premium, music award scheme, curriculum, exams / assessment, pastoral care, extended day, school sites, policies and documents) can be found in other sections on this website, particularly in About, Departments and School Info.

Admissions Appeals

Parents who are unsuccessful in their application for a place for their child have a right of appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel. Please contact the admissions team by email at admissions@cobhamfreeschool.org.uk or telephone 0330 330 0237 (option 3) for further details. The Appeals Timetable which contains details on this process can be found in Policies & Documents >

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