Welcome to Boarding

When we ask our boarders what words they would use to describe Cobham Hall Boarding, we get ‘sisterhood’, ‘never boring’, ‘friends forever’ and ‘laughter’.  From outings with other Year Groups to whole School events, our Boarding community is, as you’d expect, a family. 

Whether a Boarder or a day girl, there are ‘Big Sisters’ – girls allocated from the year above to help you settle in.  There’s also Heads of House – girls chosen by their peers to act as liaison between the girls and the Housemistresses, and of course, the Housemistresses, always armed with a smile and a ready ear to listen – whether you need a serious chat or a someone to share a joke with. 

As with any family, it’s important each member feels valued and heard, and so each year group regularly has meetings with a Housemistress.  A chance to catch-up, unwind and raise any concerns they may have, these meetings are a useful tool in ironing out any niggles before they become major issues – hot chocolate and cake are always a popular addition to these meetings.

Years 7 to 11, and girls studying on our Pre-IB Course, all live in Main Hall – the original 16th Century Manor House.  Although the girls have had their input, from the pink and yellow bathroom in Flowers Corridor, to the Manhattan Skyline in Larch Common Room.  Quite different from Lord Darnley’s tastes, we’re sure!

Find out more about Main Hall Boarding

Our Sixth Form live in one of two dedicated Sixth Form Houses – Brooke or Bligh.  Purpose-built accommodation, these Boarding Houses allow our Sixth Form to lead much more independent lives.   Still overseen by Housemistresses, the Sixth Form are expected to find their own balance between study, personal leisure time and organised activities. 

Find out more about Sixth Form Boarding

The girls are involved in choosing their trips and activities.  There are two mid-week evening outings in the local area, rotating between different year groups.  The weekends are reserved for bigger outings further afield – although each term there will be a chill out Sunday; the perfect opportunity to get that lie-in, make the most of the School’s grounds or simply relax in one of the Common Rooms.

Find out more about Trips and Outings

Often, day girls will join our full or weekly Boarders on a flexi-basis.  Whether that’s the occasional night, or a few nights each week on a temporary or permanent arrangement, day girls become ‘honorary boarders’ each night they stay, fitting right in with the routine and taking part in all the activities.

Find out more about Flexi-Boarding

“The boarding experience ensures that pupils are extremely well prepared for life after school.”

– Independent Schools’ Inspectorate,
February 2015

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  • July 21, 2017 Want to know more about Boarding at Cobham Hall? Read more
  • July 19, 2017 This year, for the first time, Year 12 joined Year 7 for our annual Boarding Week. Catch up on the fun: Read more
  • June 29, 2017 girls enjoying the Boarding Awards Ceremony last night Read more
  • June 29, 2017 Boarding Awards were so much fun!. Dancing and magic were the highlights! Well done to all for another fabulous year. MissF Read more
  • June 29, 2017 Congratulations to Sarah for "Boarder of the Year" and Zara's "Lifetime Achievement Award" at last night's Boarding Awards 1/2 Read more
  • June 28, 2017 Todayt is our 6th Annual Boarding Awards Ceremony This year I am giving a Lifetime Achievement Award to 2 girls. Read more
  • June 27, 2017 And the final countdown begins as we enter the last week of term!
  • June 24, 2017 Year 5 Taster Sleepover last night made felt unicorns.Some learnt how to make stitches for the first time. MissF Read more