Our Step-by-Step guide covers the general process for Admissions to Cobham Hall. Here are a few additional details you may find useful if you are joining us from outside the UK.
All overseas students have the choice of sitting Cobham Hall’s own entrance assessments or to apply via UKiset – the UK Independent Schools’ entry test. Please visit the UKiset website for full details of this entry route, and to register for this test. UKiset assessments can be taken at approved test centres around the world.
If you wish to apply to Cobham Hall using UKiset Entrance Assessments, please include us when completing the ‘School Selection Form’ on the UKiset website. Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for your Profile Package to be sent to Cobham Hall.
On receipt of your Profile Package and test results, we will be in touch with you or your representative accordingly.
Alternatively, if you would prefer to sit Cobham Hall’s own Entrance Assessments, please contact our Admissions team on 01474 823371 on via email@example.com. For overseas students who are unable to attend for Entrance Assessments or scholarship papers, arrangements can usually be made for assessment at their current schools. Skype and phone interviews will also be arranged.
UK Visa Requirements
Cobham Hall is a Licensed Tier 4 Sponsor. If your daughter is joining us from overseas, we are able to sponsor her visa for the duration of her study at Cobham Hall. However, we do not manage the visa application process. We strongly advise all prospective students and their parents to be aware of the visa application process and read the information on the UK Government website. You may also want to check these ‘Top Tips’ to ensure a smooth arrival through UK Border Control when you travel here to begin your studies.
If your daughter’s first language is not English, we have an excellent English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Department. They will provide her with language support lessons and offer help, support and advice for girls adapting to life at a British Boarding School. You can find out more about our EFL Department by clicking here.
All overseas students must have a Guardian residing in the UK. This may be a relative, a friend of the family or someone appointed through an agency. To find agencies that offer Guardianship services for overseas students, and are accredited by AEGIS (Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students), please visit www.aegisuk.net. Parents should contact the agencies directly. Guardianship arrangements are the responsibility of parents. Cobham Hall takes no responsibility for appointing Guardians or for payment for Guardianship fees.
Guardians are responsible for looking after students during school holidays and weekend Exeats. They will also be your daughter’s emergency contact. Guardians should also liaise with the School on travel arrangements for the beginning and end of term.
Guardians will be sent copies of all school mailings and are encouraged to attend Parents’ Meetings and other school events.
NHS and Medical Information
If your daughter has been previously registered with a doctor under the National Health Service, she must bring her Medical Card to school on entry. If the card has been lost, the name and address of the doctor with whom she was previously registered must be sent to us. If your daughter has not been previously registered and will be at the School for a year or more, we will register her name with the School Doctor. Short stay students will be registered if there is a need. Our School doctor is based at Meopham Medical Centre.
Parents of girls who are resident in countries for which free hospital treatment in the UK is not available are advised to be adequately insured. Cobham Hall recommends BUPA Health Insurance. The fee for this cover is automatically added to the termly School Fee Invoices as an optional item.
Exeats, Holidays and Weekends
Exeats are mid-term weekend breaks. On these weekends, students are encouraged to leave Cobham Hall on Friday evening, between 4.30pm and 6pm, to spend some time away from school with family, friends or guardians. Students must return to school between 6pm and 9pm on Sunday. Although it is advisable for students to leave school for Exeat weekends, it is not always possible for parents to make such arrangements and so students may remain at school. During Exeat weekends, all students move to one Boarding House, where supervision is provided.
At half terms, students may leave school from 4.30pm on Friday and return between 6pm and 9pm on the Sunday before school resumes. There are no facilities for students to stay in school over half term. Housemistresses must have full details of all arrangements including travel and where the student will be staying during the holiday period.
On all other weekends an afternoon programme of activities is organised and boarders remain under the supervision of the School. Parents are of course welcome to visit students at weekends. Written notice must be given to facilitate arrangements.
Please visit our Term dates webpage for details of exeat weekends and holidays for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years, and provisional 2017-2018 dates.