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September 04th 2017

A Welcome to our New Headmistress

Cobham Hall is delighted to announce that our Headmistress for the 2017-2018 academic year will be our former Deputy Headmistress, Dr Sandra Coates-Smith.

Following the decision of Mr Paul Mitchell to retire as Headmaster of Cobham Hall at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year, we are pleased to confirm that our former Deputy Headmistress, Dr Coates-Smith, is taking over whilst a permanent replacement is recruited.

Dr Coates-Smith has been working at Cobham Hall since 1991.  With a BSc in Chemistry and a PhD in Physics, Dr Coates-Smith enjoys teaching both subjects to all ages and abilities.  “What I value most about Cobham Hall is that we are such an energetic and diverse community,” she explained. “We welcome girls from all over the world as well as from the local area and we have an academically comprehensive intake.  Students of all abilities are challenged to do the very best they can and everybody has such a ‘give it a go’ attitude.  As an all-girls school we offer a really first rate education to our students and I am proud of what they achieve.”

Dr Coates-Smith originally applied for a post at Cobham Hall because it is a Round Square school.  At the time, both of her parents worked at a Round Square school, and so she knew of the organisation’s ethos.  “My intention this year is to protect our ethos of challenge and diversity and to lay firm foundations for the future of Cobham Hall.”

Welcoming staff at the beginning of the new school year, Dr Coates-Smith reaffirmed her belief in the School, saying, “I cannot think of a better way to be ending my career.  I believe we have a fantastic place here for girls to get a first class education and I intend saying that loudly and clearly to anyone I can get to listen for the forthcoming year.”

We look forward to a busy and exciting year.    

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