Cobham Hall

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Coordinates: 51°23′40″N 0°25′07″E / 51.39444°N 0.41861°E / 51.39444; 0.41861

Cobham Hall
Established 1962
Type Independent day and boarding school
Headmaster Paul Mitchell
Location Gravesend
Kent
DA12 3BL
England
Local authority Kent
DfE number 866/6044
Students 180~ (2009)
Gender Girls
Ages 11–18
Website www.cobhamhall.com

Cobham Hall is an independent day and boarding school for girls in Cobham, Kent. The school is housed in a Tudor era manor, which is now Grade I listed. It is a Round Square school[1] and a member of the Girls' Schools Association.

The garden front in 2009

Building History[edit]

There has been a manor house on the site since the 12th century. The current building consists of a pair of Tudor wings built for William Brooke, 10th Baron Cobham in the 16th century and a later classical central block, the 'Cross Wing', remodeled in 1661-63 by Peter Mills of London, for Charles Stewart, 3rd Duke of Richmond.[2] The attic storey was extended and other alterations made for John Bligh, 3rd Earl of Darnley, by Sir William Chambers, ca 1767-70[3] A kitchen court was added to the rear in 1771-73. The most notable feature of the interior is the two-storey Gilt Hall, designed and installed by George Shakespear, master carpenter and architect, of London, who made extensive interior alterations, 1770-81.[4] The organ was built by John Snetzler in 1778-9.[5]

The fourth earl, who inherited in 1781, employed James Wyatt extensively, for interiors that included the Picture Gallery and the Dining Room, and for stables and a Gothic dairy.[6] The Library was fitted up by George Stanley Repton in 1817-20,[7] and with his son, John Adey Repton, in Jacobethan style, including the ceiling for "Queen Elizabeth's Room" (1817).[8] Cobham Hall remained the family home of the Earls of Darnley until 1957 and is now home to the school. It is open to the public on a limited number of days each year. [1]

Cobham Hall circa 1880.

The building has also been used as a film set. A scene in Agent Cody Banks 2 in which Frankie Muniz fights Keith Allen in a room full of priceless treasures was filmed in the Gilt Hall. Scenes from an adaption of Bleak House were also filmed outside the building, and it was also used in a few scenes in the comedy sketch show Tittybangbang.

The Hall is used as the school 'Abbey Mount' in the 2008 film Wild Child starring Emma Roberts..

School[edit]

Cobham Hall was founded as an international boarding school for girls aged between eleven and eighteen in 1962. The school has a large contingent of international students. Just over 50% are local British while the rest represent some 30 nationalities.[9]

Curriculum[edit]

In 2009, the administration decided to replace A Levels with the International Baccalaureate as its main curriculum in Sixth Form. Girls in Middle School (up to Year 11) follow the GCSE curriculum.[10]

Boarding[edit]

Over half of the student population are boarders. There are three boarding houses: Main Hall, Bligh House and Brooke House.[11]

Notable alumnae[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Round Square
  2. ^ Howard Colvin, "Peter Mills and Cobham Hall" in Colvin and John Harris, The Country Seat1970.
  3. ^ Colvin, A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840 3rd ed. 1995, s.v. "Chambers, Sir William".
  4. ^ John Cornforth, in Country Life, 3–10 March 1983, citing documents in Kent Archives Office, noted in Colvin 1995, s.v. "Shakespear, George".
  5. ^ S. Bicknell, The History of the English Organ, 1999.
  6. ^ Colvin 1995, s.v. "Wyatt, James".
  7. ^ John Preston Neale, Views of Seats, vi, 1821, noted in Colvin 1995, s,v. "Repton, George Stanley".
  8. ^ Colvin 1995, s.v. "Repton, John Adey".
  9. ^ International Students
  10. ^ Academic
  11. ^ Boarding Houses

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