Cobham Free School to Open at Munro House after Planning Application Approved by Elmbridge’s Planning Committee |

Cobham Free School to Open at Munro House after Planning Application Approved by Elmbridge’s Planning Committee

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
On Tuesday 11 February 2020 planning permission was approved by Elmbridge Borough Council’s Planning Committee for the conversion of Munro House, Portsmouth Road, Cobham, into a new school building for Cobham Free School.

This opens up the potential for the school’s senior department to decant from its current temporary accommodation in West Molesey and relocate to their permanent facility in Cobham ahead of the previously scheduled date of September 2021. The sixth form is already based at the Munro House site, following its successful opening in September 2019.

The existing building will be fully refurbished and equipped with brand new facilities to cater for the delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum, meeting the requirements of the original vision for the school. This includes the provision of six science laboratories, music and drama teaching rooms, recording studio, fine art, food technology and graphic design spaces, welfare and general teaching classrooms. Additionally, there will be two new build blocks for performing arts and sports, including: a 520 seater auditorium, recital room, sports hall, activity/dance studio and changing provisions. 


Key Stage 2 pupils (aged 7 to 11), currently based at The Old Police Station in Cobham are set to move to Munro House in September 2021 while infants will remain at the Old Police Station. Once at capacity, the Munro House building will serve 920 pupils and the infant department will expand to provide 144 places. 
Michaela Khatib, Executive Head stated: 
"We are delighted that our application has been approved by the planning committee. This is a significant step towards developing the building to enable our pupils to be educated together in Cobham. We are looking forward to using our exciting new facilities in the future, allowing us achieve our aim to provide an exceptional learning environment."
Howard Morris, Chair of Governors stated: 
"The new permanent building at Munro House will mean we can continue to offer an excellent standard of education to local families. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported our free school project, which has generated new school places and brought secondary education back to Cobham for the first time in over 20 years."