We establish a strong sense of "coombe-unity" by embracing our values of being curious, creative and confident to develop ourselves as individuals as well as to support each other.
At Coombe we care about others and our environment. Students are encouraged and given many opportunities to collaborate, use their voice and to be active members of our community.
Every pupil in the school is placed in one of eight houses/ Each house has pupils from every year group and are named after planets, moons and constellations: Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Orion, Pluto, Saturn and Venus.
In their houses, the girls have the opportunity to develop their personalities and extend their skills through extra-curricular activities. These are organised by the Head of the house, members of staff and senior pupils.
House-based activities can include sports tournaments and competitions, music festivals and other events to raise money for house charities.
Through these events the girls gain a great deal of social, community and personal awareness and we find that students develop a sense of loyalty and commitment to their house. To identify the house in which they belong, pupils can wear a pin badge of their house colour, which the school provides at the beginning of the academic year.
Our student community thrives by asking questions, thinking outside the box to identify solutions while developing, sharing and asserting their ideas.
Curious. Creative. Confident.
Each year group has its own Year Council run by the Deputy Head of Year. The Pupil Council is run by one of the Assistant Headteachers.
Representatives for both councils are chosen by the tutor group. Staff and pupil representatives from across the year groups meet regularly to discuss matters of interest to students and to decide on how best to spend the Coombe Girls' School Fund. Ideas generated from this meeting are fed back to the Pupil Council.
This provides the girls with an opportunity to take part in debate, use initiative, be collaborative and take responsibility.
In the past, a number of the Council’s recommendations that have been adopted have included: changes to the school website; improving the school’s rewards system - the “Coombe Commendation” - , uniform changes and most recently, Culture Day, celebrating the many heritages that make up our school and local community. The Pupil Council even influences some staff appointments as council members often conduct their own panel interview.