Foundation Scholarships

Each year, Cumnor House Sussex offers two fully-funded Foundation Scholarships to talented children who currently attend state primary school and who excel academically.  It is an advantage if they also show outstanding potential in sport, music, art, DT or drama.

The Cumnor Foundation Scholarship is unique, in covering 100% of the cost of independent school fees for ten years, from the age 8 through to the age of 18.  Foundation Scholars are offered the opportunity to join Cumnor House Sussex from state school on a 100% scholarship in Year 4 (aged 8+).   They remain with us until Year 8 (aged 13+) when they move on to one of sixteen independent senior school partners, subject to the entry criteria of each school.  There they will be complete their school education to Year 13 (aged 18), as part of that school’s own 100% funded bursary programme.

Our current independent senior school partners are Ardingly, Bede’s, Benenden, Cranleigh, Eastbourne College, Hurstpierpoint College, The King’s School Canterbury, Lancing, Mayfield, Radley, Roedean, St. Mary’s Ascot, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, Wellington College and Worth.

The Foundation Scholarships are strictly means-tested annually, and are only awarded to children from families who could never afford to pay for a private school education, either through their single or joint incomes, or the release of assets. 

The application process initially involves completing a financial form and an application form. If the financial application is successful, parents will meet with the Headmaster and their child is invited to attend an ‘experience day’ where they will be fully immersed into Cumnor life.  During the course of their day they will be interviewed, undergo an academic assessment and be given the opportunity to show their talents in sport, music, art, DT or drama, as appropriate.

Places are offered depending on the particular degree of promise shown by a child.  Once a place is offered, the family will be visited at their home by a staff member to ensure that appropriate on-going support is provided for the family as a whole.

The application process for 2019 is now closed.  It will open again in January 2020 for potential Foundation Scholars who will join Year 4 at the start of the 2020-21 academic year in September 2020.

For further information contact Cecilia, our Registrar by calling 01825 792 006 or emailing her :

Cumnor House Sussex

Cumnor House Sussex, London Road, Danehill, Haywards Heath, Sussex, RH17 7HT

01825 790347

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