Foundation Scholarships

Each year, Cumnor House Sussex offers two fully-funded Foundation Scholarships to children currently in Year 3 at a Sussex State Primary School, who are excelling academically and performing at the top of their Class.  The places are offered to children from families who could never afford to pay for an independent school education.

The Cumnor Foundation is unique, in covering the entire cost of a child’s education at an independent school for ten years, from the age 8 to 18, and includes other activities such as sport, music, art and DT, as well as school uniform and school trips.  Successful applicants join Cumnor House Sussex in Year 4 (aged 8+) and remain with us until Year 8 (aged 13+) when they move on to one of our 16 independent senior school partners, subject to meeting the entry criteria of each school.  There they will 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 College, Bede’s Senior School, Benenden School, Cranleigh School, Eastbourne College, Hurstpierpoint College, The King’s School Canterbury, Lancing College, Mayfield School, Radley College, Roedean School, St. Mary’s School Ascot, Sevenoaks School, Tonbridge School, Wellington College and Worth School.

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 ‘Foundation Application Form’ and a ‘Confidential Statement of Financial Circumstances Form’.  If the initial financial criteria are successfully met, a more detailed financial assessment will be undertaken, in strict confidence, by Bursary Administration Ltd (BAL).   Parents or guardians will then be invited into Cumnor House Sussex with their child, and while the parents or guardians meet with the Headmaster, the child will undergo some academic testing.  Should they reach the necessary academic standards, they will be invited to attend an ‘Experience Day’ where they will be fully immersed into Cumnor life.  During the course of the day, they will work and play alongside their contemporaries, be interviewed by the Headmaster and, where appropriate, offered the opportunity to show any particular additional talents in the areas of sport, music, art or drama.

Places are offered depending on the particular degree of promise shown by a child.  Once a place is offered, the family will be provided with appropriate on-going support in the form of a Family Mentor and the child will be allocated a Tutor.

Applications are now OPEN for Foundation Scholars who will join us in Year 4 at start of the 2022/23 Academic Year in September 2022The Application deadline is Friday 18th March 2022

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Olivia Henley, Foundation Manager, by calling 01825 790 347 or emailing her at:

Cumnor House Sussex

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

01825 790347

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