Each year, Cumnor House Sussex offers two fully-funded Foundation Scholarships to talented children who currently attend state primary school and who are academically gifted or show outstanding potential in sport, music, art, DT or drama.
The Foundation Scholarship is unique in covering 100% of the cost of independent school fees for ten years, from Year 4 (age 8+) through to Year 8 (age 13+) and thereafter, at one of Cumnor’s independent senior school partners from Year 9 (age 13+) to Year 13 (age 18). Cumnor’s senior school partners are Ardingly, Benenden, Eastbourne College, Hurstpierpoint College, King’s Canterbury, Lancing, Mayfield, Radley, Roedean, St. Mary’s Ascot, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Worth.
The Foundation Scholarships are means-tested and are only offered to children from families with a low income and very few 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 and will open again in January 2020.