Foundation Scholarships

Each year, Cumnor House Sussex offers two fully-funded Foundation Scholarships to talented children currently in Year 3 at state primary school and who excel academically.  It is an advantage, although not essential, if they also show potential in sport, music, art, DT or drama.

The Cumnor Foundation is unique, in covering 100% of the cost of independent school fees for ten years, from the age 8 to 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 approved, parents will meet with the Headmaster while their child undergoes academic assessment.  If they reach the necessary standard, they will be invited to attend an ‘experience day’ where they will be fully immersed into Cumnor life.  During the course of their day they will work and play alongside their contemporaries, be interviewed and offered the opportunity to show their particular 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.

Applications are currently closed.  Once applications open in January 2021, we will be looking for potential Foundation Scholars to join us in Year 4 at the start of the 2021-22 academic year in September 2021.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Cecilia, our Registrar, by calling 01825 792 006 or emailing:

Cumnor House Sussex

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

01825 790347

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