Cumnor House in the Community
Charitable activities and public benefit
The Governors consider that due regard has been paid to the public benefit guidance published by the Charity Commission. All activities at the school are focussed on the principal charitable aim which is the advancement of education. In addition the school looks to provide other opportunities for charitable benefit whenever possible, including the provision of financial support through bursaries, making the school facilities available to the wider community and raising funds for other charities.
The Charity makes funds available for families in financial need which are granted on the merits of each case. Bursary awards are important to provide access to the education offered to families who would otherwise not be able to afford the fees. Awards are means-tested and designed to relieve hardship where a pupil’s education would otherwise be at risk. The School does not have an endowment for this and has to ensure a balance between those fee-paying parents who may make a considerable sacrifice to fund their own children’s education and those benefiting from the awards. Full details are available on the fees section of the school website. During the year the total of awards granted was £549,658.
The School maintains links with:
local schools (including: Danehill Primary, Chailey Heritage, Lindfield Primary, Fletching Primary, Barcombe Primary), local organisations (including: CPAS Ventures, Step by Step, Friends of Fletching, All Saints Church Danehill, All Saints Church Crowborough, Cuckfield Baptist Church, Fletching Singers), the local community (including groups, societies, clubs and sports teams from the surrounding villages of Danehill, Horsted Keynes, Chelwood Gate and Fletching).
These groups make regular free, or heavily subsidised, use of the grass and all-weather sports pitches, sports hall, swimming pool, the Music Barn and the Theatre. The School also provides free physical education, swimming and games teaching for local school children and training of their staff, and hosts ABRSM music exams for local school children.
School children and choirs are involved in Community Service visiting and supporting local care homes. The School also hosts charity concerts, cultural exchanges and similar events. The Deputy Head sits on the Parish Council and the School supports the village’s activities and maintains its recreational equipment.
A total of over £34,000 was raised by parents, children and staff and donated to various charities over the course of the year including £25,000 to the Wooden Spoon charity.