The Cumnor Foundation

The Cumnor Foundation, registered Charity number 1168316, was launched in 2015 to help unlock the potential of talented children from families whose parents could never afford to pay for a private school education.  Our Foundation programme is unique – in offering talented children access to a free independent school education for ten years, from the age of 8 to 18.

There are now seven fully funded Foundation Scholars from Sussex thriving within our School community.  Ultimately we aim to have 20 Foundation Scholars integrated within the community, thereby building a community with greater diversity and mix.

Successful Foundation Scholars join Cumnor House Sussex from state school on a 100% scholarship at the age of 8 (in Year 4).  They remain with us until the age of 13 (Year 8) when they move on to one of sixteen independent Senior School partners, subject to meeting the entry criteria of each school.  There they are given the opportunity to complete their school education to the age of 18 (Year 13), as part of each school’s own 100% funded bursary programme.  Our current senior schools 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.  Work continues on securing additional senior school partners.

Supporting The Cumnor Foundation

We are indebted to our community of existing parents, Old Cumnorians,  Old Cumnorian parents, staff, governors and friends for their invaluable support. Donations at every level are welcome, however large or small.  It will be Your Gift to a Child’s Future, while helping us to Unlock the Potential of Talented Children from our local community across Sussex.

Foundation Scholar Applicants

Parents of children who are currently in Year 3 at State Primary and who excel academically are invited to apply for a Foundation Scholarship.  The places are means-tested and will be offered to families who could never afford to pay for a private school education for their child, either through their single or joint incomes, or the release of assets.  Applications for children to join us in Year 4 in September 2021 are now CLOSED.  You can find out more about this opportunity on our Foundation Scholarships page, or contact Cecilia, our Registrar, on 01825 792 006 or email her at:


Through the Foundation Scholarship, Cumnor has offered my child an astounding opportunity.

Parent of Foundation Scholar
Cumnor House Sussex

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

01825 790347

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