The Cumnor Foundation

Since its creation in 2015, and through the extraordinary generosity of its donors, The Cumnor Foundation has, and continues to play, a vital role in creating life-changing educational opportunities to talented and deserving children from diverse backgrounds.  We are grateful to every one of our donors for their kindness and generosity at every level.

Supporting The Cumnor Foundation

In our ambition to provide a greater number of children with the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of a private education, we aim to build a Fund of sufficient size to enable us to continue to support those in need of 100% financial support in the longer term. The Cumnor Foundation is a Registered Charity Number 1168316, and there are a number of ways in which donations can be received:

Single Gifts

We welcome one-off donations, large and small, which can be received electronically via BACS, or by cheques made payable to The Cumnor Foundation.

Syndicate Giving

An opportunity for a group of individuals, or businesses, to combine resources to provide the finances to support, for example, one Foundation Scholar through their education at Cumnor.

Company Matched Funding

An increasing number of companies offer their employees the opportunity to boost their charitable giving by matching money raised or donated, some offering this on a pound-for-pound basis, others specifying the total amount they are prepared to give.

Donating Shares

Donating shares is one of the most tax-effective ways to give to charity.  Giving ‘HRMC qualifying shares’ to charity, means you get Income Tax relief on the value of the shares, as well as exemption from Capital Gains Tax.


By including The Cumnor Foundation in your Will, you will be supporting the Foundation’s current and future Foundation Scholars, thereby sharing in our ambition to offer a life-changing opportunity to more children in the future.  It will cost you nothing now, and enables you to take advantage of perhaps the most generous tax deduction offered by our Government – by giving 10% of your residual estate to a charity such as The Cumnor Foundation, you can reduce the inheritance tax rate applied on the remaining 90% of your estate from 40% to 36%.

Gift Aid

Gift Aid makes a significant difference to every donation made.  UK tax payers signing up to Gift Aid ensure that The Cumnor Foundation receives an additional 25% – amounting to an extra £25 received for every £100 donated.

If you are interested in supporting The Cumnor Foundation in any way, please contact Olivia Henley in the Development Office at Cumnor House Sussex by emailing: or calling 01825 790 347.


Foundation Scholar Applicants

Parents of children who excel academically and are in Year 3 at a Sussex state primary school, or who are being home schooled, are encouraged to apply for a Foundation Scholarship. Applications for Foundation Scholars starting with us in Year 4 at the start of the 2023/24 Academic Year have now CLOSED.  We will be inviting applications for Year 4 entry for the 2024/25 Academic Year in the Autumn Term of 2023.    
You can find out more about this opportunity by visiting our Foundation Scholarships page, or contact Olivia Henley, Foundation Manager on email: or call: 01825 790 347.

Please click on the below brochure to find out more.

Unlocking The Potential of Talented Children

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

Parent of Foundation Scholar