Tuition Fees

Schedule of Fees and Extras from September 2017

On this page you can view all the fee information for the Cumnor House nursery, pre-prep and prep school. Additionally, extra-curricular charges are also outlined in full.

Cumnor House Sussex supports the School Fees Trust Scheme. It is a sad fact that every year over 1,000 pupils across the country suffer the bereavement of one of their parents, but fortunately participation in this scheme will at least enable them to stay in the school of their choice.

SFS Leaflet

School Fees Policy

School fees are payable in advance and should be received by the first day of term.  Full details on payment methods are included in the notes on the fees invoice.  The school encourages payment by electronic transfer as it greatly reduces administrative costs.

Tuition Fees

From the start of the Autumn Term 2017, the charge per term is as follows:

Full Boarders £7,600
Weekly/Optional Boarders
Y4-8 Day £6,385
Y3 £6,220
Pre-Prep         £3,380
Reception above Free Entitlement £2,630
Nursery– please contact the Bursary for full details.

The tuition fee includes compulsory charges, such as personal accident insurance, school doctor, stationery and laundry.  For Prep school pupils, it also covers insurance for personal effects such as clothing, musical instruments, sports equipment and iPads.

Late payment charge.  An administrative charge, at 3% over bank base rate, may be levied on any fees unpaid after the first day of term.

Fees in lieu of notice.  One term’s written notice is required before the removal of a child from the school, otherwise the full term’s fees are payable.  This notice must be received not later than the last day of the previous term.


Policy.  Extras are charged in arrears at the end of each term and can include items such as: public examinations (music and academic), expeditions and outings, calculators, pens, mouth guards, breakages etc.  Expeditions and outings include activities outside of the normal school curriculum that are specific to individuals or groups of children (e.g. class, team, occupation, group visits).  The charge for these activities is split between the pupils involved and includes; the cost of the activity, travel, refreshments, incremental costs for accompanying staff, pocket money, etc.  It is school policy that these are charged as extras.  The alternative, to increase the level of tuition fees for everyone, results in children who have not benefitted from that expense subsidising those who have.


The following charges are for a term unless stated

Boarding (per term)    
Boarding for day pupils: ‘One-off’ night £    50
(optional nights/week) 2 nights £  620
  3 nights £  825
  4/5 nights £1040
Out of Hours (per term) Times
Early morning (breakfast and supervision) /morning £    30 7.30-8am
Pre-Prep After School Activities /afternoon £    60 3-5pm
Out of Hours (per day)
After School Care (and snack)/afternoon: £    10 3-5pm
(Wed 3-5pm: free for Years N,R,1,2,3 if siblings are in matches)
Late pick up (supper and supervision)/evening: £    10 5-7pm
Minibus Pick-up – Southern Route (per journey)
Mornings only pick-up £      4
Learning Enhancement (per lesson)
Learning Support: Individual £    25 40 mins
  Joint £    15 40 mins
  Specialist support as invoiced 40 mins
Extra-Curricular Sport (per term)
Tennis lessons: Individual £  190 10 x 30 mins
  Shared (2 players) £  110 10 x 30 mins
  Group (3 or more) £    70 10 x 30 mins
Swimming lessons: Tadpoles £    60 10 x 30 mins
  Mother and baby £    80 10 x 30 mins
Dance: Ballet £    60 10 x 30 mins
  Modern Dance £    60 10 x 40 mins
Gymnastics: £    80 10 x 50 mins
Karate: £    80 10 x 45 mins
Fencing: £    80 10 x 45 mins
Extra-Curricular Performing Arts (per term) – Recommended fees only
LAMDA lessons: Individual £  210 10 x 30 mins
  Shared (2 people) £  105 10 x 30 mins
Music lessons: Individual £  210 10 x 30 mins
  Music theory group £    60 10 x 30 mins
Hire of school instruments (dep. on instrument) £    20-£40

Music is taught by self-employed Visiting Music Teachers (VMTs) and LAMDA is taught by self-employed Visiting LAMDA Teachers (VLTs) who invoice parents directly and payment should be made to them at the beginning of each term before starting lessons for that term.   The VMTs/VLTs will enter into a contract, which provides details on lessons, with parents.  The music and drama departments will provide additional information on arrangements, exams and missed lessons.  Extras, such as publications, examination fees and accompaniment by VMTs/VLTs for examinations will be charged at cost as an extra on the fees invoice.

Music Scholarships:  can be awarded for the following:

Strings, Piano and Vocal – Distinction at Grade 4, or a pass at Grade 5

Brass, Wind and Drums –  Distinction at Grade 5, or a pass at Grade 6

Children achieving these grades will have their tuition paid by the school for up to two instruments, at the recommended rate, provided they are taught at the school.  The Headmaster may also award discretionary music bursaries to children in Y345.  These awards will be reviewed annually.

Notice required to change activities.  Please note that the charges for activities arranged with outside contractors (Ballet, Dance, Karate, Fencing, LAMDA, Tennis and Music) are non-refundable and to make a change, a full term’s notice is required in writing to Ben Chapman (or VMT for music, VLT for LAMDA) otherwise the full amount is payable.

Note:  It is planned for there to be 30 lessons for extra-curricular activities over the academic year.  These may not be divided equally into ten per term and it is possible that there will be more in the Autumn term and fewer in the other terms.  The standard termly charge will normally be applied for the Autumn and Spring terms and adjusted if necessary in the Summer term.


Towel on entering the main school:                £  10 (one-off charge)
iPads issued to Year 7/8 pupils (retained on leaving): £  80 (over 5 terms)

 Optional Charges

The following optional charges are included on the fees invoice.  If parents do not wish to pay these charges, they should simply delete them and adjust the total paid in the box provided:

School Fees Refund Insurance.  This is a premium to refund fees for absence from school through illness of 5 days or more (day pupils) and 8 days (boarders).  It also covers the fees for three terms in the event of the death of a parent.  The school pays the premium shortly after the start of term.  Those who wish to join the scheme must opt in by contacting the Bursary ( and are obliged to remain within it for a minimum of three terms.  The Bursary has full details.

Royal National Children’s Foundation.  Local IAPS schools have agreed to support this charity to help children who have suffered tragedy or trauma and whose parents are not in a position to finance their private education.  A charge of £5 per term can be added to all school fees invoices and the funds raised go directly to the Trust.  Please contact the Bursary ( if you wish to contribute.

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