• OurEthos


Our Ethos

Through authentic relationships, dedicated excellence and big-hearted community, we aim to inspire children to become the very best version of themselves.

Here at Cumnor, we believe that school should be an inspiring, nurturing, aspiring and fun place to be. This is a place where incredible opportunities are offered, lifelong friendships are forged, and special memories are made.

To understand how Cumnor is different, it is simplest to go back to our motto ‘Aim High, Be Kind, Dare to be Different’.

Infectious Inspiration

From the moment your child gets out of the car, we want them to be excited about coming to school, and at the end of the day, get back into the car full of stories about what they have learnt and the adventures they have had that day. The breadth of our curriculum, is designed to not only capture a child’s imagination but also to ignite a child’s passions, and our dedicated teachers inspire, excite and engage the children just as much as the children amaze and motivate us.

Authentic Relationships

At the heart of good education lies authentic relationships. Cumnor prides itself on knowing each individual child really well, and through the right balance of support and challenge, we aim to help them grow in confidence and capability. We want our children to be happy, confident and kind individuals, free to be themselves, and loved all the more for it. Our unwavering commitment to the wellbeing and happiness of every child, alongside our small class sizes and tutor system, ensure that every child feels known and valued. Likewise, in our relationships with parents, we aim to be transparent, supportive, listening and authentic, so that the child at the heart of our conversations can flourish.

Dedicated Excellence

No matter what the task or challenge, no matter what the ability or aptitude, no matter what the context or situation, we want our children to aim to do their very best. We recognise that change or improvement requires effort, but we also recognise that a good school provides the facilities, culture and framework to allow children to soar. Whether it be the ISEB pre-test or Scholarship exams, performing on stage, representing the School at sport or creating wonderful art, Cumnor aims to give children the habits and tools that mean they become young people who will continue to strive to be the best versions of themselves.

Big-Hearted Community

Speak to anybody associated with Cumnor, and they will speak of the School’s warmth and the strength of its community. We feel we have the perfect blend of traditional values with a progressive, inclusive outlook. Parents are invited in and not kept at the school gate; in contrast, our children are encouraged to behave with compassion and understanding, to look beyond the gate, I believe this is all best summed up by our motto: Aim High, Be Kind, Dare to be Different.

We look forward to welcoming you to the school and to helping you understand what we think education for a young child can be.