Unlocking The Potential of Talented Children at Cumnor House Sussex

Unlocking The Potential of Talented Children at Cumnor House Sussex

Two Foundation Scholarships, covering 100% of the cost of a child’s independent school education for ten years, from the age of 8 to 18, are available to children currently in Year 3 at state primary school.

Foundation Scholars join Cumnor House Sussex in Danehill in Year 4 (aged 8) through to Year 8 (aged 13) when they move on to one of Cumnor’s sixteen independent senior school partners, where they remain until they are 18.

The scholarships are means-tested and awarded to children who excel academically and show potential in art, design technology, drama, music or sport.   Two places are available for children starting in Year 4 in September 2020 and applications are open now until 30th April 2020.

The selection process involves completing an ‘Application & Means-Testing Financial Form’, which will be reviewed by the Headmaster and Bursar.  Assuming all initial criteria are met, a full report will be requested from the child’s current school and the parent/s or guardian/s invited to meet the Headmaster. Prospective Foundation Scholars are invited to attend an ‘Experience Day’ at Cumnor; when they will be interviewed by the Headmaster, undergo academic tests, work and play alongside their contemporaries and are offered the opportunity to show their particular talent/s in art, design technology, drama, music or sport, as appropriate.

The Bursar will then visit all prospective families at home, following which the Headmaster will put forward his final recommendations for consideration and confirmation by The Cumnor Foundation Board. The aim is to offer two Foundation Scholarship places each academic year, according to the potential of applicants.

Christian Heinrich, Headmaster at Cumnor House Sussex explains “Once they join us, each Foundation Scholar is allocated a tutor who is a member of Cumnor’s teaching community; while their family is given access to a Foundation Mentor who will meet with them regularly and continue to offer support and advice during their scholarship journey.”

What sets Cumnor House Sussex’s Foundation scholarships apart from others is their tenure. Successful Foundation Scholars receive access to a free education in the independent sector for ten years, from age 8 to 18.

Heinrich continues “Due to the relationships we have forged with senior independent schools, each Foundation Scholar will move seamlessly from completing their prep school education with us to one of our sixteen independent senior school partners, also on a 100% funded scholarship as part of that school’s own bursary scheme. Places are offered subject to each child meeting their chosen senior school’s entry criteria.”

Current senior school partners are Ardingly College, Bedes, Benenden, Cranleigh, Eastbourne College, Hurstpierpoint College, The King’s School Canterbury, Lancing, Mayfield, Radley, Roedean, St. Mary’s Ascot, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, Wellington College and Worth. Work continues on securing additional senior school partners.

There are a total of seven Foundation Scholars already in place across Years 4, 5 6 & 7 at Cumnor House Sussex. The first will make their transition to senior school in September 2021, with their sights set on joining Sevenoaks.

The mother of our first Foundation Scholar comments “Every child is talented, they just unwrap these talents at different times. Through the Foundation Scholarship, Cumnor has offered my child an astounding opportunity and environment to discover new gifts. The school’s ethos of children ‘Daring to be Different’ and its ability to embed wellbeing into every lesson through its unique ‘iSpace Wellbeing’ Curriculum Programme, has allowed my child to manoeuvre confidently through new emerging friendships and embrace a newfound interest in a wide range of different subjects.”

To find out more about this opportunity, please contact Cecilia Desmond, Registrar on

01825 792 006 or [email protected] and do visit our website