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Cumnor House Sussex

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Many parents fresh from pressurised London preps may struggle initially with the comparatively relaxed Cumnor environment - ‘you don’t know at what level everyone else’s child is reading,’ said one startled mum. Take a deep breath, parents: your kids are not going to be constantly tested, so you won’t receive that reassuring stream of test results as evidence that they are progressing nicely towards the senior school of choice. Saturday school on alternate weekends, which children seem happy with (though some parents would prefer a lie in, and more…

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What the school says...

Cumnor House Sussex is one of the country’s leading independent day and flexible boarding schools for children from the ages of 2 to 13. Situated at the heart of the Ashdown Forest in Sussex, we provide an empowering education for active and ambitious boys and girls.

The Cumnor House Sussex motto - ‘Aim High, Be Kind, Dare to be Different’ - sits at the heart of our School and, combined with a teaching environment and facilities that demand excellence and an unrivalled breadth of offer, is what makes Cumnor unique. We look forward to welcoming you to the school and to helping you understand what we think education for a young child can be. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2020, Fergus Llewellyn. Previously headmaster of St Andrew's Prep School, Turi, Kenya and prior to that was at Cheltenham College for 10 years, serving as housemaster and head of English and drama. Earlier in his career, he was at Kings Bruton and Haslemere Preparatory School. He attended Sherborne School and graduated from the University of London with a BA (Hons) in English. Married to Tamsyn, the couple have three children.


Non-selective in early years; thereafter selection of those most likely to be fully involved in school life. Taster day for all, and interview for years 6 and above.

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Special Education Needs

Our Learning Enhancement Department can offer support to any child at any stage of the school by way of one-to-one or in-class support. Located in its own building dubbed ‘The Treehouse’ and supported by a team of fully qualified specialist teachers, our aim is to support growth and learning in a safe and fun space. The LED is a key part of the Cumnor ‘team around the child’, which places a high priority on the needs of all children and puts each child at the centre of a graduated approach.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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