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Cumnor House Sussex

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Motto, ‘dare to be different’, is lived by. ‘Children… need to be seen for and allowed to be who they are,’ says the school. They mean it, too – pupils’ work on display reflects effort as well as results. ‘Peeter [Rabbit] is nortee and they [his sisters, presumably] are not,’ reads one insightful foray into sibling dynamics by a reception pupil. Same applies to staff…

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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 2020, Fergus Llewellyn. Married to Tamsyn, with two young children, both at the school. Previously housemaster at St Andrew’s, Turi, Kenya for five years. First career post-university was in musical theatre. Loved it (and still misses it). Substantial downsides included antisocial hours and poor pay but biggest was that, ‘I wasn’t very good.’ Planned move into law, but ‘fell in love’ with teaching when joined (now defunct) Haslemere Prep School in 1996. Moved to King’s Bruton in 2000 first as an English teacher, then as head of drama and first XI cricket coach, joining Cheltenham College in 2005, becoming head of English in 2008 and senior school housemaster 2010 before being headhunted for Kenyan adventure in 2015. Was only going to move back to the UK for an exceptional school – the ‘warm,...

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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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