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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 private Preparatory day and boarding schools for 2-13 year-old boys and girls. Situated in Mid-Sussex, in the village of Danehill, the School is centrally located for travelling within Sussex and is within easy reach of London.

The day that a child steps into Cumnor House Sussex is the start of their journey of discovery. From the Nursery (2-4 year olds), through to the Pre-Prep School (4-8 year olds) and Prep School (8-13 year-olds), Cumnor House Sussex provides a safe and unhurried childhood for active and ambitious children who have the opportunity to learn in state-of-the-art facilities; form close friendships within a nurturing, family environment; and explore and climb trees within the school’s 65-acre surroundings in the heart of the Ashdown Forest.

Our caring, specialist teachers pride themselves on tapping into each child’s individual talent; encouraging and enabling them to reach their personal potential, both inside and outside the classroom. The range of leading senior independent schools that our children move onto and the number of Scholarships achieved is testament to their ability to succeed.

In 2016, 50 children moved onto 18 different senior schools and achieved 33 Awards and Scholarships across Academic, Sport, Art, DT, Drama and Music. Of the current Year 8 children moving on in September 2017, 41 out of 49 are sitting 64 Scholarships to 22 different senior schools.

The Cumnor House Sussex motto - "Aim High, Be Kind, Dare to be Different" - encourages us to seek the best in, and for, each individual child during their time with us and as we help shape their core values for life beyond school.
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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. Two full means-tested bursaries for talented (academic and/or sport and creative arts) pupils joining year 4, covering 100 per cent of fees up to 18 at one of the partner schools (these are Ardingly, Benenden,...

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Special Education Needs

School's description of their SEN provision:

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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