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In our busy schools there is always so much going on. Here you can read some of the highlights of school life.

School News

In our busy schools there is always so much going on. Here you can read some of the highlights of school life.

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    Headmistress' Blog

    3rd April 2020

    Congratulations girls, and parents, you have just about completed two of what must have been the hardest weeks of school and I expect you are ready for the Grand Staycation. I was reflecting that I have now been leading Cumnor Girls School for 2 years. My contract began on 1st April and I often joked about the start being “All Fools’ Day”, but in 2018

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    Headmaster's Blog

    25th March 2020

    Dear Parents Extraordinary, unprecedented, unbelievable, unparalleled, remarkable and just plain weird. All ways that I have heard the Global Pandemic and resultant restrictions referred to in the last few weeks. I find myself in my second week of isolation with my own family watching the world from out of the window and on our television, wondering what it is really like outside our four walls.

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    Headmistress' Blog

    23rd March 2020

    Dear Parents, Today is the first day of our closure and I hope that this situation will be over more quickly than some sources would suggest.  Last week was challenging dealing with an unfolding of events and having to respond and problem solve quickly.  My staff were fantastic, dealing with every challenge with the utmost professionalism, seeking solutions to issues arising ranging from how we

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    Head Boy's Blog

    11th March 2020

    We all know that each one of us is the unique product of what we have been through in life. These events – single big events, a train of smaller events, the humdrum of everyday life – shape us, define us, mould us into the being that we are. Even if we don’t exactly understand ourselves all of the time. But I think we are

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    Headmaster's Blog

    6th March 2020

    Dear Parents We continue to feel the impact of Coronavirus this week and I would like to reaffirm my commitment to following the advice presented to the school from the Cognita Exec team, WHO, PHE and the government. The picture is changing daily and I ask that you have patience if events are rearranged or cancelled at short notice. In the meantime, please encourage children

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    Head Mistress' Blog

    6th March 2020

    Another wet week, but our spirits have not been dampened and through the raindrops and the clouds, we have sought our own rainbows. World Book Day has been celebrated in style with the girls coming to school in a plethora of costumes including characters from, Alice in Wonderland, Fantastic Mr Fox, the Snow Queen, and Spinderella to name but a few. Girls had the opportunity

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    Head Mistress's Blog

    3rd March 2020

    I hope that everyone had a restful half term, the girls came back full of beans and raring to go. Some highlights of this week include We have had some lovely events taking place this week, Reception went to Wilhelmina House to read their favourite stories with the residents; Year 2 were visited by the Fire Brigade and were able to explore the fire engine,

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    Under 10 Rugby Success

    11th February 2020

    The U10 A side won the CHS U10 Tournament in style by scoring 85 points and conceding a meagre 15 points over 7 matches.

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    Headmistress's Blog

    31st January 2020

    Another busy week of learning at Cumnor Girls. The girls had a swimming Gala at Old Palace and I am delighted to report that we won – 103: 111. Everyone swam well and really tried their hardest, several Year 4 girls were swimming above their age group and performed really well. There were some very close and hard fought races but our girls have got

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    Headmaster's Blog

    31st January 2020

    Dear Parents With so much going on in the world outside of the school walls, Brexit and Coronavirus to name just a few; it is all too easy to feel less than positive. Well this is true until you realise we are now through the worst of winter (we hope!) and the evenings are now getting lighter from 5pm. With this renewed positivity we start

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    Headmaster's Blog

    27th January 2020

    Dear Parents, Once again I find myself sitting at my desk wondering what to write for my Head’s message this week. As always in a school as busy as ours the answer and indeed content is never too hard to find. Our week began with an assembly about wisdom, comparing the academic wisdom of ‘The Three Wise Men’ and the wisdom of discernment required when

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    Headmistress' Blog

    27th January 2020

    I think one of the highlights this week has been the girls joining in with the Young Voices to sing at the O2. The Young Voices Experience is not simply a children’s choir concert, these are the largest children’s choir concerts in the world. Our choirs performed alongside 5,000-8,000 other children as a single choir to a capacity audience of family and friends. They were

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    Headmistress' Blog

    20th January 2020

    It was good to see so many of you at Parents’ Evenings this week, thank you for finding time to have these very important conversations. It was lovely to hear so many positive comments about how happy your girls are here and how well they are doing. We have a very vibrant school where your daughters have many opportunities to shine and grow as individuals.

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    Headmistress' Blog

    14th January 2020

    Welcome back to a new term, a new year and a new decade.  I hope that you have had a good break and been able to spend some quality time with your families. The girls have certainly been full of beans since their return and are eager to get on with their learning. We look forward to welcoming you to parents’ evenings on Tuesday and

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    Head's Blog

    7th January 2020

    Dear Parents I hope your break was relaxing and restful, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and prosperous 2020 and thank all the parents and children for the lovely cards and generous gifts that my staff and I received. It was a pleasure to welcome back our pupils this morning. The boys looked refreshed and very excited about

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    Headmistress' End of Term Blog

    13th December 2019

    So, it is the end of the Autumn Term and what a busy 14 weeks it has been and I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on some of the things that have happened and to look forward to things yet to come – though not quite as sinister as the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future from, “A Christmas Carol” September

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    Artist of the Month

    3rd December 2019

    Cumnor Artist of the Month winner:   November winner: Henry – 6T   December winner: Andre -  4T      

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    Tate Modern Trip

    3rd December 2019

    The boys enjoyed their trip the Tate Modern, they went to see a spectacular exhibition by the installation artist Olafur Eliasson.  They boys loved the interactive nature of the exhibition and learning more about contemporary art.

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    Headmaster's Blog

    25th November 2019

    Dear Parents I hope you had an enjoyable weekend, last week was as busy as ever at Cumnor House. Our U13’s 7 a-side football team enjoyed an adventurous but disappointing trip to Culford Prep, Bury St Edmonds last Sunday. The boys were representing Cumnor in the National Finals and despite playing brilliantly throughout, were beaten by Brighton College in the Quarter Final 1-0. The week

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    Head Master's Blog

    15th November 2019

    After a weekend of Remembrance, I was very proud to lead the school in our own Remembrance service on Monday. The readings presented by our senior boys and the singing from the whole school, demonstrated the school community spirit and commitment to hold great reverence for those that sacrifice so much for us to live in the liberty we enjoy today. Thank you to A’yaan and Kai-Reece

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    Headmistress' Blog - Weekly Blog 12/11/2019

    12th November 2019

    I hope that everyone had a good half term, the girls have arrived back at school full of smiles and enthusiasm. Autumn has really arrived, brisk, bright days and a plethora of golden leaves. The girls are all looking smart in their winter uniform. As it is becoming increasingly chilly please remember the girls need their coats and their berets. We have started the new half

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    Autumn Term - Swimming Report

    21st October 2019

    We had the first round of the London swimming League on Wednesday 9th October. The Boys swam very well and put in an excellent performance in a very strong gala with four of the six finalists from last year competing. We were very dominant in both Years 3 & 4 and were comfortably the top school in both of these year groups in winning 12

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    Headmaster's Message - Autumn Half Term

    17th October 2019

    The half term is upon us already. What a super half term it has been!

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    Black History Day – A day of talks from Dr Johnson Beharry VC

    17th October 2019

    Today, as part of the school’s dedication to Black History Day, Pupils from Cumnor House School for Boys had the honour of meeting Dr Johnson Beharry VC.

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    Restless Development Charity Achievement

    17th October 2019

    One of our year four pupils, Adam has been supporting this charity in 2019, with his triathlon achievements. Below he tells us of his recent experience to visit the House of Commons with Restless Development. 

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    Headmaster's Weekly Message - 11.10.19

    11th October 2019

    Dear Parents I enjoyed both of our Harvest assemblies this week and must thank all of our families for showing huge amounts of generosity. As Major Lloyd from the Salvation Army discussed with the children yesterday, Harvest is the ideal time to reflect on how lucky we are to have the abundance of food and choice that we do in this country. He also spoke

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    Headmistress Message

    9th October 2019

    This week, I spoke in assembly about one of our Cumnor Values – Courage. 

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    Monies raise for Genes for Jeans Day

    30th September 2019

    Cumnor House School for Boys has been raising monies for Jeans for Genes, a charity supporting children and families with genetic disorders in the UK. Pupils raised an impressive £825.50 for this wonderful cause. Well done boys! #lifeatcumnor 

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    Cumnor House School for Girls, joins global effort for young people's wellbeing

    27th September 2019

    Pupils at Cumnor House School will join over 45,000 children and young people around the world on 27 September to draw attention to the vital role of mental wellbeing in education. Cumnor House School in Purley & South Croydon will collapse the curriculum for the entire day on 27 September to mark Global Be Well Day, a worldwide event led by Cognita, the group of

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    Cumnor House School for Boys joins global effort for young people's wellbeing

    27th September 2019

    Pupils at Cumnor House School will join over 45,000 children and young people around the world on 27 September to draw attention to the vital role of mental wellbeing in education. Cumnor House School in Purley & South Croydon will collapse the curriculum for the entire day on 27 September to mark Global Be Well Day, a worldwide event led by Cognita, the group of

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    Headmaster's Message - Autumn Term Week Three

    26th September 2019

    Dear Parents I have not been at school quite as much as I would have liked over the last two weeks. Regulatory training and the annual IAPS Headmaster conference have been valuable time spent reflecting on the direction education and the independent sector are heading, during what are very turbulent times. It is my belief that Cumnor House School is becoming a true 21st century

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    My visit to "LIVES NOT KNIVES"

    25th September 2019

    As part of the Cumnor diploma our Year 8 pupils develop their leadership skills, through the school house captain system. In this article, Saxon's House Captain, Max W meets with the CEO of his House chosen charity - "Lives not Knives", in his account below, Max speaks about his experience, and the great work that this charity does in supporting children in the UK.

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    Headmistress Message - Week Two

    23rd September 2019

    What a busy start to the term, I think we have all hit the ground sprinting, not just running.    It was good to see and welcome so many parents at the information evenings and I know that the information you received about the forthcoming year has been very helpful, it is always good to get to know you daughter’s form teacher and make those connections. 

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    Headmaster's Message Autumn Term - Week Two

    23rd September 2019

    Dear Parents, As the second full week of term draws to a close I have been reflecting on the many activities and much learning achieved so far this term. The children have brilliantly taken to our ‘New Cumnor Way’ Values: Courage Compassion Belief Endeavour Integrity I have delivered two assemblies covering the first two aspects, ’Courage’ and ‘Compassion’. The boys were engaged and articulate with

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    Football - U9A Hawthorns Festival

    11th September 2019

    U9A Hawthorns Festival The Hawthorns Football Festival brought the first set of fixtures for the U9’s this season. After only 1 Games session is was difficult to find time to work on any team shape or tactics, therefore ensuring improvements were made throughout the day was the main focus. After a slow start, getting used to new players and formations, we began to improve. We

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    Australian cricketer Michael Clarke visits Cumnor House

    9th July 2019

    Cumnor House School, welcomes Australian cricket legend Michael Clarke.   On Wednesday afternoon, Cumnor House School for Boys welcomed Michael Clarke former Australian cricket captain to school for an afternoon of cricket skills and training. Michael who is regarded as one of the best batsman of all time, is in the UK as part of the Sky Sports commentary team for the ICC Cricket World Cup and kindly visited

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    Headmistress' Blog - 21.06.2019

    25th June 2019

    I have been working for a while with Cognita to get plans in place to refurbish the Tectum. I have now received final confirmation from Cognita that they have granted me the funds to do the refurbishment.

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    Grandparents' Tea Party

    25th June 2019

    Our @WeAreCumnor Year 1&2 Boys invited their grandparents in for a Tea Party.

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    Headmaster's Blog - 21.06.2019

    24th June 2019

    The time has come for me to start preparing my speech for 'Speech Day' on the 3rd July at The Croydon Minster.

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    Year 3 Music Scheme

    19th June 2019

    Our Year 3 Boys and Girls all join our @WeAreCumnor Music Scheme and choose an instrument to learn to play.

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    Father's Day at Purley Nursery

    19th June 2019

    Chestnuts celebrated Father’s Day on 14th of June as they spent their afternoon playing  and showing their lovely resources and displays to dads, grandfather and uncle.

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    Pre-School graduation day

    19th June 2019

    Our 2019 Chestnuts class are getting ready for their graduation day on 22nd June 2019, as they start on their next steps of learning in our Reception classes from September 2019.

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    Runners up of the U13 Lanesborough 8 aside Big Bash

    19th June 2019

    Runners up of the U13 Lanesborough 8 aside Big Bash

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    U9A Cricket team win the Downsend 6 A-Side Tournament!

    17th June 2019

    U9A Cricket team win the Downsend 6 A-Side Tournament!

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    U11 Cricket Report - 17.06.19

    17th June 2019

    The U11A cricket team make it through to the U11 Surrey finals day - beating Trinity by 45 runs! Going into the Surrey Cup QF match against Trinity on Thursday, the U11A side looked more than ready after winning all four games at the U11 Tonbridge tournament the day before. The team bowled and fielded tightly and Trinity only managed 244 runs. The Cumnor House boys

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    Headmaster's Weekly Blog - 14.06.2019

    14th June 2019

    With just three weeks left of term, there are still many upcoming events to enjoy including Sports Days, Parent Association Summer Fayre, Langley Concert and Speech Day.

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    Headmistress' Weekly Blog - 14.06.2019

    14th June 2019

    Sports Day is approaching – 19th June - and, as last year, we invite parents to share a picnic on the field with their daughters.

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    This week in Pines, Purley

    13th June 2019

    This week in Pines, the children have been learning about life under the sea, based on their current reading of the 'Rainbow Fish' story. The children have been using our new interactive learning boards to explore sea life, have decorated their own fish for the classroom and have also created their own sea in a jar.

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    Interactive Smart Board

    5th June 2019

    This week our @WeAreCumnor Nursery children have been busy experiencing their brand new Interactive Smart Board.

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    Reception Boys Sports Day

    3rd June 2019

    Our Reception Boys Sports Day

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    Cumnor Boys House Charity Day

    3rd June 2019

    The @WeAreCumnor House Charity Day was a roaring success.

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    Headmistress' Weekly Blog - 28.05.2019

    28th May 2019

    It was wonderful to welcome so many parents to the school to come and find out more about some of the senior schools to whom our girls, and boys, traditionally move on to.

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    Spanish Workshop at Whitgift School

    24th May 2019

    Our Year 5 @WeAreCumnor Boys went to Whitgift School for a Spanish cultural afternoon.

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    Headmistress' Weekly Blog - 20.05.2019

    22nd May 2019

    How is it nearly half term already? We have had a busy week and were delighted to be able to enjoy the sunshine.

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    Cumnor Boys alumni success

    20th May 2019

    Cumnor House alumni, Sam and Aarav played last week for their schools in the Surrey Cup U15 40 overs fixture with great success. Trinity restricted Tonbridge to 171 all out (Sam 65  and Aarav 2-18) from 120-1 after 20 overs when Sam got out!  Trinity got off to a very slow start and never recovered as the run rate increased they collapsed to 128 all out (Sam 4-20).

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    Launch of outdoor cooking this term

    20th May 2019

    Across the Prep School, boys are taking advantage of the new outdoor cooking area, led by Head of Technology, Theo Turner, the boys have been developing their knowledge of cooking over coals, the science behind the process and enjoying the rewards.

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    Headmaster's Weekly Message - 20 May 2019

    20th May 2019

    Dear Parents The final week of the first half of summer term is upon us. Last week we celebrated Mental Health Awareness week. This year, Mr Bolton has been working hard with staff and boys, to continually improve Cumnor House Mental Health. As Mr Bolton has articulated to the boys, we all have mental health, be it positive or negative. Similarly to physical health there

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    Outdoors Cooking

    17th May 2019

    Our @WeAreCumnor Boys enjoyed a spot of outdoors cooking this week.

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    Prep Schools Science Challenge

    16th May 2019

    Cumnor House School attended the Prep Schools Science Challenge this week, and were on the winning biology team.

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    Headmistress' Weekly Message - 10.05.2019

    14th May 2019

    There has been a little break between news -  the carrier pigeons just didn’t want to carry messages from the woods where I was staying with Year 5 on their Bushcraft adventure last week.  What a super time the girls, and boys, had.

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    Year 3 girls enjoying Spring on the Webb Estate

    9th May 2019

    Our @WeAreCumnor Year 3 girls enjoyed Spring on the Webb Estate, as they made art inspired by the work of environmental artist Andy Goldsmith.

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    An interview with Darren Roiser & Floyd Steadman

    9th May 2019

    Recently we welcomed two guests back to Cumnor House School. Floyd Steadman, former Headmaster of Cumnor House and Darren Roiser, ex-Cumnor Head Boy

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    Cricket Tour Barbados 2019

    8th May 2019

    Over Easter, Cumnor House Cricket Teams toured to Barbados.. playing a number of matches with local teams...

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    Extension to nursery provision

    8th May 2019

    From September 2019, Cumnor House Nursery, South Croydon will be offering an extended early start provision from 7.30am – intended for working parents who will benefit from additional commuting time in the morning. For further details and to secure your child’s place within Cumnor House Nursery, South Croydon from September 2019, please contact our admissions team. admissions@cumnorhouse.com

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    Year 6 Coding

    3rd May 2019

    Year 6 have been busy coding their BBC Microbits with scrolling text and graphics

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    Make a neuron, make memories

    3rd May 2019

    Our brains control everything we think, feel, say and do.

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    Headmaster's End of Term Message

    8th April 2019

    As the long spring term draws to a close, I spend some time in my office reflecting on what has been a monumentalterm. Over 200 rugby fixtures, 100+ competitive swimming races, inter-house galas and music competitions, localmusic competitions, spring concerts, class assemblies, Mother’s Day events, parents meetings, selectivity tests,residentials and of course the recent ‘School of Rock Performance’. In the midst of all of this… some excellent learningalso took place. This got me thinking, maybe upon reflection these fixtures and events are the true learnings of theterm and the school.

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    Spring Term Sports Round Up

    8th April 2019

    The Sports Round Up Swimming report Swimming awards Rugby report Rugby awards Rugby team of the season

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    Year 5 - Trojan Horse Play

    5th April 2019

    Our Year 5 Girls performed their play 'The Wooden Horse' to a special audience from Wilhelmina House.

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    Celebration Assemblies

    4th April 2019

    Our @WeAreCumnor boys enjoyed their celebration assemblies

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    Girls School Inter-House Competition Spring 2019

    4th April 2019

    Wednesday morning, saw the girls school hold the Final of the Inter-House Performing Arts Competition. This was in a new format this year and featured performances from the girls in the Strings, Piano, Voice, Other Instruments and Acting alongside X Factor groups and House Song performances. Our external judges, Philip Millward, Head of Music at Royal Russell School and Paulus, from BBC 1's All Together

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    Year 4 at Hampton Court Palace

    1st April 2019

    On Friday, Year 4 went on an exciting and historical trip to Hampton Court. On a beautiful day they were able to explore the historical site and were plunged back into Tudor history. During the day the boys took part in interactive learning session; heading back in time with Henry VIII, solved mathematical puzzles in the Great Hall and opened up the Royal Kitchens of Henry

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    Banstead Prep Swimming Gala

    29th March 2019

    A special mention to the children who swam in the Year 3 races who were extremely dominant.

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    Headmaster's Weekly Blog - 29.03.2019

    29th March 2019

    One week left of term and still so much to do… in the last week at Cumnor the boys and staff have been as busy as ever, in fact I think weekends are even busier than week days for some of our students!

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    Solar Buddy / Light Up Learning

    29th March 2019

    Our @WeAreCumnor Year 7 Boys took part in the Global Cognita Solar Buddy / Light Up Learning Event today.

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    Persian New Year

    28th March 2019

    Two of our @WeAreCumnor Year 2 Boys presented their special assembly on the Persian New Year.

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    CSI: the case of the missing body

    27th March 2019

    Learning about the Easter story, the girls set up a crime scene, took finger print samples and worked on code breaking and a science experiment.

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    Living eggs to baby chicks

    27th March 2019

    Our first chick has hatched!

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    Hampton Court Palace

    26th March 2019

    @WeAreCumnor Year 4 Girls Hampton Court Palace to bring their history learning about the Tudors to life.

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    Charity begins at home....

    26th March 2019

    We can barely go a day without a call upon our hard-earned cash. And every cause appears to be so worthy. How do we decide who to support, and why is this relevant to Cumnor Girls?

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    Fractions using chocolate

    26th March 2019

    In class each pupil chose a table to stand by based on the amount of chocolate they would receive. Each time another pupil stood at the table a new fraction had to be calculated.

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    Puppet Show

    26th March 2019

    Our Nursery children enjoyed listening to and watching a puppet show.

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    Croydon School Swim Finals

    26th March 2019

    We put in a very dominant performance and won top school for the tenth consecutive year.

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    Headmistress' Weekly Message 25.3.19

    25th March 2019

    We were delighted to welcome visitors to the school on Open Morning on Tuesday and they were very impressed by our girls’ in terms of their academics, their eloquence and their happy self-assuredness.  Year Five lead the tours and always conduct themselves well and give a very honest view of the school.  I am immensely proud of what we achieve here and the opportunities that the girls

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    Gamelan Workshop

    25th March 2019

    " We were lucky to have a Gamelan workshop today. We were joined by the boys' school and were put into pairs on each instrument...."

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    Headmaster's Blog - 22.03.2019

    22nd March 2019

    School life never ceases to amaze me, in both its diversity and sheer pace.

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    Hockey

    15th March 2019

    The children learned about the skill of dribbling in hockey, moving the ball left and right around the cones holding the hockey stick with both hands.

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    U8 Rugby - One of the best sides in Surrey

    15th March 2019

    NATIONAL RUGBY FESTIVAL – SECOND IN THE COUNTRY!

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    Look At Learning

    15th March 2019

    Our @WeAreCumnor Girls proudly showcased their work to parents at their termly 'A Look at Learning'.

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    Mud Kitchen

    15th March 2019

    We took delivery of a rather large parcel.....what could it be we wondered?

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    French Research Competition

    15th March 2019

    Year 3 and Year 4 boys took part in a 'Francophonie research competition'

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    Headmaster's Blog - 15.03.2019

    15th March 2019

    10 Years, a decade! For some of our children this is longer than they have been alive… For Cumnor House it is the number of consecutive years we have retained the trophy as the best boys swimming school in Croydon.

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    Headmistress' Blog - 15.03.2019

    15th March 2019

    I have been delighted to be part of the audience for some fabulous events. The Years 3 and 4 retelling – singing – of the alternative fairy story of “Snow White” written by Roald Dahl was fabulous

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    World Book Day Roald Dahl

    15th March 2019

    On World Book Day, Roald Dahl's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was performed by Years 3 & 4. A glittering, galloping musical which was performed with great flair and enthusiasm from our girls. We are really proud of the hard work the girls put into their performances - lots of wonderful singing, spirited acting and some rather fine galloping from our Year 3 horses! 

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    U9A at National Finals

    14th March 2019

    On a very windy, drizzly and cold day at Epsom College the U9A's set to work constructing what turned out be a series of exceptional performances.

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    U9A at the Surrey Junior Rugby Festival

    14th March 2019

    A superb effort from all of the boys in what is an extremely difficult festival to get one win in let alone two. The first fixture against King House gave the boys some confidence as they ran in four tries. Unfortunately Travaun suffered a nasty bump to the head which meant he would see no further action that day. The next game were not quite

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    Coulsdon & Purley Festival

    14th March 2019

    Congratulations to Vishaagan (6T) who was awarded a Distinction and 1st Place in his category at Coulsdon and Purley Music Festival this Saturday for his oboe solo performance.

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    RHS Wisley

    14th March 2019
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    Outdoor Learning

    13th March 2019

    @WeAreCumnor Year 3 Girls went outside recently to practice their measuring skills.

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    PA Sports Equipment

    13th March 2019

    @WeAreCumnor boys would like to thank our wonderful PA for the sports equipment they provided.

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    Headmistress' Blog -International Women's Day

    8th March 2019

    Meet Mia, She runs a successful business. She is also a mum to two fabulous girls.  She is a very busy lady and somehow manages to juggle everything that life throws her way.  She is a real do-it-all modern woman.

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    Headmasters Blog 08.03.19

    8th March 2019

    I was pleased and honoured to welcome Cadet Warrant Officer Harrison to present at our assembly this week.

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    Public Speaking

    6th March 2019

    3 @WeAreCumnor Year 5 girls - Anoushka, Matilda and Aishani - took part in the Epsom College Prep School public Speaking competition against 10 other schools.

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    Reshe Harrison Prep Assembly

    6th March 2019

    Inspirational talk "From childhood dream to airline pilot" In Monday's Prep assembly led by Réshé Harrison, recipient of TAG Farnborough PPL scholarship. Réshé spoke passionately and eloquently about his childhood and his journey to becoming a pilot.

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    Pre-Prep Boys Choir

    5th March 2019

    Our @WeAreCumnor Pre-Prep Boys Choir came second in their class in the Coulsdon and Purley Festival.

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    Pancake Day

    5th March 2019

    @WeAreCumnor have had great fun making and flipping pancakes today.

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    Headmaster's Message - 1st March 2019

    4th March 2019

    Dear Parents Half term feels a long time ago, especially when you work at a school as fast paced as Cumnor House. The week has flown by and I have had the privilege of visiting many classes this week to see the hard work and learning of our boys. Reading with Reception and Nursery each week is a true highlight and this week RS impressed

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    Headmistress Blog 01.03.19

    28th February 2019

    Welcome back. We have such a busy few weeks ahead of us, our feet won't touch the ground.

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    Budding Research Scientist

    28th February 2019

    A'yaan of 7B  voluntarily produced a research paper on Greenhouse Gases. He submitted a comprehensive 8 page document complete with data graphs, diagrams and references. By his own admission, he has a better appreciation of the imbalance, resulting from greenhouses gas emissions and how such knowledge can be used in planning for a more sustainable future on Earth.Thank you to his teacher Mrs Smith and also

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    Outdoor learning

    27th February 2019

    Our nursery children have been enjoying the spring sunshine in their outdoor learning spaces. This week has seen a whole host of imaginative play, children being pirates on the nursery pirate shop, shouts of 'walk the plank', sending bad pirates to the dungeon galley of the ship and using the seesaw as a pretend boat to row away from the crocodiles in the water -

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    Extreme Reading

    27th February 2019
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    U11 Netball league success

    26th February 2019

    The U11 netball team have now played all of their league games and remain unbeaten. As they have won each match they have automatically qualified for the Croydon Schools Netball League Final on March 29th. Well done girls! You should be very proud of this achievement. Bring on the final!

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    Year Two Trip - Tower of London

    26th February 2019

      Year Two have been looking at the Great Fire of 1666 and visited the area to expand their knowledge further. With a great visit at the Tower of London, the children 'travelled back in time', followed by a walking tour to Monument, Pudding Lane and Pepy's street, the girls' also took part in a rousing rendition of 'London's Burning!'

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    Headmistress' Blog 15.02.2019

    19th February 2019

    It has been another busy week at Cumnor.  Year 2 ventured into London to put their learning about the Fire of London into context, they had a fabulous time and were able to recount the things that they had learnt. Both classes have presented very different and informative assemblies to their parents and were able to get their points across very clearly and confidently.  It

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    Headmasters Blog 15.02.2019

    19th February 2019

    As I sit here writing, the sun is shining, I hear children having fun in the playground and there is a general feeling of optimism in the air. Could it be my assembly about the the importance and value of love, Valentine’s Day optimism or the realisation that half term is one day away? I prefer to assume that my assembly on Monday has resonated

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    Space Workshop

    8th February 2019
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    Parent Talk: Preventing mental health problems in children

    7th February 2019

    As part of this week's programme focusing on children's mental health, wednesday night saw 50 parents from across the Cumnor House School group come together to our latest parent talk led by Dr Aric Sigman, focused on preventing mental health problems in children. A hugely insightful seminar covering statistics on screen time, the impact that sport and physical activity can have on cortisol levels, the

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    Pupil Wellbeing: Screen dependency seminar

    7th February 2019

    As part of our ongoing campaign focusing on children's wellbeing and as part of #childrensmentalhealthweek. We were delighted to welcome the return of Dr Aric Sigman to Cumnor House.

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    Headmaster's Message: The Fox and The Crow

    5th February 2019

    This week began with an assembly using the morale of Aesop’s fable ‘The Fox and the Crow’ as the theme for learning. In the fable, the Fox flatters the Crow in order to steal some food, the lesson of the fable is to warn the unsuspecting, that flattery can sometimes be used unscrupulously to bring down our personal barriers and protection. Interestingly this led to

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    Our 5 Senses

    31st January 2019
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    Blending Sounds

    31st January 2019
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    Role Play

    31st January 2019
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    Snow Time

    31st January 2019
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    Girls Hockey

    31st January 2019
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    Year 6 Girls Netball Wins

    31st January 2019

    Match Report – U11A - By Penny Cumnor House School welcomed the girls from Atwood School back for our second league match against them. For our first game of the year the weather was fine enough to play outside, however it was still chilly. Cumnor made a good start and dominated play. The conditions on the court were slippery but we didn’t let it affect

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    Phonics and sound blending

    30th January 2019

    Children have been expanding their phonic knowledge and investigating blending sounds together to create simple words. We have been recapping each sound and working together in small groups, reminding ourselves of how we write the letter using its phonic rhyme and the individual sound that it makes. These skills are essential for our future in blending sounds and reading.

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    Focus on Series: KS1 Maths

    30th January 2019

    As part of our Focus on Series - KS1 Maths Parents from across Cumnor House School joined together in an evening with our maths lead , Deputy Head Laura Threadgold

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    Shrewsbury House Rugby Festival

    30th January 2019

    The Shewsbury House Rugby Festival, saw our U9A and U10A teams compete against a host of other local schools this weekend. U9A After a trying start to the U9A's festival, with two players side-lined due to illness and a poor warm up. The U9s dug deep to bring the team together and produce some great rugby throughout the course of the day. Taking to the

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    Sports Match Report - 25.1.19

    30th January 2019

    Match Reports: Cumnor House vs. The Hawthorns School U9A: Won 40-25 A great result in some very cold and wet conditions. A much improved performance on tackling gave the boys more attacking chances which they capitalised on. Target for next week - giving the ball carrier more support and quicker defensive organisation. U9B: Won 35-20 A great first contact match for the B team. Some powerful

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    World & UK Mathletics Success

    27th November 2018

    Congratulations to Kamran in Year 6 and Ronan in Year 4 who last week came 1st and 4th respectively in the UK, in the Mathletics Numeracy Challenge. Kamran also went on to become 7th in the world and the first UK school within the Mathletics Hall of Fame. Huge congratulations to both Kamran and Ronan.  

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    In Conversation with …. Director of Sport, Mr R. Brotherton

    22nd November 2018

    Q. Tell us about the Sports Department at Cumnor House? A:  “Sport runs through the DNA fabric of our school. This is represented in the schools continued success in both county and national competitions, where we consistently compete against much larger schools; this is testament to the exceptional attitudes of the boys and on-going provision provided by the school and coaching staff.” At Cumnor House we

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    Top 50 Prep School for Cricket in The Cricketer 2019

    22nd November 2018

    Cumnor House School, featured in Top 50 Preparatory Schools for Cricket 2019 by The Cricketer. Awarded every year to Secondary Schools, and for the first time in 2019 to Junior and Preparatory Schools, the prestigious cricketing publication have included Cumnor House School in its Top 50 Preparatory Schools for Cricket in the UK. Following an exhaustive process which saw more than 350 schools submit entries

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    Year 8 Geography Field Trip

    19th November 2018

    On the 5th of November 2018 my fellow classmates and I went to Juniper Hall on Box Hill. The target of our day was to understand and investigate a micro climate, we went to four completely different locations including cow slip bank, coppiced woodland, viewpoint and woodland east view point.     During our time at Juniper Hall we collected a series of data, e.g:  wind speed, light intensity and air humidity. We documented

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    Headmaster's Message on Anti-Bullying Week

    15th November 2018

    It is has always been a mission of mine to try and foster a culture of respect in all the schools I have worked in, showing respect to every individual child, staff member and parent equally. As in the real world, I do not believe any school will completely eliminate the lack of thoughtfulness that occurs when an individual allows emotion or personal negativity to

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    1st November 2018

    Year Four pupil Ronan made it into the Mathletics Hall of Fame last week - appearing in the UK Top 10 (9th place), and Worldwide Top 100 (96th place). Great work Ronan!  

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    The importance of Harvest

    11th October 2018

    As Harvest time is fast approaching, I chose to use Monday's assembly to remind children the type of fruit they are growing in their time at Cumnor House. Fruit is the culmination of a tree or plant's ability to grow, nurture and develop a positive element of itself. As with the tree that silently feeds and shelters the fruit throughout the year or the plant

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    Pupil Wellbeing and Postive Mindset

    11th October 2018

    "Positive thinking is powerful thinking. If you want happiness, fulfillment, success and inner peace, start thinking you have the power to achieve those things. Focus on the bright side of life and expect positive results.” This week, my thinking  has been on our pupil well-being and positive mindset, especially as Wednesday marked World Mental Health Day. I was posed the question that if I were

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    20th September 2018

    "Nine Cumnor boys made up the majority of the thirteen player squad for the Old Whitgiftians Under 9 cricket team last summer. The Surrey divisions are always of a very high standard with teams having been established for decades. The team played 10 league games and won every match, breaking several records along the way. They won the league with games to spare but in

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    Headmaster's Weekly Message - Week One

    20th September 2018

    Two weeks into the new term at Cumnor and life appears to be settling down well. Feedback from parents, teachers and children regarding our new exciting curriculum changes is very positive and the children are particularly enjoying the opportunity to focus on tasks for longer.

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    A+ Article - What's in your desk

    19th September 2018

    This week, Mrs McShane spoke with A+ magazine in their regular feature 'What's on your desk', offering an insight in to our Headmistress. What's in your desk  Tidy or organised chaos?  I often dream of being one of those super-organised people - you know the ones - everything has a place, everything in its place. What is the one thing in or on your desk

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    Pre-Prep 2017/18 Review

    7th August 2018

    It has been a busy and thriving year yet again in the Pre-Prep department.

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    Headmistress' Blog - End of Year Message

    31st July 2018

    I would like to officially thank you – pupils, parents and staff for welcoming me to Cumnor House School for Girls and helping me along my first steps of this stage of my life’s journey – one that I began with a degree of excitement and trepidation[...]

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    Headmaster's End of Year Message

    31st July 2018

    Over the last few weeks and months, I have reflected in detail, on what has been an incredible and busy first year as Headmaster.

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    Daniel Cummings talks to Professor Becky Allen at the Festival of Education 2018

    27th July 2018

    Daniel Cummings talks to Professor Becky Allen at the Festival of Education 2018 from CognitaSchools on Vimeo.

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    4th Best Cricket School in the Country

    22nd June 2018

    After batting first in both games, the team only managed to post low scores of 89 and 86 on a tough batting wicket. The opposition in both games managed to surpass this total comfortably during their allotted 25 overs. Well done to the team on making finals day and we are now the 4th best school in the country for the second successive year -

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    Bromley Festival 2018 (Report)

    4th April 2018

    Training Choir has been preparing two pieces for Bromley Festival for the entire term! Finally, competition day arrived on Friday 9th March.

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    Cumnor House Boys Crowned Croydon Swimming Champions

    3rd April 2018

    Cumnor House Boys School had a great night at the Croydon Schools finals. We won 5 events and had 7 second place finishes out of twelve events. We came first and second in two events, and won the top overall School trophy for the ninth consecutive year, scoring nearly double the amount of points as the second placed School. Individual winners were: William Letchford - Year 4

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    Cumnor Pupil Wins Fourth Plinth Schools Award

    28th March 2018

    Last week we received a very exciting email from the Arts Council informing us that Kanishk Srivastava of 6T had won a prize in the Fourth Plinth Schools Awards 2018.

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    New Deputy Head for Cumnor House School, Girls

    20th March 2018

    Cumnor House School for Girls is delighted to welcome Miss Laura Threadgold as our new Deputy Headmistress from April 2018.

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    House Music Competition 2018

    19th March 2018

    Congratulations to all the instrumentalists that reached the final of the House Music.

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    New Headmistress for Cumnor House School, Girls

    19th March 2018

    Cumnor House School for Girls is delighted to welcome Mrs Amanda McShane as Headmistress from April 2018

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    New Yoga and Spanish Classes at Cumnor House Nursery

    15th March 2018

    We are delighted to announce that from the Spring Term, Cumnor House Nursery will be running Spanish and Yoga classes at our Purley and South Croydon sites on Mondays and Fridays respectively. Education studies have suggested that children who learn an additional language at a young age are more creative and better at solving complex problems. Whilst yoga helps children develop body awareness, increase their

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    Cumnor House School announces stellar scholarship results for 2017-2018

    8th March 2018

    Cumnor House School are delighted to announce exceptional scholarship results for 2017-18.

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    Cumnor House Nursery Grand Opening

    17th October 2017

    On Saturday 30th September 2017, Cumnor House celebrated the opening of our fantastic new Nursery in South Croydon with a family fun day.

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    Scholarship Record at Cumnor House Boys

    10th July 2017

    It has been a year for breaking scholarship records at Cumnor House School for Boys.  Cumnor boys have received a total of 36 Scholarships and 9 Awards in their Senior School places.

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    Scholarship Record for Cumnor Girls in 2016/17

    10th July 2017

    It has been a year for breaking scholarship records at Cumnor Girls.  The single-sex girls’ School in Purley is revelling in its successes this year with 18 scholarships and 3 awards achieved by its Year 6 pupils.

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    Cumnor House Nursery Grand Opening Fun Day

    22nd June 2017

    To celebrate the opening of our brand new Cumnor House Nursery, we are holding a family fun day. A free event for all to come along and see the new facilities, and enjoy a variety of family friendly activities.

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    'Voice of the Parent' wins National Award

    6th June 2017

    A ‘Voice of the Parent’ programme run at Cumnor House Schools, part of the Cognita group, has won a 2017 Confirmit ACE (Achievement in Customer Excellence) Award.

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    New Headmaster for Cumnor House Boys and Nursery

    5th June 2017

    Daniel Cummings joins Cumnor House School in September. He has taught in the state and independent schools sector in England as well as in Australia and has a track record of innovation and leadership.

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    It's official - we're EXCELLENT!

    20th March 2017

    Cumnor House School for Boys and Treetops Nursery were inspected by the Independent School Inspectorate (ISI) in February and the Headmaster of the Boys' school, Floyd Steadman, is delighted to announce that we have been awarded the grade of “Excellent” across the board.

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    New building for Cumnor House Nursery

    9th March 2017

    The nursery building at Treetops South Croydon, known as the Pavilion, will be razed to the ground during the summer holidays of 2017. When all the children come back in September 2017, there will be a brand new Pavilion building for the children aged 3-4 years to enjoy.  The other [...]

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    Literacy expert Sue Palmer addresses parents

    6th March 2017

    Sue Palmer, Educational Consultant and author of ‘Toxic Childhood’ addressed parents at Cumnor House School for Girls in Purley on Thursday 2 March, enlightening them on the well-documented dangers of screen-based entertainment for our children. She quoted the startling fact that during 2016, researchers reported that UK kids are among [...]

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    We have a Published Author in our midst

    3rd March 2017

    In Year, 4, Huda S has done more than most of us accomplish in a lifetime, in that she is already a published author!  Her book, ‘The Curious Adventures of Billu the Cat’ is available as an e-book on Amazon, no less!  She apparently wrote this particular story when she [...]

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    Chinese New Year 2017

    7th February 2017

    On Tuesday 31st January, during our Pre-Prep Assembly London Yu in 2S stood in front of all the boys and spoke eloquently about Chinese New Year and how they celebrate. London showed us, on the pictures that he brought in, the dumplings (Jiao Zi) he had made on New Year's Eve. The Chinese like [...]

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    Girls win medals at ISA National Swimming Finals

    23rd January 2017

    The ISA National Swimming finals took place at the Olympic Swimming pool in London on Saturday 21 January.  The girls from Cumnor House who participated won a whole range of medals, making us very, very proud indeed. All medals were awarded by Ryan Crouch, from the Paralympic GB Swim team. [...]

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    The Heads discuss the benefits of single-sex education

    16th January 2017

    It’s not news to discover that boys and girls are wired differently.  Any parent with children of both sexes will appreciate this more than most!   There is of course scientific evidence that the two genders do develop both physically and emotionally at different speeds, they learn in different ways, and [...]

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    RHS Wisley to design a Christmas tree

    19th December 2016

    In October we entered a competition run by RHS Wisley to design a Christmas tree. The theme was fairy tales. It was open to all key stages in schools throughout the country. The ten winning designs would be invited to decorate a tree to be displayed in the gardens in [...]

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    Bollywood Dancing at the Girls’ School

    19th December 2016

    On Friday in assembly the girls who take part in the Bollywood Dancing Club came to school dressed in their beautiful dresses.   They entertained the whole school with their amazing dancing

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    ISFA U11 LONDON REGION SEVEN-A-SIDE CHAMPIONSHIP

    27th October 2016

    CUMNOR HOUSE U11A TEAM ARE LONDON REGION WINNERS 2016-17 AND QUALIFY FOR NATIONALS! The London Schools’ tournament at Alleyn’s was enjoyed by 17 participating schools on a beautiful autumn day in South East London. Alleyn’s, Arnold House and Hornsby House emerged as the three group winners, with all three teams [...]

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    U11 A team win the first trophy of the year!

    13th September 2016

    CHS U11A – SHS 7 a-side Football Tournament Winners! On Saturday 11 September, the U11A side brought back the first trophy of the academic year in style! After progressing through the group stages the team went onto beat Hampton Prep (Quarter-Final), Dulwich Prep (Semi-Final) and eventually hosts Shrewsbury House on [...]

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    Cumnor House Nursery to offer year-round care

    1st August 2016

    Treetops Nursery will offer a new year-round service from September 2016 to all existing and new parents of children at both nursery sites – Purley and South Croydon.  In addition to the current term-time nursery provision, the staff are delighted to offer year-round (51 weeks a year) provision. This is [...]

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    By Royal Appointment

    5th July 2016

    On Thursday 30 June, six of the Reception boys and three members of the Reception Staff were invited to the Fairfield Halls to meet some very special visitors and to talk to them about the portraits of the Queen that we had painted and that are on display in the [...]

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    We have ourselves a National Champion!

    1st July 2016

    Well done to Khalia – Year 6, who won the 80m final at the ISA National Athletics Finals on Wednesday 29 June, held at Alexander stadium in Birmingham. What a fantastic achievement!

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    Cycling proficiency at the Girls’ School

    7th June 2016

    During half-term some of our Year 6 girls took part in a Cycling Course at school run by Croydon Council. The girls all had a great time, despite the dreadful weather, and have learnt a lot about keeping safe on the roads and in traffic.

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    Treetops Celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday

    23rd May 2016

    Treetops have enjoyed celebrating the Queens 90th Birthday. The children painted portraits of the Queen and also enjoyed a scrummy picnic!

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    Nursery to Reception Easter Event

    23rd March 2016

    We all had an egg-cellent time at our Nursery-to-Reception Easter event! We were totally blown away by the amazing array of Easter hats! So much so that it was almost impossible to choose a winner! Thank you all for making such an effort. We hope you all enjoyed your Easter [...]

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