Breaking down stereotypes at single-sex schools

Music at Cumnor House

Single-sex schools are often tarnished with an attitude of stereotyping genders. It is important when considering a primary school for your child that you consider all options available to you, including private, single-sex and state school opportunities. At Cumnor House School, we endeavour to break down the misconception of stereotypes, we do this in a range of ways, from the core curriculum that we teach to the after school activities that we offer at both the boys and the girl’s school.

At Cumnor House, we have both an independent girls school in Surrey and an independent boys school, both of which are dedicated to ensuring that every day is full of academic focus, allied to a great deal of laughter and fun.


In both our boys and girls school, we have a strong focus on core subjects, English, Mathematics, Science, French, History, Geography, RE, Food Technology, Music, Art, ICT, PE, Games and PSHE/Citizenship. With a particular focus on the basic skills of reading, writing and arithmetic, particularly in the early years, where the standards reached are excellent.

At Cumnor House School, all of our students in Year 3 take up an instrument and sing in a choir as part of our Music scheme, our children participate in music and drama as part of their core learning. We passionately believe in encouraging our students to find and pursue their talents, regardless of their gender.


Rugby is not just for boys, at Cumnor House School we run an after school tag rugby club so that our girls can participate in a sport that is stereotypically played by boys. Both schools enjoy fantastic sports facilities, including playing fields, an indoor sports hall, a multi-use games area, netball court and a superb indoor heated swimming pool.

Cumnor House was included in the Top 50 Prep schools for cricket in 2019 as awarded by The Cricketer. Our swimming teams compete regularly against other schools and in local galas. All our teams have enjoyed success in both regional and national tournaments.

After School clubs

We see after school clubs as another opportunity to further develop our students, exploring new skills, hobbies and talents, we don’t just offer ballet for girls and football for boys, we run chess clubs, mad science and Spanish club at the girls school and gardening and wildlife and stories and crafts at the boys school.

We seek to empower all our students to maximise their talents and become the best that they can be without feeling the pressure to conform to their gender stereotype. Both schools provide opportunities for achievement for all children, with a curriculum that is both broad and balanced.

If you are looking for private schools in Croydon for either your son or daughter, please do come and visit us on an open day or request a prospectus.

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