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Culford School

Culford, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England IP28 6TX

Age Range & Fees

Age Range1 to 18
Annual Day Fees *£0 to £0
Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *£0 to £0
Annual Full Boarding Fees *£0 to £0
* Currency: GB Pound

Number of Pupils

Boys Girls
120Full Boarding90
0Weekly Boarding0

Number of Staff

Full-time: 190
Part-time: 13

GCSE Pass Rate - Age 16

Pass Rate - Age 18

Exams at age 18

Higher Education

Pupils who went on to Higher Education
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Mr J F Johnson-Munday and Mrs C Bentley

At Culford we believe in an education that is challenging, enriching and fun. Academic excellence is at the heart of what we do, but the wider educational experience here is what prepares our pupils for success in their future lives.

We believe that lessons should be challenging in content and pace; that they should be enriching, going beyond the curriculum wherever possible; and that they should be fun, because the best learning happens when pupils are engaged and enthusiastic.

Leadership and other life-skills are rarely learnt within the academic curriculum, however. They can be learnt and developed through sport, charity work, drama, music, outdoor pursuits and the wide range of other opportunities we offer. These are not bolt-on extras, but fundamental parts of the learning experience.

We have wonderful facilities in our 480 acre park, the envy of bigger schools. We enjoy state of the art science facilities, a stunning sports hall with 25m indoor pool and indoor climbing wall, a wonderful Studio Theatre, boarding houses with internet throughout, and a magnificent four-court indoor tennis centre. What's more, a 2.2 million library sits at the heart of the school, a real hub for learning and teaching. A brand new art centre also opened in 2019 and more recently we opened two dance studios both fitted with a harlequin dance floor, the same used by professional dancers. In 2020 we were also lucky to receive a donation to open a 24-track recording studio.

We are, however, a deliberately small school of some 400 pupils in the Senior School, half of whom board, since that enables us to fulfil our aim to nurture the individual. We are also deliberately inclusive in our admissions policy, since we welcome children with a wide range of talents. Standards of attainment are high, however, with an average of 66% of A Levels gained at A* to B grade over the last 5 years.

Our aim is to focus on the individual and see pupils emerge from Culford a credit to us and a delight to their parents. If you want to see how we do it, please do arrange a visit since I would be very pleased to welcome you to Culford.
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What we offer

  • Business studies
  • Design technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Economics
  • Environmental studies
  • ICT
  • Media/Film studies
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Psychology
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country
  • Fitness training
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Touch rugby
  • Water sports
  • Adventure training
  • Ballet
  • Cadets - CCF/ACF/ATC etc
  • Chess
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Drama productions
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Horse riding and management
  • Language club
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Scuba diving
  • Skiing
  • Yoga
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Brass
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Jazz
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Percussion
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • After school club
  • Before school/Breakfast club
  • Experience of diplomatic corps' children
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of services' children
  • Particular diets
  • Rail/Airport services
  • School bus service
  • Dyslexia
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Method of Entry

  • Common Entrance
  • Entry test or exam

Scholarships & Bursaries

  • Other bursaries
  • Clergy/Ministers
  • Drama
  • Academic
  • Armed forces discounts or bursaries
  • Art
  • Junior school entry
  • CDT
  • Siblings
  • Music
  • Financial need
  • Senior school entry
  • Boarding
  • All-rounder
  • Other scholarships
  • Teaching
  • 6th Form
  • Science
  • Sport
  • Means tested bursaries

Curriculum and Exams:

  • A Level
    Advanced Level Examinations
  • Edexcel Foundation
  • GCSE
    General Certicicate of Secondary Education
    International English Language Testing
    International General Certicicate of Secondary Education
  • ISEB
    Independent Schools Examination Board
  • OCR
    Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Examinations

Religious Affiliation:

  • All denominations welcome
  • Methodist

Teaching Languages:

  • English
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