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Culford School

Culford, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England IP28 6TX
Tel: +44 (0) 1284 728615

Private School (Fee Paying) Co-Educational 1 - 18 Years Day & Boarding (Flexi, Full, Weekly)


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Word From The Head

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Claire 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.

What We Offer

  • GCSE - General Certificate of Secondary Education
  • LAMDA - London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
  • A Level - Advanced Level Examinations
  • EPQ - Extended Project Qualification
  • Business studies
  • Design Technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Economics
  • Environmental studies
  • ICT
  • Media/Film studies
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Photography
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • English As Foreign/2nd Language
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-Country
  • Fitness Training
  • Five-A-Side Football
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Mountain Biking
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Skiiing
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Touch Rugby
  • Volleyball
  • Water Sports
  • Adventure Training
  • Badminton
  • Ballet
  • Band
  • Beavers
  • Brass
  • Cadets
  • Canoeing
  • Chess
  • Choir
  • Coding
  • Cooking
  • Cubs
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Debating
  • Drama
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Eco Club
  • First Aid/Life Savers
  • Five-A-Side Football
  • Gaming
  • Horse Riding & Management
  • Jazz
  • Language Club
  • Lego
  • Mountain Biking
  • Music
  • Orchestra
  • Orienteering
  • Public Speaking
  • Robotics
  • Rock Climbing
  • Scouts
  • Scuba Diving
  • Sewing & Knitting
  • Skiing
  • Table Tennis
  • Water Sports
  • Yoga
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • After School Club
  • Airport Services
  • Armed Forces Children
  • Before School Club
  • Breakfast Club
  • Coeliac/Gluten Intolerance
  • Dairy Intolerance
  • Diplomatic Children
  • Expatriate Children
  • Gifted Children
  • International Students
  • Nut Allergies
  • Rail Services
  • School Bus Service
  • Special Diets
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Wrap Around Care


  • Entry test or exam
  • GCSE results
  • Bursaries
  • Clergy/Ministers
  • Drama
  • Academic
  • Armed forces discounts or bursaries
  • Art
  • Music
  • Financial Assistance
  • All-rounder
  • Scholarships - Other
  • Sixth Form
  • Science
  • Sport
  • Design Technology
  • All denominations welcome
  • Methodist
  • English

    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:

    Number Of Pupils

    130Full Boarding100
    0Weekly Boarding0
    Boys Girls

    Number Of Staff

    Full-time: 190
    Part-time: 13

    % Pupils Gaining
    GCSE/IGCSE Passes 5 - 9

    % Pupils Gaining
    A Level Grades A – C

    % Pupils Going
    To University

    School Reviews

    Hadley, Recent Leaver

    I have been able to persue my passion, win a place at the National Yout Film Academy and secure a job at a leadign marketing agency. This would not have been possible without Culford's support.  

    Ophelia, Recent Leaver

    I am taught in such inspiring and energetic teachers whose passion for thier subject is not only evident, but contagious!  

    Lucy, Recent Leaver

    Culford helped to set me up for the future by teaching me how to interact with the public and by giving me the confidence to believe in myself.  

    Jess, Former Head Boy

    My teachers have supported, prepared and inspired me for my life after Culford.