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Culford School

Culford School

Year established 1935

Culford School

Year established 1935


Nearest Airport: London Stansted

Nearest Station: Bury St Edmunds

Boarding School Type: Co-Education

Number of Students

Age range: 10-18

Number of students: 670

Number of boarders: 260


Culford is a co-educational school, located in Suffolk and near to Cambridge.  It offers its students the warmth and individual attention of a small community with the wider educational opportunities of a larger school. 



Culford believes independent thinking, reflection, tenacity and confidence are essential to learning and help lead to success. Teachers promote these skills and qualities, which is evident in the excellent level of achievement by students. Each pupil’s learning is unique, which is why daily meetings with tutors to set goals and to review individual progress is an essential component of the Culford academic programme. In addition, the annual Scholars’ Programme challenges and engages students who have a drive and aptitude for high-level academic study. 


The library is at the academic heart of the school and is a centre for research and study. The Sixth Form have exclusive use of the library’s mezzanine floor with coffee facilities, quiet study areas, and WI-FI. 



Pastoral care at Culford is rated by Ofsted as “Outstanding”. 


Boarding (Information particular to your school and international students) 

Boarding students live in a “House,” where they enjoy all the amenities of their home away from home. Housemasters and Housemistresses oversee the well-being of pupils in the house, take a strong interest in the personal development of their charges and keep in close touch with parents. Each House also has a Matron and a Resident Assistant to the Housemaster or Housemistress. 



Culford offers pupils the opportunity to combine an excellent academic education with top-level coaching through Culford’s performance programmes in football, tennis, swimming, golf and cricket. These bespoke programmes allow pupils to practice their sport during the day and to follow an academic programme tailored to their needs.  


Facilities include a 25m indoor swimming pool, 6 indoor and 6 outdoor tennis courts, outdoor golf driving range and practices area with an indoor swing studio with Trackman® analysis equipment, artificial turf pitches, two large dance studios with high-sprung floors, a wing for music practice, lessons, digital music production and a recording studio, two theatres to support an active drama programme, an arts centre and a new Innovation Centre for design technology and digital media. 


The activities outside the classroom and sport are numerous and varied including dance (all styles), The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Community Service work (in Malawi, India, and locally), outdoor adventure activities, an Equestrian Programme, Combined Cadets Forces, musical groups ranging from jazz and rock to classical groups, to chorale and orchestral groups, and many more. Drama plays an important role in the life of Culford School and productions give all pupils the opportunity to be involved, whether on the stage or behind the scenes on lighting and sound. Performances take place in a 400-seat auditorium and in a professionally equipped studio theatre. Culford is proud to offer LAMDA courses and exams. 


Good Schools Guide says: “Pupils and parents alike rate the school highly, and one has the feeling of a quietly self-confident, happy establishment” and “a well rounded, thoroughly reliable school, in a wonderful setting.” 

Culford School

52.373313, 0.676684

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