Culford is an independent boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 13 to 18 years, set in over 480 acres of stunning Suffolk parkland near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. The School was judged ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED and ISI in boarding and pastoral care and provides an education which is 'challenging, enriching and fun'.
About the school
Situated within beautiful parkland just three miles from Bury St Edmunds, Culford School is a co-educational boarding and day school providing exceptional academic and sports facilities for pupils aged 13 to 18. Rated outstanding by both OFSTED and ISI, we are renowned for having a unique sense of community which enriches the minds of our pupils, and creates an academic environment that develops the potential of every individual. Senior School and Sixth Form is for pupils aged 13 to 18 years; before that pupils may enter the Prep School for 12 to seven year olds, and the Pre-Prep and Nursery for rising threes to six year olds. Our philosophy is to provide a well-rounded education which shapes the minds and lives of our pupils both today, and for the future. To accomplish this goal we have invested in the very best facilities so every child can embrace academia in an inspirational and nurturing setting, and achieve qualifications of the highest standards. Understanding that a healthy body is just as important as a healthy mind, we also have a state-of-the-art sports and tennis centre which enables children to pursue a wealth of sporting activities, and develop a competitive and disciplined approach to life. Contact Culford School today to give your child the very best foundation for the future; an education which is challenging, enriching and fun.
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Culford kicks-off new football academy with Ipswich Town FC
Culford School has launched a new Football Academy in partnership with Ipswich Town Football Club.
16th May 2018 — The academy will be led by former Republic of Ireland international Alan Lee. A leading coach at Ipswich Town, Alan is a UEFA ‘A’ and FA Advanced Youth Licensed coach.
Head of Football Alan Lee said: “I am extremely excited by the prospect of leading this new academy and helping pupils realise their footballing ambitions.”
“The academy is about football and education; pupils can combine their academic studies and receive the same benefits that a player would get at a premier league football academy.”
The innovative football academy, which will start at the Bury St Edmunds boarding school in September, sees academic studies combine with the footballing ambitions of boys and girls.
This tailored approach, together with the excellent pastoral support provided by Culford teachers, will open opportunities into the professional and semi-professional game as well as scholarships to universities in the United States.
Headmaster Julian Johnson-Munday said: “We are very excited to introduce football to Culford with Ipswich Town, our partners. The success of our tennis and golf academies demonstrate that we are perfectly placed to launch such an exciting venture.”
"Bury St Edmunds is the second largest town in Suffolk and we are keen to do more in the area,” said ITFC Academy manager, Lee O’Neill.
"Culford have established academies in tennis and golf, excellent facilities and expertise that will naturally support a football programme.
With Alan's experience and achievements at the Academy, it will really help the whole area, developing players for the Club and our presence in Bury St Edmunds.
Alan will continue at ITFC, particularly as a specialist coach with Academy strikers."
Culford Reception class plant oak tree in School grounds
The new Reception class at Culford Pre-Prep planted a tree in the grounds this term to mark the start of their Culford journey. Parents, family and friends were invited to watch the occasion and a plaque commemorated the new class’ first day at school.
4th January 2018 — The new Reception class at Culford Pre-Prep planted a tree in the grounds this term to mark the start of their Culford journey. Parents, family and friends were invited to watch the occasion and a plaque commemorated the new class’ first day at school.
One of the oldest features in the 480 acres that surround Culford is the so-called ‘King of the Park’ oak tree which was planted in C.1591, making it the oldest tree on the estate. Reception class enjoyed planting the newest oak at the school and are looking forward to watching their tree grow throughout the year, already anticipating picnics there next summer.
Headmistress, Sarah Preston said, “This is the third year we have planted a tree for the Reception class and we aim to keep the tradition going. The idea is that the tree grows with the class as they move through Culford and they are able to come back and visit it every year until they finish School.”
Culford School senior pupils were challenged to explore gender in today’s world.
4th January 2018 — Culford School senior pupils were challenged to explore gender in today’s world.
During the ‘Gender in our modern world’ event on Saturday, the school hosted talks from multi award-winning fiction author Juno Dawson, who discussed the nature and role of gender and University of East Anglia’s Director of the Bachelor of Laws Programme, Polly Morgan who considered gender law. Former Culford pupil Melanie Okuneye of Goldman Sachs International returned to lead a discussion on the topic ‘Can I do that if I’m a girl?’
Polly Morgan enjoyed the morning with pupils and tweeted: “Lovely Saturday @culfordschool with @junodawson talking about gender in the real world. [I would be] very happy to host any Culfordians who want to explore what @uniofeastanglia and @uealaw have to offer.”
Sarah Haughey, Housemistress said: “The pupils found the event both immensely thought provoking and empowering. In a world where gender is increasingly hitting the front pages, it is important that we engage with our students to think and challenge the role of gender in society.”
Five-year-old set to donate hair to cancer charity
Five-year old Culford Pre-Prep pupil, Annabella Ellis, has cut off 12 inches of hair to donate to charity.
4th January 2018 — Five-year old Culford Pre-Prep pupil, Annabella Ellis, has cut off 12 inches of hair to donate to charity.
After Annabella learnt of a friend’s treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma causing hair loss, she made the decision to have her hair cut to help children in a similar position by donating it to The Little Princess Trust.
This charity provides real hair wigs to children free of charge across the UK and Ireland, intended for those who have sadly lost their own hair due to cancer treatments and other illnesses.
Annabella’s mother, Rachel Ellis, said: “Although it was a brave decision, it really hasn’t bothered her at all. She loves the new length and we are all so proud of her for the kindness and generosity she has shown in helping someone less fortunate.”
Culford School named in the top 100 cricket schools
Culford School has been included in the Cricketer Magazine’s Top 100 Cricket Schools in the UK for 2018.
4th January 2018 — Culford School has been included in the Cricketer Magazine’s Top 100 Cricket Schools in the UK for 2018.
The boarding school is one of only three from Suffolk to be recognised.
The annual publication ‘The Playing Fields of England’ showcases the top 100 independent schools for cricket. The selection committee, chaired by former first class cricketer, Channel 5 analyst and Cricketer Magazine editor Simon Hughes.
Mr Hughes said: “We received a record 250 submissions this year, all of them worthy of inclusion in different ways, however we had to narrow the list down to determine the Top 100.”
“This was achieved by judging each entry against a set of carefully considered criteria set by The Cricketer.”
“It really is a great achievement to make it into this year’s guide,” he added.
Culford has had a long association with cricket and Josh Davey, is current professional playing for Somerset CCC and Scotland, and 16-year-old Alex Oxley, was the youngest cricketer to play for Suffolk since the Second World War last summer.
Cultural cricketers recognised in the listing include BBC football commentator and Old Culfordian John Motson.
Head of Culford’s Cricket Programme and Andy Northcote said: “We are delighted to be named amongst the Top 100 Cricket Schools in UK.”
“Our investment in cricket has seen Culford transform into a school that offers world-class coaching facilities.”
“Through these developments, we can transform every individual player and help them realise their potential,” he added.
Culford School has retained its top co-educational tennis school ranking for the second year in a row by the Lawn Tennis Association.
4th January 2018 — Culford School has retained its top co-educational tennis school ranking for the second year in a row by the Lawn Tennis Association.
The school has been recognised as the top school for boys and the second best school for girls.
The announcement comes after school teams finished runners-up at the national tennis finals in Bolton this weekend.
On route to the final, the boys defeated Repton 12-0 and Merchiston Castle 8-4. The girls’ team beat Manchester Grammar School 8-4 and Leicester 12-0.
On finals Sunday, the boys narrowly lost 4-2 to Bournemouth with Harry Wendelken and Luke Watson edged out on a tie-break in the final match. The girls battled hard in their game but lost 6-0 to a very strong Talbot Heath side.
2017 has also seen the U18 boys crowned national champions and the U18 girls finished in third place.
Head of School and Community Tennis, David Hall said: “All players were magnificent all weekend and should be very proud of their performances. To finish second in the national finals, which involves state and independent schools from across Great Britain, is a great achievement.”