Culford is a buzzing, caring, co-educational school for both sexes aged 2¾–18, with boarding places for those over seven years of age. Finding itself in 480 acres of stunning Suffolk parkland, the School is located just 45 minutes from Stansted and Norwich Airports and around two hours from Heathrow and Gatwick.
The School boasts first-class academic schooling and sports facilities. All the boarding houses have been completely refurbished in recent times to provide top-quality accommodation for all pupils, and a new girls’ boarding house opened in September 2012.
New developments and facilities
Culford is able to offer a diverse range of activities, from scuba diving, equestrian and golf programmes through to sailing, choirs, drama and orchestra. There is also a variety of clubs and societies such as debating. Culford is a keen advocate of both the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and a Combined Cadet Force.
ICT suites can be found in every major subject area. The School also has a multimedia language suite, and has been given permission to construct a £2.2m state-of-the-art library, creating a new academic base. Culford also has its own Medical Centre on campus.
Pupils are able to benefit from a grand Studio Theatre and a thriving Sixth Form Centre, together with a redeveloped Music School which provides excellent practice and performance rooms.
Pastoral and academic care
Pastoral care is the heartbeat of Culford’s functioning. Each pupil is assigned a personal tutor who assists minors to strike a balance between the academic and extracurricular opportunities available. Overall responsibility for the pupils’ welfare lies with the housemistress or housemaster.
Culford has superb sports facilities with a Sports Centre containing a 25-metre indoor pool. Complementing a tennis coaching centre and fitness suite are immaculate pitches and courts for pupils to develop their skills. Constructed in 2009, a four-court Indoor Tennis Centre of championship standard has helped Culford pupils to achieve tremendous individual, national and team success. Culford is one of the UK’s leading tennis schools owing to a dedicated, High Performance Coach who is fully endorsed by the Lawn Tennis Association.
For immensely talented students, an exceptional offering of scholarship programmes are available for tennis, rugby, hockey and swimming.
“A thriving, happy school with excellent foundations and confident leadership.” The Good Schools Guide