Culford School

About Culford School

Culford School

Culford is a boarding and day school for over 700 children set in 480 acres of beautiful Suffolk parkland, with an 18th-century mansion at its centre and three separate schools: the Pre-Prep & Nursery (ages 1 to 7); the Prep (ages 7 to 13); and the Senior School (ages 13 to 18). At Culford they believe in educating the whole child to create a well rounded, fulfilled young person who has excellent academic results.

Everything Culford School do is informed by the firm belief that learning should be challenging, enriching and fun and they follow this ethos to deliver a highly personalised learning programme that ensures pupils achieve their individual potential.

Culford School sees education as a transformational process that guides pupils towards academic success gives them clear moral values and develops their leadership qualities in readiness for the adult world. As well as being blessed with a wonderful setting, Culford offers pupils a wealth of opportunities through its on-site facilities. With a 25m indoor swimming pool, a championship standard indoor tennis centre, music studio, studio theatre, two all-weather artificial turf pitches and a state-of-the-art £2.2 million library, Culford has something to keep all pupils engaged no matter what their interests.

Boarding at Culford School

Culford offers a variety of boarding options including part boarding, weekly boarding, full boarding and occasional boarding, space permitting.

Boarding at Culford School enables children to become more independent in a safe, secure and caring environment. Through boarding, they develop their organisational skills and a sense of responsibility both for themselves and for others. Boarders learn to share, help one another and often make friends for life. Above all, they have an enormous amount of fun!

The majority of Culford’s boarders are full boarders, staying at the School for the whole week, although pupils may go home at the weekend after Saturday morning school. As Culford does not operate a system of compulsory exeats and offers an exciting programme of weekend activities, many pupils choose to stay.  Weekend activities include karting, bowling and meals out as well as special outings, such as trips to Cambridge, Harry Potter World, the SnowDome or the theatre. Boarders also take part in activities every afternoon, alongside day pupils.

At Culford, boarders become members of a House and each House has one or more common rooms in which children can relax in with a television, Wi-Fi, table tennis and pool tables. They also have a kitchen where they can make a drink or snack in the evenings and at weekends.


Type of School Co-educational independent boarding and day school for children aged 1 to 18 years.
School Address Culford School, Culford, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk IP28 6TX
Number of Pupils 741
Pupils Prep 300
Number of Boarders 250
International Boarders 129
Age Range 1 to 18 years
Religious Tradition Methodist
Distance from Airports

Stansted: 51 miles (1 hour)
Gatwick: 115 miles (under 2 hours)
Heathrow: 108 miles (under 2 hours)

Distance from London

Approximately 80 miles (1 hour 40 minutes)

School Links

We have our own Pre-Prep and Prep School and encourage pupils to remain with the school during their entire educational journey.

Educational Programmes

Culford School provides a full academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular programme which is offered daily. From morning to evening there is much on offer, whether students are day students or full boarders. The days are full with much to do and friends to interact with.

We have created highly personalised learning journeys so that every child can fulfil their academic and personal potential. We challenge and stretch pupils while supporting them every step of the way, providing them with an education that is challenging, enriching and fun.

Through our approach and our inspirational teachers, we foster an enduring love and enjoyment of learning so pupils develop a passion and innate interest in the subjects they study.

Whilst we are a relatively small independent school, we provide an expansive curriculum that caters to the academic and artistic pupils as well as those committed to sporting passions. To the latter, not only do we provide a raft of activities but our performance sport academies in
Tennis and Golf that are regarded amongst the best in the UK.

Co-Curricular Programmes

Culford offers a wide range of activities, which form an integral part of school life. The activities programme encompasses challenges for the body, mind or a combination of the two and can
be divided into:

  • Creative and performing arts such as contemporary dance, drama club, art and design and many musical clubs including our swing band or choral choir
  • Competitive sports including rugby, hockey, cricket, golf, tennis, swimming and netball
  • Academic societies such as debating or living history club
  • Recreational sports and hobbies such as football, chess club or bee club
  • Outdoor and adventurous activity including our 6 th Form Freshers’ trip to the Peak District and Scuba Diving expeditions to Tenerife and Mexico
  • Service based activities such as our Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and Pathfinders
Academies Offered

Culford is able to offer first-class high performance academies in Tennis and Golf. The Tennis Academy has recently been named as the number one co-educational Tennis Academy in the UK and is led by a team of highly skilled professional coaches. PGA Professional Lawrence Dodd and benefits lead our Golf programme, with facilities such as a state-of-the-art swing studio with the latest technology and an on-site driving range.