Day pupils fully benefit from all that Culford has to offer, the only difference is that they don’t sleep here and spend Sundays at home. In this way, students get the full benefit of belonging to a boarding school, while still being day pupils.
Belonging to a House
All day pupils join one of the four Culford Houses; Cornwallis or Edwards for boys and Fitzgerald or Jocelyn for girls. This means that they are under the care of the Housemaster or Housemistress for their house, as well as having a personal tutor. The tutor will meet with each pupil on a daily basis and is always available to provide support and advice on any work, personal, friendship, health or other matters.
"Our Sixth Form has a very happy and dynamic vibe; it is a great place to be."
Mr Stephen Arbuthnot, Head of Sixth Form.
Although they do not have a bedroom in the House, like boarding pupils, day pupils can still use Common Rooms and study facilities, as well as have a locker for their own personal belongings.
Matrons provide refreshments at break times and Housemasters and Housemistresses will normally be available to talk to in the Houses first thing in the morning, at lunchtime and at the end of the school day.
There is a Medical Centre on-site, with a resident nurse, should pupils feel unwell or have an injury or other accident.
Currently, after weekday activities finish at 5.20pm, day pupils are either collected by their parents or catch one of our buses home. Providing flexibly for busy parents, our new Extended Day Option (from September 2016) means that pupils may be collected at any time up until 8.30pm.
After enjoying a tasty supper in Ashby, pupils will be able to make use of our new state of the art Library to complete their homework, or revise for important exams in a quiet environment, supervised by a member of staff.
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Sixth Form students may elect to board on an occasional basis for up to 10 nights per term for a fixed rate. This is often useful if students have an early exam, or if they are taking part in a trip or sporting tour which departs early in the morning or arrives back late at night. Please contact your child's Housemaster or Housemistress at the first instance if you are interested in this service.
School Bus Service
The school day begins at 8.30 and finishes at 17.30 from Monday to Friday and from 8.45 to 12.05 on Saturdays. To avoid the school run, students can use the school bus service which includes routes from villages around Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket, Sudbury, Ipswich and Stowmarket. We also run shuttle bus services that go directly from Cambridge and Norwich.
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