Culford School

Why Culford

There are few places quite like Culford. It is a school that places the individual at its heart, where teachers are committed to helping every child unlock their full potential, to be ready for life.

From the moment our children arrive, aged one onward, Culford provides a high-quality education and the dynamic support needed to open up opportunities for every pupil. These combine into a highly personalised learning programme that helps each child achieve their aspirations. 

Culford School is regarded amongst the best boarding schools in the country, with over 420 pupil in the senior school, 260 in the Prep School and 110 in Pre-Prep & Nursery, we have the resources and facilities to offer world leading teaching and coaching.


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Academic Standards

Culford School received the highest grading possible in all areas of a recent educational quality inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) for both Senior and Lower Schools, with a grading of excellent across the board.

The school was judged as excellent in both categories - pupil achievement and pupil awareness.

We encourage our pupils to question, challenge and ask why?

Pastoral Care

Outstanding pastoral care ensures that Culfordians learn to live and work with people whose talents, beliefs, backgrounds and cultures are diverse and respected. 

Whether boarding or day, all pupils benefit from the warm, positive atmosphere of their house. 

Health, wellbeing and safety is at the heart of everything we do.


A blend of the historic and the modern, the school is set in 480 acres of beautiful Suffolk parkland with an 18th-century mansion at its centre. It also boasts modern academic and sporting facilities that are the envy of schools and academies across the UK.
  • Championship standard indoor tennis centre
  • Indoor Golf Studio and onsite driving range
  • Sport centre with 25m heated swimming pool
  • Drama studio and theatre
  • Dance studio
  • Newly developed art centre
  • Two full size hockey pitches
  • 24 track recording studio
  • Landmark library at the heart of the school


Boarding is a great route to develop self-reliant, mature young people who have clear values and compassion and tolerance for others. Whether as boarders or day pupils, our community ensures that all pupils see school as not just a place of work, but as a society in which their leadership can make a difference. 
The Houses are central to our community and offer a home environment for all, weather as a day pupil or a boarder.

Houses mix well and friendliness between the years is a natural part of life at Culford.

Sporting Provision

Culford is known for high levels of achievement, but the foundation of our sporting ethos is to provide every Culford pupil with an opportunity  to fulfil his or her sporting aspirations at whatever level. We believe exercise and activity is essential to all of our pupils.

Our academy sports in Golf, Hockey, Football and Tennis enable talented pupils to combine an excellent education with tailored, high-performance programmes.  

Dynamic Teaching & Learning

Research shows that the biggest single influence on pupil achievement is our teachers. It is profoundly important, therefore, that staff are given the space and tools to reflect upon and develop their teaching practice. The growth mindset that is so important to develop in pupils, needs to be the attitude we adopt as staff. 

Culford is committed to investing in our teachers, ensuring our academic offering constantly evolves and provides pupils access to the best teachers and leading classroom-based initiatives.


With over 50 different activities across our schools, pupils have the opportunity to gain experience and develop skills outside of their standard curriculum. The breadth of extra-curricular opportunities at at Culford range from practical and creative, adventurous to reflective, and the physically and mentally challenging.

Culford really does have something for everyone.

Future Success

Culford sees education as a transformational process that guides pupils toward academic success, gives them clear moral values and develops their leadership qualities in readiness for the adult world. No matter a pupil’s interest or passion, Culford School provides the foundation for them to flourish.

It is a simple proposition: young adults should leave Culford ready for life, a credit to us and a delight to you.

"Pupils demonstrate excellent attitudes to learning as a result of a supportive and caring environment"

Independent School Inspectorate

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