Culford School

Charities and Community

Culford offers a whole host of opportunities to for each individual to enrich their own and other people’s lives. From fundraising initiatives such as the annual Charity Restaurant through to funding and building classrooms in Malawi, to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, Culford pupils have every change to roll up their sleeves and get involved in charity work.

Culford’s charitable events are organised by a pupil-led Charities Committee with representatives from each year group. The events fall into two main categories: whole school events and house events.


A short film produced by Old Culfordian, Hadley Butler, during his time in Malawi.

Pupils and staff have made a difference to children in Malawi during inspiring charity expeditions since 2009. Having fundraised over £12,000 each year for their projects, the pupils have continued and completed life-changing work experience year-on-year.

The main challenge for the team was to complete the build of a library at Nankhufi School, which began back in 2009. Back then; the school barely existed, consisting of just two shacks and a handful of pupils. Now, the school is a sizeable community boasting five classroom blocks, toilets, a porridge kitchen, a local market store and now, thanks to the Culford pupils, a library.

Project leader and Head of Modern Languages at Culford School, Andy Deane, said: “Having seen the progress in helping to build this school from scratch it is an absolute joy to see the 150 young children attending regularly and loving their learning experience – and having a mug of porridge begin each school day. The Culford students were amazing from start to finish on the trip.”

As well as completing the library build, pupils taught a series of PSHCE classes to 160 teenagers at Nankombe School, in the rural Shire Valley district of Southern Malawi. Lessons culminated in the distribution of washable sanitary pads and underwear to girls and boys, as both items are expensive and difficult to find.

Culford Lower Sixth pupils also assisted in a reforestation project organised at their project base, Fisherman’s Rest. They fixed a borehole and visited their link orphanage in the Bangula district. Having given blood, the group were invited to share their experiences live on Malawi TV which was a memorable experience for the entire team. 

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“Going to Malawi was a life changing experience for me, no question. Afterwards I absolutely knew that I wanted to go and become a teacher.”

Sixth Form Pupil

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