Culford is an independent boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 13 to 18 years, set in over 480 acres of stunning Suffolk parkland near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. The School was judged ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED and ISI in boarding and pastoral care and provides an education which is 'challenging, enriching and fun'.
About the school
Situated within beautiful parkland just three miles from Bury St Edmunds, Culford School is a co-educational boarding and day school providing exceptional academic and sports facilities for pupils aged 13 to 18. Rated outstanding by both OFSTED and ISI, we are renowned for having a unique sense of community which enriches the minds of our pupils, and creates an academic environment that develops the potential of every individual. Senior School and Sixth Form is for pupils aged 13 to 18 years; before that pupils may enter the Prep School for 12 to seven year olds, and the Pre-Prep and Nursery for rising threes to six year olds. Our philosophy is to provide a well-rounded education which shapes the minds and lives of our pupils both today, and for the future. To accomplish this goal we have invested in the very best facilities so every child can embrace academia in an inspirational and nurturing setting, and achieve qualifications of the highest standards. Understanding that a healthy body is just as important as a healthy mind, we also have a state-of-the-art sports and tennis centre which enables children to pursue a wealth of sporting activities, and develop a competitive and disciplined approach to life. Contact Culford School today to give your child the very best foundation for the future; an education which is challenging, enriching and fun.
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Culford kicks-off new football academy with Ipswich Town FC
Culford School has launched a new Football Academy in partnership with Ipswich Town Football Club.
16th May 2018 — The academy will be led by former Republic of Ireland international Alan Lee. A leading coach at Ipswich Town, Alan is a UEFA ‘A’ and FA Advanced Youth Licensed coach.
Head of Football Alan Lee said: “I am extremely excited by the prospect of leading this new academy and helping pupils realise their footballing ambitions.”
“The academy is about football and education; pupils can combine their academic studies and receive the same benefits that a player would get at a premier league football academy.”
The innovative football academy, which will start at the Bury St Edmunds boarding school in September, sees academic studies combine with the footballing ambitions of boys and girls.
This tailored approach, together with the excellent pastoral support provided by Culford teachers, will open opportunities into the professional and semi-professional game as well as scholarships to universities in the United States.
Headmaster Julian Johnson-Munday said: “We are very excited to introduce football to Culford with Ipswich Town, our partners. The success of our tennis and golf academies demonstrate that we are perfectly placed to launch such an exciting venture.”
"Bury St Edmunds is the second largest town in Suffolk and we are keen to do more in the area,” said ITFC Academy manager, Lee O’Neill.
"Culford have established academies in tennis and golf, excellent facilities and expertise that will naturally support a football programme.
With Alan's experience and achievements at the Academy, it will really help the whole area, developing players for the Club and our presence in Bury St Edmunds.
Alan will continue at ITFC, particularly as a specialist coach with Academy strikers."
Culford School named in the top 100 cricket schools
Culford School has been included in the Cricketer Magazine’s Top 100 Cricket Schools in the UK for 2018.
4th January 2018 — Culford School has been included in the Cricketer Magazine’s Top 100 Cricket Schools in the UK for 2018.
The boarding school is one of only three from Suffolk to be recognised.
The annual publication ‘The Playing Fields of England’ showcases the top 100 independent schools for cricket. The selection committee, chaired by former first class cricketer, Channel 5 analyst and Cricketer Magazine editor Simon Hughes.
Mr Hughes said: “We received a record 250 submissions this year, all of them worthy of inclusion in different ways, however we had to narrow the list down to determine the Top 100.”
“This was achieved by judging each entry against a set of carefully considered criteria set by The Cricketer.”
“It really is a great achievement to make it into this year’s guide,” he added.
Culford has had a long association with cricket and Josh Davey, is current professional playing for Somerset CCC and Scotland, and 16-year-old Alex Oxley, was the youngest cricketer to play for Suffolk since the Second World War last summer.
Cultural cricketers recognised in the listing include BBC football commentator and Old Culfordian John Motson.
Head of Culford’s Cricket Programme and Andy Northcote said: “We are delighted to be named amongst the Top 100 Cricket Schools in UK.”
“Our investment in cricket has seen Culford transform into a school that offers world-class coaching facilities.”
“Through these developments, we can transform every individual player and help them realise their potential,” he added.
Culford School has retained its top co-educational tennis school ranking for the second year in a row by the Lawn Tennis Association.
4th January 2018 — Culford School has retained its top co-educational tennis school ranking for the second year in a row by the Lawn Tennis Association.
The school has been recognised as the top school for boys and the second best school for girls.
The announcement comes after school teams finished runners-up at the national tennis finals in Bolton this weekend.
On route to the final, the boys defeated Repton 12-0 and Merchiston Castle 8-4. The girls’ team beat Manchester Grammar School 8-4 and Leicester 12-0.
On finals Sunday, the boys narrowly lost 4-2 to Bournemouth with Harry Wendelken and Luke Watson edged out on a tie-break in the final match. The girls battled hard in their game but lost 6-0 to a very strong Talbot Heath side.
2017 has also seen the U18 boys crowned national champions and the U18 girls finished in third place.
Head of School and Community Tennis, David Hall said: “All players were magnificent all weekend and should be very proud of their performances. To finish second in the national finals, which involves state and independent schools from across Great Britain, is a great achievement.”
Culford School senior pupils were challenged to explore gender in today’s world.
4th January 2018 — Culford School senior pupils were challenged to explore gender in today’s world.
During the ‘Gender in our modern world’ event on Saturday, the school hosted talks from multi award-winning fiction author Juno Dawson, who discussed the nature and role of gender and University of East Anglia’s Director of the Bachelor of Laws Programme, Polly Morgan who considered gender law. Former Culford pupil Melanie Okuneye of Goldman Sachs International returned to lead a discussion on the topic ‘Can I do that if I’m a girl?’
Polly Morgan enjoyed the morning with pupils and tweeted: “Lovely Saturday @culfordschool with @junodawson talking about gender in the real world. [I would be] very happy to host any Culfordians who want to explore what @uniofeastanglia and @uealaw have to offer.”
Sarah Haughey, Housemistress said: “The pupils found the event both immensely thought provoking and empowering. In a world where gender is increasingly hitting the front pages, it is important that we engage with our students to think and challenge the role of gender in society.”
Tim Henman serves tennis master class to Culford’s academy players
Culford School played host to Former British No 1 Tennis Star Tim Henman OBE this week, where he delivered a master class for members of the school’s high performance squad.
20th October 2017 — During the day, Tim supported coaching sessions with each of the Bury St Edmunds-based School high performance coaches followed by an insightful 90-minute Q&A session to sports scholars, parents and special guests. Tim also swapped the tennis racket for a golf club, where he took advantage of the school’s high specification golf studio.
Tim thoroughly enjoyed the event. He said: “Culford has a great set-up and the facilities on site means the children can combine their education with sport. There are plenty of players with a lot of potential and I’ve been focusing on getting them to engage mentally.”
Head of Tennis, James Yates said: “We are delighted that Tim returned to Culford giving advice to coaches and pupils. His insight into the requirements of the modern game were both informative and motivational to everyone involved and we hope that he found his visit as valuable as we did."
Culford School is the U18 Boys’ National Champions and ranked the top co-educational Tennis school in the UK by the Lawn Tennis Association. The school also boasts six Top 10 U11-U15 tennis players in the UK.
Culford School has become one of the first schools in the UK to adopt Cricket bat sensors to help improve pupil player technique.
5th October 2017 — The Suffolk boarding school’s high performance cricket programme has added the Zepp Power Sensor to its arsenal of coaching equipment aimed at developing and nurturing talent.
The sensor is a small device that fits inside a bat grip and determines the position, orientation and acceleration of a bat through its swing. It transmits data instantly after a shot is played and enables coaches to instantly provide analysis and feedback.
Italy International, Suffolk Head Coach and Culford Head of Cricket, Andrew Northcote said: “We are one of only a few schools in the country to use the sensor and it has already improved our understanding of the techniques of our players. We have seen the success of technology within our Tennis and Golf academies and we are keen to keep up with innovation.”
Culford School is constantly at the forefront of new technologies, being one of the few facilities in the world to have a Merlyn Spin Bowling machine. Pupils have benefitted from the School's dynamic approach to learning, including 16-year-old Alex Oxley, who became the youngest player since World War II to represent Suffolk 1st XI.