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The only boarding school in the area, with around 40 pupils, age 7+, utilising the flexi and full options (no weekly boarding, although some full boarders go home for weekends). Boarders come from across the UK, as well as Spain, India, Thailand, Japan. Good behaviour is ‘just expected,’ say pupils, who are shown the way by way of ‘benefecits and malefecits’ – and, as a result, are ‘conscientious, polite, respectful and organised,’ according to parents (many Old Culfordians). No prefects, but head boy and girl each has a deputy, and there are…

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Since 2019, Claire Bentley MEd. Studied English and education at UWE, her mind set on a teaching career. Began teaching English while developing her experience in boarding. Arriving at Culford Prep as deputy head academic in 2014, she quickly progressed to deputy head and then the top job.

Fast-talking and businesslike, she gets things done and doesn’t let the grass grow. One of her first tasks was to build numbers, which she has done by 30 per cent, adding extra classes rather than enlarging them – ‘We’re now the perfect size.’ She has done away with Common Entrance (‘We don’t need it’) and launched an enhanced curriculum - ‘It’s the best of KS3 and CE with an emphasis on being creative: the taught curriculum plus opportunities for catch-up, consolidation, reading and...

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Special Education Needs

We are an independent selective school that has a very clear academic emphasis. We aim to meet individual needs within a mainstream setting through the delivery of a differentiated curriculum. We have pupils with SEN. Mild dyslexia; mild dyspraxia and mild dyscalculia are the most common difficulties. We do not have a dedicated SEN unit but we do have fully qualified specialist staff who provide learning support lessons on a withdrawal basis.

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