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  • Culford School
    Culford
    Bury St Edmunds
    Suffolk
    IP28 6TX
  • Head: Mr Julian Johnson-Munday
  • T 01284 385308
  • F 01284 385513
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.culford.co.uk
  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 1 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Suffolk
  • Pupils: 729; 281 boarders; sixth formers: 147
  • Religion: Methodist
  • Fees: Day £8,700 - £18,990; Boarding £24,645 - £29,340 pa
  • Open days: October, November, March and May. Individual visits at any time, by appointment.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

The ‘Culford bubble’ that parents and staff talk about is suddenly apparent. Easy to forget there is an outside world whilst cocooned in this cornucopia of beauty. School well aware of this, as are pupils, who appreciate how lucky they are. Sport is king at this school, particularly tennis. Rated the best co-educational school in the country for tennis by the LTA, Culford attracts pupils from all over the world because of it. One of the first genuinely co-ed boarding schools in the country...

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What the school says...

Culford is an HMC co-educational school with an 'Oustanding' Ofsted rating. Boarding is available from age 7 and the School is set in 480 acres of beautiful Suffolk parkland with a magnificent 18th century mansion at its centre. Recent developments include: boarding house refurbishment; new ICT suites; a multi-media language suite; an indoor climbing wall; Studio Theatre; championship-standard indoor tennis centre with high performance coaching. A multi-million pound new library opened in September 2015. Culford now offers specialist hockey, rugby, swimming and tennis scholarships, as well as Academic, Art, Design, Drama, Music and Sports awards. ...Read more

What the parents say...

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Boys taking German at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)

Other features

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmaster

Since 2004, Julian Johnson-Munday (50s). MA in English at Leicester followed by MBA at Durham. Toyed with joining the advertising industry but ended up at Cranleigh, where he became hooked on teaching. Rose through the ranks to be a housemaster, ‘the best job in the world,’ headed to London (Mill Hill) but decided a small rural boarding school ‘where I knew all the children’ was for him. Very settled at Culford and well liked by parents and pupils. Accompanied everywhere by his two dogs, ‘they slow the children down,’ who are greeted with enthusiasm by pupils, parents and staff.  ‘He has a lovely way about him,’ said one parent. ‘Very paternalistic and knows the children.’ 

You can tell he did English: slightly dramatic, very witty, warm, possibly a bit of a luvvie, who we imagine enjoys...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Special Education Needs

We are an independent selective school that has a very clear academic emphasis. We do 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. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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