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  • Culford School
    Bury St Edmunds
    IP28 6TX
  • Head: Mr Julian Johnson-Munday
  • T 01284 385308
  • F 01284 385513
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  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 3 to 18
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Suffolk
  • Pupils: 601
  • Religion: Methodist
  • Fees: Day £8,610 - £18,450; Boarding £21,585 - £28,484 pa
  • Open days: October, November, March and May. Individual visits at any time, by appointment.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

Unhurried, almost relaxed air about the school. Excellent staff/pupil relationships, plenty of banter, easy but respectful. Headmaster greets pupils by name. Girls’ uniform, featuring an ankle length pleated skirt, could be a turn-off for some, though we were told by pupils that it is ‘comfortable and cool in summer.’ Parents describe the school as a ‘hidden gem...’

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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

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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


Since 2004, Mr Julian Johnson-Munday (late 40s). Educated at Norwich School and Leicester University, where he read English. Previously housemaster at Cranleigh and deputy head of Mill Hill (during his tenure he studied for an MBA at Durham). Unpompous, affable manner but makes no bones about the clear direction of the school and the setting of targets for staff and pupils. Is intent on raising the school’s profile and has overseen a busy programme of building. Seeks to maintain and support the school’s boarding provision (currently nearly 50 per cent) and is not enamoured with flexi boarding options, as he believes this could compromise a vital spark of the school. His wife, Jo, is the school’s marketing and foundation director and they have one son.

Head of prep school Mr Michael...

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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 Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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
Not Applicable
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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