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Culford School

The present day Culford Hall is a listed historical building. It has been altered at different times in its history. The Hall is presently set within 480 acres of a beautiful Grade I listed park, designed by Sir Humphrey Repton

On the death of the 6th Earl Cadogan, Culford Hall was put up for sale and subsequently bought by the Methodist Board of Education in 1935 to become the new site for its East Anglian School for Boys, which had previously been located in Bury St Edmunds.

In 1972 Culford became one of the UK’s first co-educational boarding and day schools, when the pupils from The East Anglian School for Girls joined the boys. The Cadogan family retain their links with Culford today. The Rt Hon Viscount Chelsea is the school’s Patron.

Culford School Today

Today, Culford School provides an education to over 750 boys and girls from age 1 to 18, to make them ready for life. Boarding is available from age 7 and in the Senior School more than half the children are boarders, the majority coming from East Anglia and the London area. Culford is proud of its outstanding pastoral care and for our pupils’ superb academic and extra-curricular achievements.

To make children ready for life means developing them into flexible, innovative, dynamic and resilient young adults. The first three are key values in a world in which change is the only constant; and young adults also need to learn resilience as failures and setbacks sometimes lead to our greatest successes.

To provide the right environment we demand the same attributes from ourselves as a school and as teachers, modelling the values we want pupils to learn. In line with our Christian ethos and Methodist foundation, we also seek to model the honesty to learn from our own flaws whilst treating others with compassion.

Admissions contact
Boys / Co-Ed / Girls

Day and Boarding

Age range

1-18 years

Type of exam

In house session

Pre-Prep 4-7 years:
Taster morning with informal assessment in reading, writing and numeracy skills.
Prep: 7-11 years:
ISEB online for 11+sx

Senior: 11-16 years
6 full GSCE or IGCSE passes at grades 5 or above plus written personal statement plus examination

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