Joining Culford

We are delighted you are considering Culford as a school for your child. Applications for all schools are dealt with by our Admissions team. Please contact us on  00 44 (0)1284 385308 or email: Places are normally offered by entrance assessment or examination, dependent on your child’s age, interview and reference from your child’s previous school, where applicable.

Availability of Places

The majority of pupils will join Culford at the start of the academic year in September, although enquiries can be made at any time and, providing places are available, children may join throughout the year.

How to Apply

Please contact the Admissions team in the first instance to check on the availability of places. They will send you our Information for Applicants brochure, prospectus and registration form or you can download them via the links on this page, as the applications procedure differs slightly for each school, with the ages below:

  • Nursery (for ages 1-4)
  • Pre-Prep (for ages 4-7)
  • Prep (for ages 7-13)
  • Senior (for ages 13-16)
  • Sixth Form (for ages 16-18)

New Entrance Test

We have changed the entrance process for prospective pupils to make the experience less stressful for your child, with the results provided within a week. Entrance exams are completed individually in a friendly atmosphere with breaks and snacks provided.

Key Dates
Individual Entrance Examinations Ongoing, throughout the year
Culford Discovery Day (Year 9 entry only) Friday 18 January 2019

Register Your Child

Once you register your child for a place at Culford, you will receive regular updates and details about upcoming events, assessments and any relevant examinations, as well as any scholarships which you may have applied for. Registration means that your child is registered for entry to our School. Offers can only be made once a child is registered, has successfully completed any required assessments and, where appropriate, references from your child’s previous school have been received.

Convenient Bus Routes

Culford offers several daily bus routes in the Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket, Sudbury, Stowmarket and Ipswich area, as well two Shuttle Bus routes directly from Cambridge and Norwich. Read more about the routes and find timetables here.

Distinctive Uniform

Culford’s uniform is one of our distinctive hallmarks and enables even the youngest children to take pride in their appearance and their school. A complete uniform list is sent to you in advance of your child’s first term, and is also available to read online by clicking here.

International Pupils

Young people of all nationalities are welcome at Culford School, with boarding places available from age 7, all gaining a fantastic British boarding school experience. Approximately 18% of pupils at Culford come from overseas to board each year. Find out about international pupils boarding here.

Some pupils come to Culford for full-time courses and others join Culford for just one year as part of the International Programme. Occasionally one term places may be available; please enquire with the Admissions team. Read more about International Programme here.