Culford School Foundation is proud of the projects both large and small which we have successfully completed over the years with the support of our alumni and friends. These developments have contributed towards the academic and pastoral excellence at Culford, as well as to the upkeep of the historic buildings and beautiful 480 acre parkland estate in which we are situated.
Legacies Make A Difference
A generous legacy from a former matron, Mrs Thelma Fretter, enabled Culford Prep School to redesign and refurbish the music facilities of Cadogan Hall in 2016.
The classroom has new acoustics and lighting and is equipped with iPads. A superb facility, it encourages pupils to engage with music in new ways.
Right: Thelma Fretter's nephew, Mr David Bruce, and his wife Wendy at the opening event.
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Campaign for Culford: A New Library
Campaign for Culford's major fundraising project reached a milestone in September 2015 when our new £2.2million landmark Library was officially opened. The library was built by Suffolk-based Seamans Builders, whose MD is Duncan Haydon OC (1977-1986) and Culford parent. The beautiful wooden bookcases were designed, built and sponsored by local specialist joinery company TMJ Interiors, owned by Culford parents James and Clare Taylor. Almost exactly a year to the day that construction began, pupils, alumni, teachers and staff gathered outside the completed building to watch Old Culfordian and generous benefactor to the project, Professor Harry Watson (1949-1959) and his wife, Adrienne, cut the ribbon and declare the library officially open.
Headmaster Julian Johnson-Munday was keen to promote the Library as more than just a storage space for literature. He stressed that, “This stunning new building offers an inviting, light and open space for our pupils to go and study and a place where they can fulfil their potential as independent learners.” He praised the hard work of the Foundation team for overseeing the project and recognised the dedication shown by the alumni, parents and friends of the School who contributed more than £800,000 in donations, making the venture possible.
Workman Library is a 419-year-old, long, ground floor room on the western side of Culford Hall. The room is named in honour of Revd Dr Herbert Brook Workman (1862-1951) who was a great Methodist friend and ally of Culford. Of significant historical importance, the room became the Library for the School, however, once the number of Culford pupils had outgrown the room's capacity, Workman Library became less used and more worn by the passage of time.
With the support of The Old Culfordians Association and individual donors, substantial refurbishment work was undertaken on the Workman Library, as part of Campaign for Culford. The shelving has been restored, the room redecorated and re-carpeted, new books added and a family with children at the School have donated a stunning full size billiard table now installed in the room. Now the Workman Library is used as a reception room for guests and visitors and is open for events.
The William R Miller & Bristol-Myers Science Centre
Culford School Foundation funded the William H Miller and Bristol Myers Science Centre in 2002 with a generous £1 million gift from William Miller (OC 1940-1946). The Science Centre is a great facility with well equipped laboratories, excellent teaching spaces and all the necessary resources to inspire pupils.
"Funding the William R. Miller Science Centre was my family’s contribution to continuing the outstanding education that we received and that pupils today are receiving at this school."
William R Miller (OC 1940-1946)
Balustrade Work to Culford Hall
The Foundation helps to maintain the glorious Culford Hall and 480 acre parkland estate which surrounds the School. In 2012, a family trust generously supported the continuation of work on the south elevations of Culford Hall, enabling further restoration work to the roof and the balustrade work, with the new balustrades expertly crafted by specialist stonemasons.
The Studio Theatre
It is hard now to imagine Culford without the Studio Theatre, which has improved the quality of the Drama provision at the School immeasurably. This flexible space is used not only for theatre productions but also for seminars, workshops, gallery displays, presentations and all manner of House concerts and activities. The Studio Theatre was funded by Old Culfordian, David Beech (OC 1947-51), and his wife, Judy.
"I believe I owe more to my time at Culford even than to my university years in preparing for later life...We were delighted to be able to help the School in the development of the Studio Theatre and the Music School"
David Beech (OC 1947-1951)
Working with Trusts
The Foundation approaches Trusts for funds to enable further developments at the School and the preservation and restoration of our historic buildings.
Historic Mathematical Tiling
English Heritage and the Garfield-Weston Foundation helped the Foundation with funding to make repairs to the mathematical tiling on one of the walls on the south elevation of Culford Hall. This technique, normally found in the south-eastern corner of England from the 18th and early 19th centuries, uses tiles fixed onto bricks to give a decorative effect. The tiles are now in excellent condition.
Built with a grant from the Garfield-Weston Foundation in 2003, Weston Hall is a multi-purpose assembly hall for the Pre-Prep School at Fieldgate House. The Hall has proved invaluable and is the centre of activity at the School: it is a place where the whole Pre-Prep can meet for assemblies and is the setting for drama performances and music recitals, as well as for games, dance and sports lessons.