Culford Prep School aims to give our pupils a memorable education through which they can develop and thrive. The Prep School offers a highly individualised, supportive learning journey that is challenging, enriching and fun, which equips children for a lifetime of learning and gives them the best possible start.

Teaching & Learning: Lower Prep (Years 3, 4 and 5)

Culford Prep School Teacher and class

In Culford's Lower Prep we combine an academic curriculum with very high quality teaching and plenty of creative opportunities.  Lower Prep pupils are in one of two mixed ability classes. Class sizes are deliberately kept small so that pupils' progress can be carefully monitored and opportunities and issues addressed.

Typically about half of your child's lessons will be with the class teacher, but there is specialist teaching for science, French, art and design technology from the start. The children have access to the impressive music and sports facilities at Culford School. In the first year your child will be set according to ability for mathematics; lower sets are small so that individual attention to numeracy skills can be given.

Teaching & Learning: Upper Prep (Years 6, 7 and 8)

In Culford's Upper Prep all teaching is carried out by subject specialists and there is some streaming to enable us to support the less able and to stretch the most gifted pupils.

Individual pupil progress is monitored closely and pupils take internal examinations in the autumn and summer terms. Subject teachers and form tutors work together so that all pupils are stretched and supported and we constantly seek to build strong partnerships between pupils, parents and teachers.  Assessment Grades are provided to parents at each half term with written reports at the end of the autumn and summer terms. Parents are encouraged to attend Parents' Evenings to discuss children’s progress with individual teachers.

All pupils are thoroughly prepared for progression to Culford Senior School at 13+ and there is a high level of liaison between the two schools to ensure that the transition is seamless. Children are well prepared for our Common Entrance Examinations, which they sit in the Summer Term of Upper Third (Year 8). They then participate in a dynamic and varied post-Common Entrance Programme which broadens their education and prepares them for senior school life and learning.