Why Culford Prep?

Culford Prep is an exciting place for children aged 7 to 13 to foster an enthusiasm for learning, develop their talents and find new ones. Set in 480 acres of Suffolk parkland, centred on the Prep School quad and surrounded by playing fields, the children also benefit from all the facilities of a much larger school with its £2.2million Library and superb Sports and Tennis Centre.

Developing Confidence and a Love of Learning

A Common Room of highly experienced teachers, coupled with excellent pastoral care and outstanding facilities, ensures that children are encouraged make the most of the exciting array of opportunities on offer at Culford Prep. There are specialist teachers for science, French, art, design technology, music and sport and an extensive programme of activities and clubs enables children to try new things, develop new passions and gain enormous confidence.

Excellent Boarding and Happy Children

Boarding at Culford can begin from age 7 through to 13, and a tight knit community of some 50 children are based at Cadogan House, where there are separate dormitories for boys and girls with several common rooms and lounges where children can play and relax.

Children describe boarding at Culford Prep as “one big sleepover” and we ensure that fun and enjoyment are at the heart of a safe, secure and caring boarding family, rated by the Independent Schools Inspectorate as ‘Excellent’ in 2014/15.

Flexibility for Busy Families: Stay Late for Free!

Prep pupils can also make use of our extended day provision with a Breakfast Club from 7.30am and may stay until 19.00 free of charge, or until 20.00 for a small fee. Part boarding (a termly commitment to board 2 to 3 nights per week) or occassional boarding (one-off sleepovers) are also available. To find out more about these options, please click here. 

Culford also offers several daily bus routes in the Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket, Sudbury, Stowmarket and Ipswich area, as well two express shuttle services direct from Cambridge and Norwich.

Scholarships, Exhibitions and Bursaries

Culford has a longstanding tradition of offering Scholarships and Exhibitions to recognise and encourage pupils who show real talent and potential. Prep scholarship examinations and assessments take place in January/February each year. Find out more here.

Means tested bursaries are also available at Culford to assist children who may not otherwise be able to attend the school. 

Visit Us

Our website and prospectus will give you a flavour of what Culford has to offer but it is no substitute for coming to visit us. You are warmly invited to visit at a time convenient to you to meet the Head and other members of staff and to enjoy a comprehensive tour of the Prep School. We also hold Open Mornings every term and taster sessions may also be arranged.

We hope you will choose to visit Culford Prep School soon; you will receive a very warm welcome. Contact our Admissions team on +44 (0)1284 385308 or email admissions@culford.co.uk or fill in our online form.