Head of Culford School says ability to evaluate is more vital than ever

Culford School's headmaster Julian Johnson-Munday with guest of honour Air Marshal Sir David Walker , head boy James Barley and head girl Natasha Day.
Culford School's headmaster Julian Johnson-Munday with guest of honour Air Marshal Sir David Walker , head boy James Barley and head girl Natasha Day.

The importance of preparing young people to criticise and evaluate information is now more vital than just knowing things, the headmaster of Culford School has said.

In his report to the school speech day, headmaster Julian Johnson-Munday reflected on the speed of change students face.

He said: “From Donald Trump to Brexit, change is all around and there is no sign of things slowing down.

“All too often schools focus upon ideas designed to appeal to today’s market, not truly address an uncertain educational future.

“In a world of fake news and information overload, the ability to criticise, evaluate and reach a rational conclusion is far more vital than merely knowing things.

“We believe that our values of flexibility, innovation, dynamism and resilience will deliver robust, happy, balanced people fit to embrace the modern age.

“If we foster these values in our pupils, we will empower them to grasp whatever the world offers.”

The day-long event celebrated Culford Senior School pupils’ achievements and showcased their work and extra-curricular activities. Guest of Honour Air Marshal Sir David Walker, director at Alexander Mann Solutions and Auticon, presented prizes and delivered a speech to the 600 guests.

The school’s sporting excellence was also showcased, with cricket, golf, netball and tennis competitions as well as a tug of war that featured teams from the Culford Cadet Force.

The ‘Campaign of Culford’ development plans were also on show, which included the reimagining of the school’s main art studio.

The day concluded with strawberries and cream teas on the School’s South Front of Culford Hall.