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Canford School, Dorset

School Details
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United Kingdom,
BH21 3AD

Tel: +44 1202 847207
Fax: +44 1202 881009

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Mr B A M Vessey

Mr M A Owen

Accreditations and affiliations:
Religious affiliation:
Church of England
Teaching languages:
Age Range & Fees
13 - 18
Day Fees
Annual Weekly
Boarding Fees
Annual Full
Boarding Fees
Number of Pupils
School Boy
School Girl
Full board
Number of Staff
Full Time
Part Time
GCSE Pass Rate - age 16
At Grades A* to C
Pass Rate - age 18
courses are offered for age 18 exams
Higher Education
Pupils who went on to Higher Education or took Gap Year

Method of Entry:

Please apply to school, Assessment, Common Entrance, Scholarship or bursary exam, Entry test or exam, Interview, Scholarship exam, Report from previous school, GCSE results, References

Scholarships & Bursaries:

Sport, Art, Academic, CDT, 6th Form, Music, Siblings, Drama, Other scholarships, Senior school entry, Armed forces discounts or bursaries, Boarding, Means tested assisted places, Means tested bursaries, Science, Clergy/Ministers, Financial need, Other bursaries

What we offer

  • Theology
  • Economics
  • Drama/Theatre
  • ICT
  • Classics
  • Design technology
  • Business studies
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Government/Politics
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Critical thinking
  • French
  • English
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Mandarin
  • German
  • Ancient Greek
  • Chinese
  • Lacrosse
  • Badminton
  • Fitness training
  • Athletics
  • Netball
  • Cricket
  • Gymnastics
  • Tennis
  • Swimming
  • Squash
  • Rugby
  • Martial arts
  • Hockey
  • Golf
  • Football
  • Cross-country
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Table tennis
  • Touch rugby
  • Water sports
  • Archery
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Dance
  • Drama productions
  • Adventure training
  • Shooting
  • Ballet
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Chess
  • Scuba diving
  • Fishing
  • Skiing
  • Cadets - CCF/ACF/ATC etc
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Canoeing
  • First aid/life savers
  • Language club
  • Orienteering
  • Rock climbing
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Brass
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Percussion
  • Corps of drums
  • Jazz
  • School bus service
  • Particular diets
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Rail/Airport services
  • Experience of diplomatic corps' children
  • Experience of services' children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Vegetarian
  • Hearing Impairment (HI)
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)

School Video

Head PhotoSet in 250 acres of landscaped parkland on the outskirts of the market town of Wimborne in Dorset, Canford is an inspirational place to live and study.

Canford offers its pupils so many opportunities both within and outside the classroom. Emphasis is placed on individual development in all areas; Canford is ambitious for its pupils and exam results are excellent but the School also provides all the academic, emotional and spiritual support pupils need to reach their potential in all areas of their school life. The recent Independent Schools Inspectorate report said that "pupils' learning and achievements in their academic courses and in games and co-curricular activities are outstanding". Canford has celebrated consecutive years of excellence with over 20% of all grades A* at A level and half of all candidates gaining an average of straight As or better.

Canford's results are impressive compared with the picture nationally, where the trend has been downwards in percentage top grades.

Over 95% of Canfordians move on to University each year, mainly to those in the Russell Group. Oxbridge entrance success is impressive, with 102 offers in the past decade, and over 100 places for highly competitive Medical Schools and for Veterinary Science.

Canford has established a commanding reputation built on its excellent academic record and fresh lively approach. Nearly 40 scholarships are offered each year for academic excellence or for talent in Art, Design Technology, Drama, Music or Sport.

With a culture which encourages participation and hard work, breadth and excellence jostle to good effect here. Many clubs and societies, educational trips and facilities give pupils the opportunity to develop strong personal qualities as well as lifelong skills and enthusiasms. Leadership within the school is seen in terms of service. Canford regards service as a natural dimension of learning. The pleasure and enthusiasm with which Canfordians embrace community service, as well as care for each other, is one of its proudest achievements.

Pastoral care is based on the house system, which provides the continuity and security in a pupil's life within which personal development can take place. The houses consist of 60 or so pupils, large enough to create a varied and challenging community, small enough to promote a sense of belonging. Above all else, the house is home. Pupils remain in the house unit throughout their time at the school, learning from each other and taking on different roles as they move up the year groups.

Canford's key to success is creating an expectation of excellence and then ensuring that there is the support and route to receive it. Canford continues to think long term, giving pupils attitudes and skills to last them all their lives. It is rare to find a Canfordian who is a narrow specialist and that, of course, makes them all the more interesting.
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