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Age Range & Fees

Age Range13 to 18
Annual Day Fees *£29985 to £29985
Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *£0 to £0
Annual Full Boarding Fees *£39390 to £39390
* Currency: GB Pound

Number of Pupils

Boys Girls
144Day93
240Full Boarding178
0Weekly Boarding0
384Total271

Number of Staff

Full-time: 80
Part-time: 28

GCSE Pass Rate - Age 16

Pass Rate - Age 18

Exams at age 18

Higher Education

Pupils who went on to Higher Education
Head Photo

Ben Vessey


Set in 250 acres of landscaped parkland on the outskirts of Wimborne in Dorset, rated 'Among the top 10 most beautiful schools' by The Daily Telegraph, Canford is an inspirational place to live and study. The high quality of its education has been recognised through numerous national industry awards, including 'Tatler Public School of the Year 2019/20','Independent School Parent Boarding School of the Year 2018/19' and a finalist in the TES Awards for three consecutive years including 'Senior School of the Year' and 'Community Partnerships' work. It has established a commanding reputation built on its excellent academic record and fresh lively approach.

The school has celebrated consecutive years of high academic achievement with over 20% of all grades A*, around 50% at A*/A at A level and half of all candidates gaining an average of straight As or better, compared with the picture nationally, where the trend has been downwards in percentage top grades. Outcomes are impressive, with over 95% of Canfordians moving on to University each year with 92 Oxbridge offers in the past decade, and over 100 places for highly competitive Medical Schools and for Veterinary Science. Over 80% of all offers have been to institutions in the Russell Group/Sunday Times Top 12 in recent years.

Alongside the overall high quality educational offering, emphasis is placed on individual development; Canford is ambitious for its pupils in all aspects and provides all the academic, emotional and spiritual support pupils need to reach their potential across their school lives. The school vision is for pupils to 'Explore, Express and Excel' across all aspects of school life within a warm and supportive school Community, and 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". With a culture which encourages participation and hard work, breadth and excellence jostle to good effect. 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.

Around 40 scholarships each year for academic excellence or talent in Art, Design Technology, Drama, Music or Sport. Means tested bursaries worth up to 100% of fees.

Read the latest inspections and independent reviews at https://www.canford.com/prospective-parents/about-the-school/policies-inspections-and-reviews

What we offer

  • Business studies
  • Classics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Design Technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Economics
  • Government/Politics
  • ICT
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Theology
  • Ancient Greek
  • Chinese
  • Chinese - Mandarin
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-Country
  • Fitness Training
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial Arts
  • Netball
  • Rugby
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Touch Rugby
  • Volleyball
  • Water Sports
  • Adventure Training
  • Ballet
  • Cadets
  • Canoeing
  • Chess
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • First Aid/Life Savers
  • Fishing
  • Language Club
  • Orienteering
  • Public Speaking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Shooting
  • Skiing
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Brass
  • Choir
  • Corps of drums
  • Guitar
  • Jazz
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Percussion
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Armed Forces Children
  • Diplomatic Children
  • Expatriate Children
  • Gifted Children
  • International Students
  • Rail Services
  • School Bus Service
  • Special Diets
  • Hearing
  • Dyslexia
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Method of Entry

  • Assessment
  • Common Entrance
  • Entry test or exam
  • GCSE results
  • Interview
  • Report from previous school
  • References

Scholarships & Bursaries

  • Bursaries
  • Clergy/Ministers
  • Drama
  • Academic
  • Armed forces discounts or bursaries
  • Art
  • Siblings
  • Music
  • Financial Assistance
  • Scholarships - Other
  • Sixth Form
  • Science
  • Sport
  • Assisted Places

Curriculum and Exams:

  • A Level - Advanced Level Examinations
  • Trinity College Music Exams
  • Trinity Guildhall Speech and Drama Exams

Religious Affiliation:

  • Church of England


Teaching Languages:

  • English
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