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Canford School

Address: Wimborne, Dorset BH21 3AD
Founded: 1923
Number of Pupils: 387boys, 275 girls
Fees: Boarding per term £12,686; day per term £9,657
Ages: 13–18
Head Teacher: Ben Vessey MA
Religious Affiliation: Church of England
Entrance Procedure: At 13+, pre-assessment in Year 6 or Year 7, leading to Common Entrance, scholarship or our own
entry tests in Year 8.  At Sixth Form, scholarship or our own entry tests in the autumn of Year 11.
Contact: Susan Hogan, Registrar, 01202 847207
Email: [email protected]
School Visits: Open Days: 5 October 2019 and 25 April 2020. Personal visits also welcome – please contact the Admissions office to arrange.

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The Curriculum

The academic curriculum offers GCSEs, IGCSEs, A Levels and Pre-U qualifications. Canford is proud of its reputation for academic rigour and high achievement. There is an extensive academic enrichment programme across all year groups which develops minds way beyond the confines of any exam syllabus. 

Games & The Arts

Sport should be for all, and at Canford it is. Sports scholars receive additional specialist coaching, with regular England and GB representation. Art, music and drama thrive and are integral to school life, with co-curricular opportunities as well as academic choices. The school’s extensive Community Service programme promotes social responsibility, teamwork, resilience and leadership. Over 8,000 hours of Community Action were given by pupils to local, regional, national and international projects last year.

Pastoral Care

Ofsted rated the school ‘outstanding’ in its last inspection. ISI found the quality of pastoral care to be ‘excellent’ – the highest category – and a major strength of the school.

University Places

Over 95% of leavers move on to university. 86% of all university offers in 2018/19 were for Russell Group/Sunday Times Top 12 institutions. Over 100 places at Medical Schools in the past decade. Degree apprenticeships with PwC, Accenture and Goldman Sachs in past 2 years.

Percentage of Oxbridge Candidates

Around 30% of the Upper Sixth apply each year.  A strong record of success, with 96 places in the past decade, including a number of scholarships.

Head Teacher’s Philosophy

We are ambitious for our pupils and strive to ensure they recognise the coherence across and connections between their learning in all contexts. A key to our success is creating an expectation of personal achievement and ensuring the support is there to fulfil this.

Outstanding Characteristics

As one parent put it, ‘All members of the school community feel part of something special.’  Among the top 10 most beautiful schools in the country (Daily Telegraph), Boarding School of the Year 2018 (Independent School Parent) and one of only 7 independent schools to fully sponsor an Academy. Global links with schools in Rajasthan and Princeton, USA promote joint learning, with outreach in India, Argentina and Ghana alongside over 30 community projects in the UK.

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