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Canford School

Address: Wimborne, Dorset BH21 3AD
Founded: 1923
Number of Pupils: 375 boys, 265 girls
Fees: Boarding per term £12,140; day per term £9,241
Ages: 13–18
Head Teacher: Ben Vessey MA
Religious Affiliation: Church of England
Entrance Procedure: At 13+, pre-assessment in Year 7 leading to Common Entrance, scholarship or our own entry tests in Year 8. At 16+, scholarship or our own entry tests in the autumn of Year 11.
Contact: Mike Owen, Registrar, 01202 847207
Email: [email protected]
School Visits: Open Days: 27 April and 5 October 2019. Personal visits also welcome – please contact the admissions office.

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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. Canford was among the top 25 co-ed boarding schools for A*/A A Level results in recent years ( and has been Runner up Public School of the Year twice in three years (Tatler).

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.

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 per cent of our upper sixth pupils move on to university with 80 per cent to Russell Group/Top 12 universities plus US Ivy League scholarships and 100 medical school places in the past 11 years.

Percentage of Oxbridge Candidates

Around 30 per cent of the upper sixth apply each year. A strong record of success with 111 offers in the past decade.

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

Canford has a culture which encourages participation and hard work. Examination results lead the way in the region. It is an environment where pupils can truly flourish. Recent national recognition: ‘Best for School Setting’ by The Week; a top 100 cricket school according to The Cricketer; ‘Winner – Boarding School of the Year’ and ‘Finalist – Co-educational School of the Year’ by Independent School Parent.

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