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Canford School


Address: Wimborne, Dorset BH21 3AD
Website: canford.com
Founded: 1923
Number of Pupils: 387 boys, 275 girls
Ages: 13–18
Fees: (termly) boarding, £13,130; day, £9,995
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, Director of Admissions; 01202 847207
Email: [email protected]
School Visits: Open days: 9 Oct 2021 and 7 May 2022. 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 has a fine reputation for academic rigour and high achievement in external exams, and there is an extensive academic enrichment programme across all year groups which develops minds way beyond the confines of any syllabus.

Games & The Arts

Over 30 different sports and activities for every level. 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 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.  Heads of Wellbeing lead an extensive programme to promote positive mental and physical health.

University Places

 Over 95 per cent of leavers move on to university. 80 per cent of all university offers in 2020/21 were for Russell Group/Sunday Times Top 12 institutions. Over 100 places at Medical Schools in the past decade. Recent degree apprenticeships with PwC, Accenture and Goldman Sachs. An international SAT testing centre.

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 our vision for all to ‘Explore, Express and Excel’.

Outstanding Characteristics

Finalist in TES Awards for 4 consecutive years, Tatler Public School of the Year 2019, Boarding School of the Year 2018 (Independent School Parent), one of only seven independent schools to fully sponsor an Academy – The Bourne Academy. Global links with schools in Rajasthan and Princeton, USA, outreach in India, Cambodia and Ghana alongside 30+ community projects in the UK.



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