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Canford School

Wimborne, Dorset, England

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Canford School

Wimborne, Dorset, England

Overview

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Founded in 1923 Canford is a traditional co-educational British boarding school with a mix of listed buildings and modern facilities set in 250 acres in Dorset, near to the New Forest National Park and Poole Harbour. It offers a safe and caring environment, a culture that encourages participation and hard work, high academic standards and co-curricular activities that complement classroom study. These factors combine to enable pupils to flourish and develop to the very best of their abilities.

At a glance

Age range: 13 to 18
Total no. of pupils: 634 / Boys: 372 / Girls: 262
Percentage of boarders: 70%
Percentage of International pupils: 9%
Pupils in Sixth Form: 284
Average class size: Senior school: 18 / Sixth Form: 10
Sixth Form termly boarding fee: 18/19 £12,140
Top 6 sports:
Boys: Rugby, Hockey, Rowing, Cricket, Tennis, Athletics
Girls: Hockey, Netball, Rowing, Tennis, Athletics, Lacrosse
Linked prep/junior school: No
Nearest major airports: Southampton (51km), Heathrow (137km)
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Academic

With over 50% of candidates achieving A*/A at A Level Canford has been at the forefront of co-educational boarding schools in SW England over a number of years. GCSE/iGCSEs, Pre-U and A Levels are offered, academic facilities are excellent and in 2011 the ISI judged the education provided as of “a very high quality”. Typically 80%+ of leavers go on to Ivy League/Russell Group universities, of which around 10 go to Oxford or Cambridge, aided by a well-established Oxbridge preparation programme.

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Boarding

Canford is a traditional 7-day-a-week school where the 7 boarding houses, each with 60-65 boarders, are small enough to enable pupils to feel well-known and big enough for personalities to flourish. Each house has a resident married housemaster/mistress ensuring continuity of care, whilst house tutors share responsibility for students’ welfare and academic progress. Extra-curricular opportunities are extensive, ranging from adventure training to Community Service both in the UK and overseas.

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Sports

Whilst pursuing excellence for top performers Canford believes that sport is for all, helping develop self-confidence, teamwork and a sense of achievement. All pupils are encouraged to participate and facilities include tennis and squash courts, a 9 hole golf course, 2 Astroturf pitches, a boathouse on a stretch of the river Stour bordering the grounds, a sports centre with indoor swimming pool and an historic Real Tennis court. Nearby Poole Harbour allows other watersports such as sailing.

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Creative arts

The Art department offers specialist teaching in different art disciplines spread across two buildings with an adjoining courtyard display area. The Music School has a 200 seat auditorium as well as individual practice rooms and classrooms and over half of students learn at least one instrument. The 300 seat Layard Theatre has a sophisticated lighting and sound system, hosting junior and senior school plays and a major annual musical production, recently including Kiss Me Kate and Evita.

Did you know?

  • Canford is one of only two schools in the country with an original historic Real Tennis court.
  • In 1992 an Assyrian frieze was discovered in the school tuck shop and eventually sold at Christie’s for over £7m.