Canford School

Canford School

Day Full Boarding Dorset

Canford is one of the country’s leading co-educational boarding schools. Set in over 250 acres of fine parkland on the banks of the River Stour, the school combines academic excellence with a broad and balanced curriculum. “Outstanding collections of As and A*s at GCSE, ditto at A level. Strong, as ever, on team games. Music stunning. High quality facilities put the school almost in a class by itself.” Good Schools Guide

Year Founded 1923
Religion Christian
Inspection Report
Charity Commission

Canford School has a total of 637 pupils, with 155 pupils in the Sixth Form.

Day pupil fees are from £8503, per term.

Boarding pupil fees are from £11171, per term.

132 Day Boys
(13- 18)
130 Day Girls
(13- 18)
240 Boarding Boys
(13- 18)
135 Boarding Girls
(13- 18)

About Canford School

Canford aims for its pupils to develop the qualities to live life to the full and to contribute richly to society. The environment is structured and yet allows them to grow as individuals through exposure to a very wide range of opportunities. Pupils are helped to develop a long-lasting love of learning and the first class examination results achieved in recent years are testament to this. Examination results match some of the most well-known independent schools in the country.  The school was ranked 5th among co-educational boarding schools in the UK at A level in 2014 by The Daily Telegraph. All pupils who want to go to University – currently over 95% - do, with 54 Oxbridge places in the past 5 years and over 100 to Medical Schools. Yet while academic work may be the ladder to universities and careers, it is equally a source of much pleasure and personal growth, regardless of ability. Breadth of opportunity is at the heart of a Canford education. Creativity and self-discovery are fostered through a range of extra-curricular activities. The list is extensive – whether your interest is in bee keeping, drama, fencing, CCF, sculpture or canoeing, the opportunities are there to be explored. Canford is run as a seven day a week boarding school. There is no weekly boarding.  70% of pupils board, with day pupils benefitting from the provision a boarding school offers. On average nearly 70% of boarders stay in at weekends, but they can go home for a proportion, not all, of Saturday nights each term if they wish to.  Canford's recent Ofsted Inspection rated the school as Outstanding in all areas, with no recommendations for improvement.

Admissions Process

At 13+ entry, pre-assessment in Year 6 or Year 7 leading to a conditional place in Year 9 subject to either Common Entrance in Year 8 or for those pupils not at schools which offer Common Entrance, the Canford Entrance Test. Around 30 places are offered each year for Sixth Form entry, where pre-assessment takes place at the school in the Autumn of Year 11.



News from Canford School

Forthcoming Open Days

  • Open Day

    9:30 -13:00

    See our award winning education in action at our Open Day. Meet the Headmaster and senior staff, take a pupil guided tour and visit houses and departments. Plenty of activities for children. Refreshments available throughout the morning plus lunch. Separate event at 12 noon for those interested in Sixth Form entry. For more details