Canford School

Dorset
Boys (13 - 18)
Girls (13 - 18)
Day
Weekly Boarding
Full Boarding
Canford School

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

About the 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.  All pupils who want to go to University – currently over 95% - do, with 92 Oxbridge places and over 100 to Medical Schools in the past decade. 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.

Key Facts

  • Boys' Boarding: 236 (13 to 18)
  • Girls' Boarding: 176 (13 to 18)
  • Total Pupils: 656 (165 in Sixth Form)
  • Day Fees: £9657/term
  • Boarding Fees: £12686/term

Open Days

10th October, 9:30 - 13:00

Open Day

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.
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Scholarships, Bursaries & Fees

We offer scholarships for outstanding talent for 13+ and 16+ entry.   Means tested bursaries are available throughout the school and may be worth up to 100% of fees in cases of particular need.

Fees Information

Please visit www.canford.com/fees for more information about our fees, scholarships and bursaries

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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.  Please visit www.canford.com/admissions for more information.

Finding out more

Location
Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 3AD
Contact
01202 847207
Email Web

Key Facts

  • Boys' Boarding: 236 (13 to 18)
  • Girls' Boarding: 176 (13 to 18)
  • Total Pupils: 656 (165 in Sixth Form)
  • Day Fees: £9657/term
  • Boarding Fees: £12686/term
  • ISI Inspection Report

Open Days

10th October, 9:30 - 13:00

Open Day

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.
Find out more