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Canford
Canford
Canford
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Canford Wimborne, Dorset Visit
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Canford
Wimborne
660 pupils, ages 13-18
Mixed
Day and Boarding

Canford

Despite its magnificent setting and illustrious history, there is no sense of privilege or entitlement at this 100-year-old school in the beautiful Dorset countryside. Pupils are friendly, down-to-earth and outward-looking, happy in their own skin and modest about their achievements – even though there would be much to brag about, from ace exam results to stellar performances on the playing field and stage. It’s no wonder waiting lists are growing – this is a senior boarding school with serious game, turning out wonderfully grounded young men and women with a real awarene...
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Canford pupils in white shirts all studying at laptops sitting on red chairs
Actors on stage in a drama performance with a bed and curtains
Rugby players playing a lineout wearing blue and red tops
Boys and girls sitting outside on the grass with their teacher
Boys in navy tracksuits on mountain bikes
Two people in blue jackets and gloves and poles standing up a snowy mountain
Boys on a banana on the water in yellow skullcaps
Boy on the catwalk at a fashion show
Aerial view of Canford School
Pupils playing musical instruments outside
Boys sailing wearing faded red life jackets with a blue sail
External images of Canford School
  • Academic results

  • Subjects offered

  • Fees and bursaries

    Day fees per term

    Year 7-
    Year 8 -
    Year 9 £11,497
    Year 10£11,497
    Year 11£11,497
    Year 12£11,497
    Year 13£11,497
    Boarding fees per term

    Year 7-
    Year 8 -
    Year 9 £15,173
    Year 10 £15,173
    Year 11£15,173
    Year 12£15,173
    Year 13£15,173




    Bursaries
    The school is committed to broadening access for prospective parents and to supporting current families. At present, over £1.4 million is offered each year in financial assistance, and at least 35 pupils currently benefit from bursary support of at least 75 per cent. Means-tested bursaries are available to those who can demonstrate a genuine need for support, and can be worth up to 100 per cent of school fees and extras. Pupils who have been awarded a scholarship may also be eligible for additional help with school fees in the form of a means-tested bursary. Additional awards are also available for children of parents serving in HM Armed Forces or the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office.

    Bursary contact:
    Director of Admissions Susan Hogan
    admissions@canford.com
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School Updates

  • Music success in Eurovision Young Musicians 2024

    Many congratulations to Fifth Form pupil, Hugo, on being selected to represent Sweden at Eurovision Young Musicians 2024 in Bodø, Norway on Saturday 17th August 2024.
    Music success in Eurovision Young Musicians 2024
  • Canford ranks Top Co-ed Independent at A Level in Sunday Times Parent Power 2024

    Canford has once again ranked the Number 1 co-educational independent secondary school in the South West for A Level results in this year's Sunday Times Parent Power report.
    Canford ranks Top Co-ed Independent at A Level in Sunday Times Parent Power 2024
  • Canford - An Award Winning Education

    We are delighted to start the new academic year continuing success stories in our Centenary year, with a record school roll of 662 pupils, and selection in national and regional awards for Canford’s high quality educational experience.
    Canford - An Award Winning Education
  • A Level Results 2023

    Canford significantly outperforms both independent schools sector and nationally
    A Level Results 2023
  • School Centenary marked with a Proms in the Park celebration

    On Sunday 25th June, over 2,200 past and present pupils, staff, families, members of the local community and other friends associated with Canford gathered for a ‘Proms in the Park’ Garden Party to mark the school’s centenary year.
    School Centenary marked with a Proms in the Park celebration
  • Over 550 university offers plus prestigious degree apprenticeships

    With all applications to university and higher education now completed, we hugely congratulate the 160 Canfordians who have in total received 582 offers this year, 81% of which are to Russell Group/Sunday Times Top 12 institutions in the UK.
    Over 550 university offers plus prestigious degree apprenticeships
  • Success for Canford Cricket at National and International Levels

    Canford cricket is having one of its most successful seasons which is a wonderful tribute to the sport at the school during our historic Centenary year.
    Success for Canford Cricket at National and International Levels
  • WATCH: Canford School Centenary Film 'Always a Canfordian'

    WATCH: Canford School Centenary Film 'Always a Canfordian'
  • Canford ranked 4th in Sunday Times Parent Power 2022 and 2nd for A Level performance

    Canford School has been recognised among the top schools in the country for pupil outcomes in A Level and GCSE examinations 2022 in the latest Times Parent Power report.
    Canford ranked 4th in Sunday Times Parent Power 2022 and 2nd for A Level  performance
  • See Canford in our Senior Boarding Schools Guide

    See Canford in our Senior Boarding Schools Guide
  • Fijian Rugby Squad pre-Commonwealth Games training at Canford School

    The Fijian Rugby Sevens men’s squad has chosen Canford School as its training base for the fortnight leading up to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham which starts on 28th July.
    Fijian Rugby Squad pre-Commonwealth Games training at Canford School
  • WATCH: Open Day at Canford School

    WATCH: Open Day at Canford School
  • WATCH: The Essence of Canford - a pupil view

    WATCH: The Essence of Canford - a pupil view
  • WATCH: Academic Life Overview

    WATCH: Academic Life Overview
  • WATCH: Sport at Canford

    WATCH: Sport at Canford
  • WATCH: Perspectives from Fourth Form pupils

    WATCH: Perspectives from Fourth Form pupils
  • Visit Canford's YouTube Channel here

    Visit Canford's YouTube Channel here
  • WATCH: An introduction to Canford by Headmaster Ben Vessey

    WATCH: An introduction to Canford by Headmaster Ben Vessey
  • WATCH: 10 Questions with Ben Vessey, Headmaster of Canford

    WATCH: 10 Questions with Ben Vessey, Headmaster of Canford
  • Choosing a sixth form: should I stay or should I go?

    Choosing a sixth form: should I stay or should I go?
  • WATCH: Canford Partnerships

    WATCH: Canford Partnerships
  • WATCH: A pupil tour of Canford

    WATCH: A pupil tour of Canford
  • WATCH: Sixth form life at Canford

    WATCH: Sixth form life at Canford

Essentials

Address
Canford Magna, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 3AD

Contact
office@canford.com
01202 841254

Website
canford.com

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Fees

Term Dates

Bursaries


Open Days

Open days and how to visit View Open Days Register for open Day

Open Morning
27 April 2024


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