A Guide to Studying at Canford
SUMMER BOARDING COURSES
Canford School was founded in 1923, having been “provided with a nucleus of boys and staff from a small private school in Weston-super-Mare”, but later became a co-educational school when the first girls attended in 1969. Canford recently celebrated its 50th anniversary of co-education boarders.
In 2014, and again in 2016, Canford was among four runners-up for “Public School of the Year” in the Tatler School Awards and received the top award in 2019. The school is rated outstanding by Ofsted and is consistently ranked among the best co-educational independent schools nationally.
The school has an enrolment of 660 students, the highest in its proud history, with girls and boys aged between 13 and 18 spread across seven boarding and three day houses.
Canford School counts among its alumni high-ranking military officers, pioneers in industry, computing, and economics, as well as senior figures in the Arts and Sciences. Famous author, Alan Hollinghurst, who won the 2004 Man Booker Prize for The Line of Beauty, attended Canford School in the sixties as did iconic film maker Derek Jarman, who directed Caravaggio (1986), and music videos for iconic British bands The Smiths, Suede and The Manic Street Preachers.
With over 250 acres, 10 houses and impressive facilities such as the Layard Theatre, sports centre, library, boat house and art gallery, there is plenty to explore.
Attractively sited on the campus of Canford School, in 250 acres of parkland on the banks of the River Stour, the theatre offers the pleasure of the performing arts in a beautiful and historic setting. It is a flexible and atmospheric building, which has won wide acclaim.
There is plenty of sporting choices on offer within the school’s 250 acres of grounds. The facilities include squash courts, two Astroturf pitches and an historic Real Tennis court – Canford is one of only two schools in the country to possess an original one. Well maintained Rugby and Football pitches are on site along with numerous Netball and Tennis Courts. The Sports Centre boasts a double court sports hall, 25 station fitness suite, dance/spinning studio, 25m 6 lane indoor heated swimming pool and a further strength and conditioning room with bespoke lifting platforms and racks. Few schools can boast their own outstanding golf course in the grounds and the proximity of the River Stour is exploited for rowing from our on-site Boat House.
All students live on-site in purpose-built student accommodation. At Canford School, there are mostly single & twin rooms, with some 4-bed dorms (available for Junior students). Students will have access to shared bathroom facilities.
Boys and girls live in separate accommodation buildings and enjoy access to their own private common rooms. There are six boarding houses in total, three Boys’ and three Girls’ and they are called:
Staff also live on-site to ensure that there is 24-hour support available to all students should they need it. Forming a safe teacher student community.
All accommodation and facilities are cleaned regularly throughout the stay to ensure the highest standard of hygiene is maintained. The school features laundry service which is available once per week to all students.c
With Canford being so close to the sea the students spend a day enjoying Bournemouth’s sandy stretch with amusement arcades on 2 piers & backed by cliffside gardens & terrace restaurants. Bournmouth is one of the most popular beach destinations in The UK.
Just under a 100kms north of Canford is the world famous city of Oxford, with its legendary university, historic city centre and state of the art shopping mall.
The students enjoy at least one trip to the capital, where they can enjoy the shops, museums, and all of the history that the capital brings.
The students enjoy the largest city in the county of Somerset, which is famous for its Roman-built baths. Bath became a World Heritage Site in 1987 and is also famous for the world-renowned writer Jane Austen.
Recently Canford was ranked in the top 10 most beautiful schools in the country by The Daily Telegraph. The scenic surroundings of the campus combines with a highly impressive range of first class modern sporting, cultural and teaching facilities.
The school has an enrolment of 660 students, the highest in its history, aged between 13 and 18 spread across seven boarding and three day houses. Canford School counts among its alumni high-ranking military officers, pioneers in industry, computing, and economics, as well as senior figures in the Arts and Sciences.
Canford House and its formal gardens were built in their current form in the early 19th century. Parts of the site have been inhabited since the 14th century.
1969. Canford is delighted to have celebrated over 50 years of official co-education. Five girls joined the 6th form back in 1969. The intention was to offer a few girls the teaching they could not get elsewhere.
While Canford is not the most academically selective of schools – “attitude is the key” – it does look for a minimum of 55% average at the Common Entrance exam.
Canford operates 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.