Aims and Ethos
Canford seeks to educate pupils in the broadest sense of the word so that they leave as well-motivated and interesting people, keen to develop their talents fully and to contribute positively to society. This is achieved by the pursuit of both breadth and excellence in a context of mutual support.
Of primary importance is the nurturing of those attributes which will make them moral, responsible and creative people with good judgement and clear purpose. Thus Christian values underpin all aspects of the school’s life.
Ambition, resilience, tolerance, compassion, flexibility and imagination are amongst the qualities Canford seeks to develop in its pupils. Trust, encouragement and a strong work ethic are the means by which such personal targets are set and reached. Humour and mutual respect do much to set a tone which fosters this trust.
Academic matters are central to school life with emphasis on both the disciplines and freedoms of the intellect for all ages and ability levels. A wide range of extra-curricular activity provides necessary contrast and an opportunity for creativity and self-discovery. The environment is structured and the objectives demanding but a sense in each pupil of freedom and independence is vital if success is to be achieved.