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  • Full Boarding & Day School
  • Co-Educational
  • 13-18
  • Full Boarding & Day School
  • Co-Educational
  • 13-18
  • Full Boarding & Day School
  • Co-Educational
  • 13-18
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  • Academic
  • Canford Community

The Governors of Canford are delighted to announce the appointment of Chris Wheeler, currently Principal at Monkton Combe School, as Ben Vessey’s successor from September 2025.

  • Canford Community
  • Sixth Form

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Julia Bird to the newly created role of Assistant Head College, as part of the School’s strategic development of Sixth Form provision centred on the College concept. 

  • Academic
  • Sixth Form

We are very proud to announce that Canford been chosen as among the top 10 co-educational boarding schools in the country for A Level results for the second consecutive year.

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Our Vision & Culture

Our School at a Glance

Key facts and information about Canford and the education we offer.

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We Are

What makes a Canfordian?

Our vision is to offer every pupil the chance to explore their talents, to express their personalities and views and to be the very best they can be.  Powerful statements borne out through our pupil outcomes.

The Canford Impact

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Every pupil is encouraged to explore, with the coherence of a Canford education across both academic and co-curricular elements promoting lifelong personal development and self-understanding.

Canford Careers 2023

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Canford Sport Rugby


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Pursuing goals without arrogance or complacency brings meaningful success.

We challenge members of our community to be energetic and resilient in pursuit of their goals but honest and grateful for fulfilment of them.

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Canford is welcoming to all regardless of socio-economic background, race, religion, physical ability, gender or sexuality.

Through our programmes we enhance and enrich experiences for all across our School who are able to express their individuality, excel in the global community and explore the rich history of our world.

The Bourne Academy Scholars


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We want out pupils to challenge existing wisdom, to create, to share their passions, views and opinions.


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The People


Sixth Form day pupil and Head of School

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Acting Head of English, Rowing Coach, CCF 2nd Lieutenant and Old Canfordian


Maths Teacher, Rowing coach, CCF Contingent Commander and Staff Common Room President

“The whole place fizzes with activity from dawn to dusk. With its first-rate teaching, stunning setting and innovative ideas, Canford is definitely at the top of its game.”

The Good Schools Guide

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