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Martin Marriott Foundation

Martin Marriott, Headmaster at Canford from 1976 to 1992 is delighted to put his name to this new foundation for Canford.

The Martin Marriott Foundation (MMF) was launched on 6th December at The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. OCs from the Martin Marriott years gathered for a reunion dinner to celebrate their time at Canford and to hear about this new foundation.

The MMF, encompasses all bursaries provided at Canford.  The Canford Charitable Annual Bursary Fund supports the work of the Foundation to provide transformational bursaries.  

Work experience at a London investment bank and applying to a university far from home are two things I never would have thought of before Canford, but now I have done both.

Bursary Pupil

“A full bursary allowed me not just to go to Canford, but to take part in the full range of activities the school was able to offer. I took my sport to new levels, went on the Partnership Trip to Argentina, and was phenomenally well prepared for Oxbridge entrance. Having people from all backgrounds at Canford makes it special, and giving young people like myself a chance to come can change their lives forever.”

Bursary Pupil

Speeches from Martin Marriott and Ben Vessey can be found on the links below:

Martin Marriott Speech

Ben Vessey Speech


I find the thinking behind this initiative very exciting and challenging and am honoured and delighted to have been asked to be associated with it.  It is entirely in tune with the school’s policy over many decades of helping those who for whatever reason might be otherwise unable to benefit from all that Canford can offer them.  What more worthy project could any of us who have enjoyed and benefited from our time at Canford hope to support?  I encourage you all to join me insofar as you are able to do so.  Together I am sure we can make a great success of this latest development.

Martin Marriott - Former Headmaster, 1976-1992