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Best Schools Award news

Canford among Top 10 Boarding Schools for Academic Results

We are very proud to announce that Canford has been chosen as among the top 10 co-educational boarding schools in the country for A Level results for the second consecutive year by Education Advisers who work in conjunction with Best Schools. Last summer, 41% of all A Level grades were awarded the top A* grade, over three quarters were A*/A and over four in five of all grades were at A*/B level. This compared to national figures of 14.5% of all grades awarded A* and 35.9% A*/A, while in the Independent Schools sector overall, the average was 28.7% for A* and 58% for A*/A.

We were delighted to welcome Heather Clanfield from Education Advisers to Canford to present this prestigious national award to Headmaster Ben Vessey and Deputy Head Academic Ieuan Weir.

Heather commented:

I was delighted to present Canford School with a Top 10 Boarding School award based on excellent A level results in 2023. Academically of a consistently high standard, the school shows equal commitment to sports, arts and music yet still manages to be a welcoming haven of calm, happy students and staff.

 Ieuan Weir echoed this:

Our academic results are impressive and are achieved within a culture of learning and high aspiration across all aspects of school life. Our pupils, supported by a dedicated body of specialist teachers, work extremely hard both within and beyond the classroom and we are all honoured that we have been recognised as a top performing boarding school in the country. Many thanks to Best Schools and Education Advisers for this award. Well done, in particular, to our wonderful pupils.

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