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Award winning boarding at Canford

Canford is delighted to announce that it has been selected as Independent Boarding School of the Year 2018. 

The award, by leading independent schools publication Independent School Parent, was given for the school which most clearly demonstrated a vibrant and life-enhancing experience for boarding pupils.  The judges commented on the very high quality of Canford’s boarding school experience, the full boarding ethos and the breadth and depth of what the school offers.   

They also commended its 21st century boarding model, which commits to genuine 24/7 full boarding rather than weekly or flexi boarding options, but also allows pupils to spend a proportion of Saturday nights at home each year if they want to. Yet with a packed programme including Sunday trips to the beach and water parks, weekly Saturday night Sixth Form socials, film nights in the Layard Theatre and fun Sunday activities such as juggling lessons, pizza making and boarding ‘Bake offs’, alongside full use of the school’s facilities such as the boat club, indoor 25m pool, gym, dance studio and 9 hole golf course, it is perhaps not surprising that over 70% of boarders choose to stay on any given weekend!

The judges, comprised of leading figures from across the sector, were delighted by the positive and public response to the awards, which were held to celebrate the quality of the pupil experience in British independent schools. The judging panel scrutinised every entry and enjoyed reading stories of transformative and innovative projects in schools from Scotland to Cornwall.  They praised Canford for winning what was a very competitive category with boarding schools from across the UK submitting entries and a shortlist of Wellington College, Wycombe Abbey, Roedean and Felsted, and commenting “What the entries to the awards showed was an independent school sector that is truly thriving.”

Headmaster Ben Vessey said:

“We are thrilled and very proud of this fine achievement as Boarding School of the Year.   It is national recognition for our full boarding ethos, and for staff across both teaching and support who work extremely hard to provide a caring, dynamic boarding school environment for our pupils.  A wonderful early Christmas present for everyone associated with Canford!”

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Canford was also Highly Commended in the Independent Co-educational School of the Year category.



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