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Canford shortlisted for two awards by the TES

Canford is delighted to have been shortlisted for two national awards relating to its community action work at home and abroad.   The TES Independent School Awards are among the most popular and prestigious and include independent schools from across the UK.

The Whole School Community Initiative award recognises initiatives that involve working with external groups in the local community or overseas while the Independent-State School Partnership award recognises initiatives that involve working and co-operating effectively with a state school or schools.

Canford is well recognised for its extensive work in the community, with over 50 projects currently running and every Sixth Former taking part in some form of community action work every Monday afternoon in the local area.  For example, many independent schools collaborate with academies, but only a handful fully sponsor one. Canford established The Bourne Academy (TBA) in Bournemouth in 2010 and there is regular contact between staff and pupils at both schools resulting in the development of skills for all.  An Independent-State School Partnership day involving pupils from a number of academy and independent schools, the SHINE gifted and talented programme and new educational links with the Hun School in Princeton and the Sagar School in Rajasthan are among other ongoing projects.

TES editor Ann Mroz said: “Independent education in this country is truly world class. It’s one of our great success stories. Those shortlisted for the TES Independent School Awards are the crème de la crème.  We received a record number of entries this year and the standard is the highest yet, so to be shortlisted is an extraordinary achievement for any school.”

Ben Vessey, Headmaster, commented:  “My colleagues and I are absolutely delighted that the school has been selected for these two awards.  Making a real and positive difference to both our own lives and to the lives of others is central to Canford’s vision and pupils and staff give time every week in support of this – including over 8,000 hours at home and abroad by our Sixth Formers last year.  Obviously we will be hoping to win, but regardless of the outcome we feel extremely proud to have our community work acknowledged by the TES in such a public way through these prestigious awards.”

The winners will be revealed at a gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday 1 February 2019.

These latest nominations add to Canford’s shortlisting by the Independent School Parent awards for Co-educational School of the Year and Boarding School of the Year, results to be announced also early in 2019.

For more information about Canford’s community action projects, please visit

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