Pupils and staff have returned to Canford for the new academic year to a brand new library and Assembly Hall complex.
Top university offers at home and abroad for Canfordians
A total of 138 Canfordians applied to universities at home and abroad this year and are celebrating receiving 537 offers, 80% of which are from Russell Group/Sunday Times Top 12 institutions and represent nearly 4 offers per pupil. Bristol tops the list of most popular options this year (58 offers from 64 applications), Exeter (55 offers from 57 applications), Manchester (37 offers from 38 applications) and Leeds (29 offers from 30 applications), with Newcastle, Durham, Bath, Cardiff, Edinburgh and UCL all feature strongly.
Eight pupils are heading to Oxbridge to read a variety of subjects across both Arts and Sciences including Medicine, Fine Art, Computer Science and History, with James Hendy taking up a place at Cambridge to read Music as an organ scholar. Nine out of the eleven prospective Medics, Vets and Dentists have received at least one offer in this highly competitive process, continuing the school's strong record in this area with 95 offers in the past decade representing an 83% success rate. Four Canfordians are heading to US universities, with Bethan Burley gaining a full Athletics scholarship to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, alma mater to Gerald Ford and George Bush Senior, and Hannah Lynch a full scholarship to Trinity College, Connecticut. (Pictured right are among those awarded offers at these institutions)
Places have also been awarded for Music, Arts and Drama related courses at some of the leading specialist institutions such as the Birmingham Conservatoire and the Bartlett School of Architecture. Four pupils are moving on to Foundation Diplomas in Art & Design, and offers have also been made to study Photography at Falmouth and Art Direction at Kingston.
In addition, congratulations go to Poppy Pinner who embarks on a degree apprenticeship with global giant Goldman Sachs and Anna van Wingerden who has been awarded a place on the Accenture Horizons gap year programme. Five current Fifth and Lower Sixth Formers have also won places on the competitive JP Morgan work experience programme this summer.
Ben Vessey, Headmaster, commented:
“We are extremely proud of all our leavers as they head off in different directions for the next exciting stage of their educational lives. While a university degree remains the next step for the majority of our Upper Sixth, it is not the right choice for everyone and our careers staff continue to work hard to research all the latest opportunities in every area. From the range of courses and institutions selected this year, it is clear that there are an increasing number of different and rewarding options and career paths opening up for young people which, through the experiences of a Canford education, our pupils should be very well placed to take advantage of in this highly competitive 21st century world. I wish all our Upper Sixth the very best of luck in their summer examinations, and in their future careers.”