There was great excitement in both London and Dorset on Monday evening, 9th September, as Canford took home the prestigious ‘Public School of the Year’ trophy at the annual Tatler Schools Awards
For many of our pupils, SHINE is a chance to raise their aspirations and for them to spend time in a quality environment outside their own school, where learning is paramount. SHINE has ensured that families can look to the future with a greater sense of purpose and hope.
Head Teacher - Kingsleigh Primary School
The national SHINE programme for gifted and talented children involves staff from almost every department across the school as well as a number of senior pupils.
Pupils from three local state schools come to Canford for some 'Serious Fun on Saturdays' – a vibrant and dynamic series of workshops and lessons in all disciplines of sciences, humanities, languages and the creative arts, allowing every pupil to experience and cultivate a deeper understanding of these different areas of knowledge.
At the end of the Easter Term, pupils perform a celebratory assembly of what they had learnt for staff at their schools, before a final rendition in the Long Gallery for parents and friends. Each pupil is given a specially bound copy of the book written by Canford staff which was used as a base for the lessons. The SHINE project is an ongoing programme as part of our work in the local community.
I loved Chemistry because we changed the colour of fire ... We made lots of new friends ... I liked dissecting frogs because it's something new that we don't usually get to do.