Huge congratulations to Lower Sixth Canfordian Mimi who has been placed second in the Girton College, University of Cambridge Humanities Writing Competition 2022.
Equality Diversity Inclusion
Canford is welcoming to all regardless of socio-economic background, race, religion, physical ability, gender or sexuality. Through our EDI programme we are seeking to enhance and enrich experiences for the entire community.
Canford develops individuals who have learnt to express their individuality, who can excel in the global community and who have explored the rich diversity of our world.
The Academic Year 2021/22 is our ‘Year of Inclusivity’ as we celebrate and educate on the vibrancy of difference in our world.
- Our Aims
- From the Headmaster
- EDI Update - January 2022
- EDI Update - May 2022
- events for this academic year
- past events
- Working at Canford
- Recommended reading/viewing
- External Speakers
- pupil led groups
Canford seeks to enrich pupils through:
- Outside speakers
- Trips, partnerships and leadership programmes
- Exhibitions and festivals
- Pupil led support groups
Our EDI working party, comprised of staff and pupils, meets weekly to discuss the EDI programme. This means it is kept fresh and relevant to pupils. A reverse mentoring programme helps staff to see issues for a pupil perspective.
Canford seeks to recruit the best staff regardless of their background.
From the Headmaster
As Mahatma Gandhi said ‘No two leaves are alike and yet there is no antagonism between them or between the branches on which they grow’. We live in a world which is enhanced and enriched by difference and yet so much tension and antagonism exists. We should all do everything we can to recognise, support and celebrate the value and importance of diversity. Storm Reid recognised this when she stated ‘Diversity should be forever; it should be a normal thing’. We must ensure that we work as hard as we can individually and collectively to build a society which is based on equality and inclusion. Frances Wright articulated this so eloquently when she wrote that ‘Equality is the soul of liberty, there is in fact no liberty without it’. Our vision and our values at Canford support such sentiments and I know everyone in our community will engage in whatever ways possible to support the ongoing process of building a world which is founded on respect, sensitivity and mutual support."
Mahatma Gandhi - died January 30, 1948, Delhi, Indian lawyer, politician, social activist, and writer who became the leader of the nationalist movement against the British rule of India. As such, he came to be considered the father of his country. Gandhi is internationally esteemed for his doctrine of nonviolent protest (satyagraha) to achieve political and social progress.
Storm Reid – an American actress. After playing a cameo role in the television film A Cross to Bear, Reid made her acting debut with an appearance in the period drama film 12 Years a Slave.
- At Canford we employ over 450 staff.
- Inclusivity in our work place is essential to ensure that everyone no matter what their race, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, age or walk of life, is treated with dignity, fairness and equality without exception.
- Canford staff have the opportunity to engage and support whole School initiatives and activities in support of actions such as :
- Rainbow Alliance
- EDI events calendar
- Our aim is to encourage diversity, embrace individuality and that all staff at Canford feel respected and valued for their contributions.
This list provides an idea of the range of speakers that have visited Canford to talk to pupils.
The Rainbow Alliance
The Rainbow Alliance is a pupil led society that seeks to acknowledge and address the inequalities that LGBT+ people face in society. Pupils in this group meet once a month to discuss issues that LGBT+ young people might encounter. Each month pupils organise fun activities such as rainbow cake making, card making and discussions.
Challenge Sexism Group
Our Upper Sixth and Lower Sixth pupils designed a pupil led survey as a response to Everyone's Invited. Following the sharing of these results, the group is working to challenge sexism.
Pupils from different ethnic backgrounds working to celebrate the many different ethnicities in the Canford community.
Canford Year 9 girls participate in the STEM Challenge at Bournemouth University each year. The aim of the challenge is to find a solution to a problem that affects the poorest people in the world. Several ex-Shell pupils are now studying A Level STEM subjects. Canford is proud to have made the final of the competition twice.
Having an unequal society is really unnecessary, if we can even do a little bit where we are in this school, it's great to try and make a change." Jess, EDI Pupil Leader