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Pioneering surgical taster session for potential Medics, Vets and Dentists

Dr Mel Jenkins and Dr Robin Wotton (both Consultant Thoracic Surgeons at St George’s Hospital, London), along with Dr Kirstie Kirkley (a trainee in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Bristol University Hospitals) visited on Wednesday 30th November to provide an insight into their careers in cardiothoracic surgery.

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Battlefields Trip 2022

After a two year hiatus due to Covid, the History Department were delighted to be able to take 40 Fifth Form pupils and 6 staff on the Battlefields Trip, visiting the battlefields of Ypres in Belgium and the Somme in France from 15th-18th October.

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City Reach Camp

Children from the inner city community of Northam, Southampton, came to Canford over the weekend of 18th-19th June for the annual, fun filled activity camp.

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Canford Oxbridge offers

We are delighted for the 156 Canfordians who have in total received over 500 offers this year. 78% of these are to Russell Group/Sunday Times Top 12 institutions in the UK, with five pupils heading to the US.

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Canford House Drama Film Festival

The inaugural Canford House Drama Film Festival challenged each House to create a film of around 10 minutes, along with a trailer to promote it, on the theme of ‘Heroes and Villains’. This was a fantastic way to bring pupils across the year groups in Houses together and they spent many hours creating their concepts and producing their films.

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Rainbow Run

On Sunday 8th May over 400 pupils, OCs, parents and prospective pupils lined up to take part in the Rainbow Run 2022 in glorious sunshine.

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  • Old Canfordian
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Canford Confirmation Service 2022

As a Christian Foundation, this annual service is always a very special day for the School as current Canfordians confirm their faith in the presence of their families and friends.

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City Reach Easter Party

Canford pupils, staff and volunteers have been out and about taking part in a variety of fundraising activities recently in support of two charities with which they have long standing links – City Reach supporting the community of Northam in inner city Southampton, and the Louis Ross Foundation which was created in memory of a former pupil and aims to help young people in the area who are facing difficulties.

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Dorset Dogs at Canford

As part of its work supporting over 70 different local charities, Canford pupils and staff have been helping Dorset Dogs creating resources for use in their promotional materials.

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Pringle Trophy 2022

This year’s Sir Stueart Pringle Trophy competition took place over the weekend of 5-6 March. This annual national competition at the Commando Training Centre, Lympstone is the premier inter-schools’ cadet event with Royal Marine cadets from schools across the UK.

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Canford Keith Hay History Dinner

The History Department hosted the annual Keith Hay Dinner on the 16th of February, with over sixty pupils from the Sixth Form attending, as well as the eight History teaching staff and invited guests from other departments.

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ModernArtOxford_Canford

It has been a very busy and varied first half of term in the Art department and we wanted to share an update of just some of the highlights of what the artists in the Canford Community have been exploring, plus the announcement of an exciting charity Fashion Show event coming up in March.

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Read more about Art update - February 2022
Into the Woods 1

Audiences were treated to two incredible performances by our talented pupils in the School Musical, Into the Woods, and School Pantomime, Left Out of the Woods, in the final week of term.

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Read more about Drama at Christmas
House Art 2021

This year’s House Art challenge was to design and create a Pantomime Dame costume, resulting in lots of fun and laughter bringing house communities together as artistic flair was given free rein!

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Canford auction collage

The annual online fundraising auction in aid of the Martin Marriott Foundation for bursaries at Canford and the Friends of Canford School community projects and Friends of Canford Music is now LIVE!

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Canford Open Day

Due to high demand, regrettably booking for our next event is now closed.  Private visits are still available through our Admissions office.

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Independent School of the Year finalist

Canford is delighted to announce that it has been selected as a Finalist in the Performing Arts category of the Independent School Parent magazine’s Independent School of the Year 2021.

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Read more about ISOTY 2021 Finalist
Educational Partnership Day 2021

Each June, as part of its ongoing commitment to work with and support pupils educationally from a range of backgrounds, Canford holds an educational partnership day, with Lower Sixth pupils from Canford joining those from academy and local secondary schools for a varied and challenging programme of activities aimed at sparking discussion and inspiring reflection on the ways we think and learn.

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Read more about Educational Partnership Days at Canford School
High Level Sporting Success

In what has been a challenging year for sport we are delighted that a number of Canfordians have been excelling and have been selected to represent their sport at the highest levels. At the end of such a trying year it feels right to recognise just a few of those achievements.

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  • Sport
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Canford EDI Podcast

As Pride Month comes to a close, our Marketing Pupil Leaders took the opportunity to record this latest 'This Canford Life' podcast episode with pupil representatives from our EDI Committee, Alice, Celia, George and Jess. You can listen to the latest episode on YouTube, Apple podcasts and Soundcloud. 

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Read more about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Whole Day Enterprises 2021

Whole Day Enterprises takes place a number of times during the school year and involves pupils engaging in group challenges, outdoor activity and community action work over the course of a day, or in some cases a whole weekend. It is a fantastic opportunity to spend quality time getting involved in these activities, as well as fulfilling important aspects of Canford’s values. 

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  • Trips
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Meet the new Heads of School

Following the recent announcement of the new Heads and Deputy Heads of School, along with Pupil Leaders for the coming year, we are delighted to launch this new podcast episode ‘Meet the new Heads of School’ which you can listen to on YouTube, Apple podcasts or Soundcloud. 

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OxbridgeMedicsVetsCanford2021

With 546 university and higher education offers received to date by 156 Canfordians, representing an average of four offers per pupil, it is proving to be another very successful year for our leavers.

79% of all offers are from Russell Group/Sunday Times Top 12 institutions and include 7 places at Oxbridge and 7 for the highly competitive Medicine and Veterinary Science courses at other institutions. 

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Read more about Higher Education update
CCF Cadet Presentations

Cadets gathered in the Long Gallery on the morning of Wednesday 5th May to receive their promotions. It is important to recognise the fine achievements of our latest group of JNCOs after completion of their latest training course. 

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Reflections on a Unique Year

Headmaster Ben Vessey wanted to reflect on the past twelve months with the Heads and Deputy Heads of School in a special edition of a ‘This Canford Life’ video podcast which you can watch and listen to on YouTube, Apple podcasts or Soundcloud. 

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CCF Awards 2021

This year’s Parade sadly could not take place as usual. Our senior cadets however have been terrific throughout this year and managed to run a programme covering 70% of the normal level of activities albeit without a field day thus far.

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Read more about CCF Awards 2021
Poetry

Sunday 21st March marked World Poetry Day. Canford's Head of English, Richard Redwood, used the occasion to announce the winners of the school's first House Poetry competition. 

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ARTiculation

Canfordians have a strong record of entry into this prestigious competition.  This year the regional heats were held online due to the pandemic, and Sixth Former Imogen Fairweather represented Canford presenting on the Film Stills of Cindy Sherman. 

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Read more about ARTiculation 2021
House Debating

Friday 5th February saw the annual House Debating Competition take place online. During the course of the evening over 200 pupils and staff tuned in to listen to several high quality debates.

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Easter Term 2021

While not the beginning of the Easter Term today that we were all hoping for, we are still very excited to welcome back everyone associated with Canford and look forward to a happy, stimulating and inspiring term.

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Online Auction

The annual online fundraising auction in aid of the Martin Marriott Foundation for bursaries at Canford and the Friends of Canford School community projects is now LIVE!

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BSACovid

The safety, health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff remains our top priority. By officially following the Charter, as a boarding school we will be maintaining the highest standards of welfare for the children in our care.

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Read more about BSA COVID-Safe Charter
Canford 4 x 4 Challenge win

Sixth Form engineers at Canford are celebrating winning the Jaguar Land Rover South West Regional finals in the Professional Class at the Bristol and Bath Science Park on 25th February and as a result move through to the National Finals of the competition at Jaguar Land Rover HQ in the Midlands on 23rd March.

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Read more about Canfordians heading to National Engineering Finals with best performance to date
Pringle Trophy 2019

This year’s Sir Stueart Pringle Trophy competition took place over the weekend of 5-6 October.  This annual national competition at the Commando Training Centre, Lympstone is the premier inter-schools’ cadet event with marine cadets from schools across the UK.

  • Co Curricular
  • Sixth Form
Read more about Pringle Trophy 2019
Canford Tatler Public School of the Year 2019

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

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First British Astronaut takes part in Canford’s Space Celebrations

Each year the final week of the Summer Term at Canford is devoted to a variety of co-curricular, fun, off piste activities offering pupils the chance to learn new skills, known as ‘Spirit of Place.’

This year, in celebration of 50 years’ of the first Moon landing in 1969, the Canford week was appropriately renamed ‘Spirit of Space’ and was packed with exciting challenges across departments. 

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This Canford Life Podcast

Want to know what it’s really like to be a boarder?   Or what the value is of studying Latin?   Or find out which staff have hidden talents?  Then you need to tune in to ‘This Canford Life’ – Canford’s brand new podcast. 

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Read more about 'This Canford Life'
Ten Tors 2019

Many congratulations to all our pupils who took up this year’s Ten Tors Challenge.  Canford entered a record four teams of six pupils in the 2019 competition, two Fourth Form teams completing the 35 mile challenge, and two Lower Sixth completing the 45 miles event. 

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Colour Run

We did it!  Canford’s first ever Colour Run took place on Sunday 28th April and it was an outstanding success.

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Senior Play

This year’s senior play was Mike Bartlett’s ‘Earthquakes in London’, a challenging snapshot of the complexities of living within a time of globalisation and technology, neatly condensed into five acts.

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Open Day

Come and find out more about our award winning education at our next Open Day on Saturday 27th April.

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Chamber Choir

On February 14th, Canford’s Chamber Choir travelled to Oxford University to sing a joint service of Eucharist with Oriel College Chapel Choir. 

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Business advice

Sixth Formers at Canford are studying the travel and leisure industry and recently enjoyed meeting several experts from two ends of the business spectrum. 

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Chinese New Year

As part of Canford’s International programme, pupils joined one fifth of the world’s population in celebrating Chinese New Year in fine style over two days with a number of events aimed at offering the opportunity to develop a wider appreciation of Chinese culture. 

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External Speakers

As part of our Sixth Form enrichment programme, we are delighted to be welcoming to Canford once again a wide range of thought provoking external speakers this term to share their experiences.

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Community work

The work with the model town has involved pupils and staff helping to improve their facilities, principally the water control system and the graphical visitor interface at this popular local attraction.

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Philosophy Dinner

A-level Philosophy and Theology pupils attended the black tie event to hear Rev. Jervis’ insightful talk on epistemology, entitled ‘Sense, Common-sense, Nonsense and Making Sense’. 

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Canford Remembers

On Sunday 11th November 2018, the Canford Community joined with millions throughout the country to honour those who gave their lives in the defence of freedom during times of conflict.

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Model UN
"It was impressive to see our pupils participating with such enthusiasm and commitment in this exciting inter-schools competition..."
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Community bridge club