Pupils and staff have returned to Canford for the new academic year to a brand new library and Assembly Hall complex.
Celebration of Co-education
To celebrate 50 years of co-education at Canford we hosted a series of events throughout the year.
Running alongside celebrations for OCs, Canford staff and pupils reflected on how the introduction of co-education has enriched the school. On our social media we posted memories and photos from the past 50 years under the hashtag #CanfordFiftyfor50.
We would love to receive your memories and photographs from your experience of co-education at Canford.
The simple cover of the 1970 Canfordian had deep significance. It marked the introduction, albeit tentative at first, of girls into the Sixth Form: four intrepid trailblazers had started at Canford the previous September.
I was at Canford when girls were 'introduced'. It felt like some sort of social experiment and not everyone was happy. But the governors knew they had to move with the times, tentatively. We boys were as nervous as snakes watching a mongoose!' F71
This was the start of co-education at Canford. Far from being tearful lasses these girls were delightfully strong young women who set the bar for future years.FORMER MARRIOTTS HOUSEMISTRESS