Jazz-age Chicago arrived on the Layard stage for this year's musical
Celebration of Co-education
To celebrate 50 years of co-education at Canford we are hosting a series of events throughout the year. Below are details of two major events which are taking place, in addition to these there will be a number of smaller celebrations which will be advertised on our events booking page.
Running alongside celebrations for OCs, Canford staff and pupils will be reflecting on how the introduction of co-education has enriched the school. Follow our social media where we will be posting memories and photos from the past 50 years.
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