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
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
Start of official co-education. Five girls joined the 6th form. The intention was to offer a few girls the teaching they could not get elsewhere. There were no plans to become fully co-educational. Indeed, in a letter to a parent, the HM said that ‘full-blooded 50% co-education would, of course, raise all sorts of problems’.
A Governing Body minute confirmed that there were no plans to become fully co-educational although the limit of eight girls was likely to be exceeded once more accommodation could be found.
Elizabeth Frewer became the first female School Prefect with Jane Raymond following her the next year. However, there were no more until Tania Horner and Jacqui Trenchard were appointed in 1975.
After about a twenty-five year break, women (mainly staff wives) joined the teaching staff. The number of female teachers remained small for several years but of the names on the latest School Roll, virtually 50% are women. After about a twenty-five year break, women (mainly staff wives) joined the teaching staff. The number of female teachers remained small for several years but of the names on the latest School Roll, virtually 50% are women.
Emma Hattersley becomes the first woman to be Housemistress of a mixed House (Wimborne); Laura Linley-Adams became the second in 2017 (Salisbury).
Theme Week was entitled ‘Women’s Week’ with guest speakers and events celebrating women, but also questioning the need for a Women’s Week and whether progress in equality between the sexes was fast enough.