Sixth Form Canfordians are encouraged to stretch their minds entering national and international essay competitions.
Careers Planning and Outcomes
Everything we do at Canford is aimed at preparing pupils for their life when they leave the school, imbuing them with skills and knowledge as well as values and beliefs in order for them to lead fulfilling lives in whatever they decide to do. A key role of the school in general and the Careers and Higher Education department in particular, is in helping pupils identify their motivations, strengths and areas for development and providing information, advice and support as they try to identify the right options and the best direction they might take after Sixth Form. We aim to help them develop and recognise their non-academic as well as academic skills and enable them to demonstrate them from a variety of activities they will inevitably become involved with while at school and then help them access opportunities to put these attributes into practice.
Below are just some of the many ways we support Canfordians in preparing and planning for life beyond school.
This new programme for Shells and Fourth Form focusses on key teenage issues surrounding wellbeing and mental health
Connect, Give back and Develop through a LinkedIn style platform for alumni and parents
The annual Careers Convention enables our Sixth Formers to learn more about career paths from parents and OCs
Our dedicated team of careers staff is experienced in giving information, advice and guidance about career choices
Canford regards links with and service in the community as a natural dimension of learning
Canford is an accredited Duke of Edinburgh's Award Centre
Canford has a number of academic and cultural societies which aim to develop an enquiring mind, knowledge and skills
The so-called ‘soft skills’ are developed through our co-curricular programme
We have a strong record of success in applications for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry
Model United Nations, part of Canford's Global Connections programme, has been popular at Canford for many years.
Canford has an impressive record of offers to Oxbridge.
Often young people prefer to talk to someone their own age about their concerns, offered through peer mentoring
Preparing for future interviews and presentations
As part of Canford’s pupil leadership programme, prospective teaching staff meet current pupils.
Becoming a Pupil Leader is a significant leadership role which brings with it responsibility and challenge
Each week, Shells spend an afternoon trying out a variety of different activities
Unifrog offers pupils the chance to compare future education options and apply successfully.
Open days, fairs and information
Pupils are encouraged to seek work placements in the Fifth and Sixth Forms.
“Having the ability to conduct yourself in a confident, informed way is a very valuable skill. A positive interview can indeed shape your whole future”
Michael Doherty - Head of Careers
Oxbridge offers in the past 5 years
Offers each year to Russell Group/Sunday Times Top 12 universities
A Level A*/A Grade in 2023
Pupils to US universities in past 2 years
Top 10 skills of 2025 - World Economic Forum
Analytical thinking and innovation
Active learning and learning strategies
Critical thinking and analysis
Creativity, originality and analysis
Leadership and social influence
Technology use, monitoring and control
Technology design and programming
Resilience, stress tolerance and flexibility
Reasoning, problem-solving and ideation