New Sixth Form College
The Sixth Form at Canford is critical as we prepare our pupils to make the transition from school to life beyond. Expectations and the personal development needs of 17-18 year olds preparing for a competitive world are very different to those of younger pupils, and the new College structure will allow for stage-specific guidance, appropriate expectations and demands. Ben vessey
Canford 2023 and Beyond - New Sixth Form Development: The College Concept
The School Governing Body signed off the strategic plan in 2019 to ensure that Canford continues to thrive into its second century. Significant progress has been made to turn the 'Canford 2023 and Beyond' plan into a reality. The College Concept includes the Upper Sixth living and working together in separate residential wings, providing a different transitional experience for this year group to better equip them to engage positively with the pressures of life beyond Canford but within the supportive structure of the School. It allows stage-specific guidance, appropriate expectations and demands. In addition, The College Concept enhances opportunities for academic study, personal development and preparation for the future for all Sixth Form pupils.
The Sixth Form development is the next stage of the plan, with an anticipated opening of a careers hub, study and social spaces in the 2024/2025 academic year, and the accommodation wings in 2026.
The Hub, lodge spaces and residential areas form three sides of an attractive quad in the heart of the school, close to the Library, Layard Theatre, Music School, Sports Centre, Manor House and academic teaching areas.ben vessey
Anticipated opening of enhanced Sixth Form careers and future life hub facilities during the first part of this academic year
Conference and seminar space for workplace-style physical and virtual events and networking
A teaching kitchen and entertainment dining area for small pupil-led functions
A range of other social and educational spaces
Anticipated opening of Upper Sixth accommodation wings
Separate Single Sex residential wings with en suite accommodation for Upper Sixth boarders
Dedicated mixed lodge space for Upper Sixth Day pupils
Linked to hub facilities round a central courtyard college setting
"An inspirational, innovative, integrated Sixth Form experience at the heart of the school ”
Sir Gary Coward, Chair of Governors
Below is additional information about the Sixth Form development rationale, business case and infrastructure.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Below are some Frequently Asked Questions about our planned Sixth Form Development. These initial FAQs are focused on answering questions raised by parents following the release of The College Concept brochure in February. We hope you will find these helpful. We will continue to update these FAQs as further questions arise and as detailed planning progresses.
- How much will the school roll grow? Is there a cap on potential numbers?
- Can the school infrastructure cope with increased numbers?
- How will you maintain a community feel across the school?
- Are there enough teachers to cope with increased numbers, particularly in terms of tutoring?
- How will the junior years be affected as a result of a focus on Sixth Form?
- How do you plan to manage the transition so that the first year (current Fifth Form) are not adversely affected, pastorally or academically?
- Will existing pupils and new Lower Sixth pupils automatically move into the College?
- How will new Lower Sixth joiners have the opportunity of house leadership positions?
- Will there be opportunities for existing house leadership positions in the Upper Sixth?
- Will Upper Sixth still be connected to their existing house for competitions and events?
- Will Upper Sixth still be able to be role models for younger years in house?
- How will Upper Sixth continue to integrate for cross year co-curricular activities such as Music, Drama and CCF?
- Will Upper Sixth stay connected to their existing house?
- How do you plan to manage giving Upper Sixth more independence, and what do you mean by that?
- Will Upper Sixth still be connected to their tutor and existing house staff?
- How will you manage the mixed Upper Sixth house pastorally?
- How will you manage the mixed Upper Sixth house academically to ensure pupils have the best possible exam outcomes?
- How many bedrooms will the new College have? Will the girl and boy boarding wings be of equal size?
- How will the new building be supported in terms of maintenance?
- Why are you spending so much on a building which will only house 30 or so additional pupils?
- As Upper Sixth are only onsite in reality for two terms, why are you making such a big and potentially disruptive change in a crucial year?
- How are you financing the project? Will the fees rise to cover the build costs?
- Are you looking at this more from a business perspective than an educational one?
- Have you looked at other investment options to secure the school financially?