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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

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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.

Canford 2023 and Beyond


Read our latest CANFORD 2023 and beyond update


Quad and Atrium Video

Perimeter of Site Video

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

Additional Information

Below is additional information about the Sixth Form development rationale, business case and infrastructure.


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.

The College and the Wider School

The College Structure - Leadership and Management

Financial and Business Implications

Explore our Sixth Form learning opportunities

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