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Academic Excellence


A school community where all are inspired to explore, empowered to express and challenged to excel.

We define excellence as taking many forms and want to inspire our pupils to excel to the very best of their own abilities. Our Mission is to build a community of open minded people who are motivated to embrace learning in all its forms. Canford is proud of its high quality teachers who are specialists in their field with a genuine love and enthusiasm for their subject.

We offer A Levels and GCSEs plus the opportunity to take an Extended Project Qualification, worth half an A Level.  Exam results are important and we set the academic bar unashamedly high, with tailored support for every individual pupil.  We go way beyond the confines of the exam curricula as we look to develop enquiring minds through our intellectual enrichment programmes.   Academic life is complemented by our vast range of co-curricular options offering pupils opportunities to explore new experiences, develop leadership skills and prepare for life beyond Canford.  

“It is a privilege for us as teachers to be catalysts for our pupils’ learning. Teachers and pupils work collaboratively in the pursuit of academic excellence, motivated by intellectual curiosity and a shared passion for knowledge.”

Ieuan Weir - Deputy Head Academic

Best co-educational independent school in the South West for 2023 A Level performance.
Sunday Times parent power 2024


Average class size for GCSE


Academic groups and societies


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External speakers at the Festival of Ideas 2022

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We offer A Levels and GCSEs plus the opportunity to take an Extended Project Qualification, worth half an A Level.

“Pupils achieve academically and have excellent attitudes towards learning, to their subject lessons and their wide variety of cross-curricular activities”

Independent Schools Inspectorate 

Our People


Acting Head of English, Rowing Coach, CCF 2nd Lieutenant and Old Canfordian


Maths Teacher, Rowing coach, CCF Contingent Commander and Staff Common Room President

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