Canford School

Canford is ambitious for its pupils to explore, express and excel across academic and co-curricular life. Exam results are a leader among co-ed boarding schools and pupils aim high in all that they do both within and beyond the classroom. Nearly 40 scholarships each year at 13+ and 16+ and over 95% of Upper Sixth leavers move on to university, largely to Russell Group institutions. Among the top 10 most beautiful schools in the UK, (Daily Telegraph) it is an inspirational educational setting.

Canford Magna
BH21 3AD

+44 (0)1202 841254

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ISC associations: HMC, AGBIS, ISBA

Religious affiliation: Christian

Day/boarding type: Day and Full Boarding

Gender profile: Coeducational

Size: 662

Canford School fees:

Boarding fees per term:

Day fees per term:

Scholarships & bursaries:

ISC reference number:

DfE reference number:
839 / 6000

Boys - age range & pupil numbers:

Day: 13 to 18 (152)

Boarding: 13 to 18 (231)

Sixth Form: (149)

Girls - age range & pupil numbers:

Day: 13 to 18 (103)

Boarding: 13 to 18 (176)

Sixth Form: (131)

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Additional Information

Canford supports learning through a whole-school approach, achieving excellent outcomes for all pupils. Our SENCo provides whole-school training on a range of learning differences, helping teachers to identify and respond to the learning challenges that all pupils can encounter, including those with SEND. Support for learning (SFL) is embedded across Canford’s curriculum. Teachers meet regularly to share good practice across departments and develop awareness of differing needs; all departments offer drop-in ’clinics’ and ad hoc 1:1 support. The Shells (Year 9) participate in the Accelerated Reader and Mindfulness in Schools programmes.

The SFL department also provides specialist programmes for those pupils with identified learning differences who may require additional support. Our aim is for pupils to develop the skills they need to think and learn independently. We enable our pupils to develop strategies, gain confidence in their own learning and acquire the study skills that will help them to succeed at Canford and beyond.  More information can be found at

Read more about our Bursaries and Scholarships in our Scholarships and Bursaries document 

Scholarships & Bursaries offered

  • Academic scholarships
  • Art scholarships
  • Design scholarships
  • Drama scholarships
  • Music scholarships
  • Sport scholarships
  • Sixth Form scholarships
  • H M Forces discounts
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils

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Disclaimer: Data is provided by the school, ISC is not responsible for inaccuracies