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Several academic departments get together to devise exciting cross-curricular projects on big and pertinent themes such as migration, but this broad approach in no way detracts from the hard academic graft and excellent teaching which go towards those outstanding exam results. Alongside the usual rugby, hockey, cricket, netball and tennis, comes rowing on a tranquil stretch of the River Stour. Some students disapprove of…

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Canford is among the top co-educational boarding schools in the country, selected in the past 5 years as 'Boarding School of the Year' in the Independent School Parent awards and Tatler Public School of the Year. The school combines first class academic achievement with a diverse range of artistic, cultural and sporting activities to provide a balanced and broad education. The environment encourages participation, hard work and a strong sense of community, teamwork and integrity. The campus setting gives the school a collegiate feel, while the beauty of the buildings and quality of the facilities, set within 250 acres of grounds, inspire pupils to achieve their full potential.

Examination results are impressive. Over 90 offers to Oxbridge have been awarded in the past decade, alongside over 100 on highly competitive Medical, Veterinary Science and Dentistry courses. A level results are a leader regionally and have been rated among the top co-educational boarding schools in the country, with at least 30% A* and over 60% A*/A grades achieved in recent years, over twice the national figures.

Canfordians also excel in a range of co-curricular activities. Music and Drama are strong, with pupils regularly represented in the National Youth Orchestra and National Youth Theatre. In sport, girls' netball and hockey teams have reached the nationals and all six boys' and girls' hockey squads were county champions for two consecutive years - never before achieved by a school in the region. The 1st VIII boat regularly reaches Henley Regatta while the 1st XV rugby have reached the quarter finals of the prestigious Daily Mail trophy and individual pupils have represented GB at hockey and rowing, at Academy level in rugby and England cricket in recent years.

Scholarships are available at 13+ and 16+, with means tested bursaries worth up to 100% of fees offered throughout the school.
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Since 2013, Ben Vessey MA MBA, previously senior deputy head at Christ’s Hospital. Educated at Magdalen College School and and University of Southampton, he spent a few years as an oil and gas broker in the city, before realising that was not really what he wanted to do. Spells at Dauntseys and Millfield gave him indispensable experience of teaching, housemastering and heading a faculty, but he has never lost his love of history and still teaches Canford’s youngest students.

We found the relaxed demeanour of a head absolutely on top of his game with nary a trace of complacency – and there would be a lot to be complacent about. Attired in chinos, suede brogues and striped shirt and tie, in no way did he try to sell us the...

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Special Education Needs

Canford aims to support all its pupils in effective learning. The special needs policy is broadly inclusive although it is recognises that some pupils may need extra support at times during their academic career. Communication between pupil, teachers and school is a vital part of its philosophy. Information about pupils with diagnosed difficulties along with suggested teaching strategies is entered on to the school database so that it can be accessed by staff at any time and INSET staff-training is offered on a regular basis. One-to-one tuition from suitably qualified specialist tutors is available for those who require it. The Support for Learning Centre is fully equipped and pupils are made to feel welcome and can discuss their needs in a supportive atmosphere. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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