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Canford School

Canford Magna
BH21 3AD

T: +44 (0)1202 841254

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ISC ID: 66967


Mr Ben A M Vessey (Headmaster)

Boys - age range:

Day: 13 to 18

Boarding: 13 to 18

Girls - age range:

Day: 13 to 18

Boarding: 13 to 18


659 pupils

Canford School case studies (63)

Magna Care Home


  • Canford School
  • Magna Care Home
  • Community work/fundraising
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The Elm Academy


  • Canford School
  • The Elm Academy
  • Academic
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Portfield School


  • Canford School
  • Portfield School, Christchurch
  • Academic
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Wimborne Food Bank


  • Canford School
  • Wimborne Food Bank
  • Community work/fundraising
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Impact of partnership work done in 2018 (ISC annual Census 2019)

  • 20 state schools involved
  • 200 to 500 state school pupils involved
  • 250 staff hours given

Academies or free schools sponsored

  • The Bourne Academy

Impact Statement

On Saturday mornings throughout the Autumn Term Canford hosts three local primary schools, all of which are in deprived areas of Bournemouth, for 'Serious Fun on Saturdays' under the SHINE programme. Each school sends eight Year 5 pupils, all of whom are G & T accompanied by a member of staff from each school. They are picked up by Canford minibuses and brought for a cooked breakfast in Canford's fifteenth century John of Gaunts building, which is then followed by two one hour sessions on a range of topics. These include dissecting a frog, drama, maths and a number of other workshops in all disciplines of the sciences, languages, humanities and creative arts, all part of an overarching story written by a Canford member of staff. All this works round the normal teaching that goes on at Canford on Saturday mornings.

Each year there is an introductory evening at Canford at the end of June for those coming on the course the following year; and, there is a presentation ceremony at the end of each course when each pupil is given a bound copy of the book that was used as a basis for the course. Parents and siblings attend both events.

In the summer term a separate sporting day (climbing wall; cricket; etc) is held for different pupils from the same primary schools.

Aims of the project
To stimulate 24 Year 5 G & T pupils who would not ordinarily have access to the range of subjects offered, or the faclities at Canford. the effect is seen in the improving test results for these pupils at the primary schools.

Each year the heads of the primary schools are required by the Shine Trust to show the effect of the programme on their pupils, which they are able to do.

Information about Bursaries and Scholarships may be found by clicking the following link. here.

  • Academic scholarships
  • Art scholarships
  • Design scholarships
  • Drama scholarships
  • Music scholarships
  • Sport scholarships
  • Sixth Form scholarships
  • Clergy discounts
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils
  • Lump sum payment discounts