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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


656 pupils

Canford School case studies (67)

City of London Academy


  • Canford School
  • City of London Academy
  • Academic
  • Higher education application
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Multiple Mini Interviews


  • Canford School
  • Poole Grammar School
  • Parkstone Grammar School
  • Academic
  • Career guidance
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The Elm Academy


  • Canford School
  • The Elm Academy
  • Academic
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Magna Care Home


  • Canford School
  • Magna Care Home
  • Community work/fundraising
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Impact of partnership work done in 2019 (ISC annual Census 2020)

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

Academies or free schools sponsored

  • The Bourne Academy

*Please note, data shown here is from the 2020 Census for partnerships in 2019, rather than from the 2021 Census. This is due to the impact of COVID-19 on full year collection for 2021. The coronavirus pandemic has forced many schools to put some partnership projects on hold until restrictions are eased.

Impact Statement

The Canford School mission is:

‘To build a community of open minded people who are motivated to embrace learning in all its forms, and committed to making a difference to their own lives, and to the lives of others. Our exceptional education grants the freedom to grow and creates opportunities for all to explore, to excel and to excel.’

Canford regards links with and service in the community as a natural dimension of learning. The sense of giving and co-operative achievement on which boarding school life is built here is extended beyond the school gates.

Within the programme, each week Sixth Formers take part in voluntary work every Monday afternoon. Canford has many long standing links with voluntary projects in the local community, such as teaching in primary schools, working with handicapped adults at a day centre and providing activity breaks for children in an inner city community in Southampton. Younger pupils who do not join the CCF are involved in conservation activities either on the school site or in conjunction with the Dorset Wildlife Trust, for example on Brownsea Island, or with the local authority. Twice a year, on Enterprise Day, pupils are able to devote a whole day to their particular voluntary project. The information below gives a flavour of our community service work and the positive impact it has made.

David Allen, Director of Community Action said: “The projects encourage pupils to become aware of themselves as members of a wider community with responsibilities towards each other. They give a sense of self-worth and help pupils leave school as well rounded individuals.”

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
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils