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Educational Partnership Days

Each June, as part of its ongoing commitment to work with and support pupils educationally from a range of backgrounds, Canford holds an educational partnership day, with Lower Sixth pupils from Canford joining those from academy and local secondary schools for a varied and challenging programme of activities aimed at sparking discussion and inspiring reflection on the ways we think and learn. The day also offers the opportunity to explore the scope of life beyond school and the variety of career options open to pupils today, and to prepare for the potential career paths of the future.  Since its inception, schools participating have included the Globe Ark Academy, the City of London Academy, Queen Anne’s School Caversham, The Purbeck School and The Bourne Academy. 

In 2021, the Partnership Day moved to its first online event, welcoming Dame Mary Richardson whose lifelong commitment has been to help break cycles of deprivation and to support project the young which provide opportunity and hope particularly to those who have little of either. This was followed by talks on presentation skills and applying for jobs and university courses, and the opportunity to take part in some group challenges and discussions involving pupils across the schools. 


Canford Headmaster Ben Vessey said:

“It has been a difficult and challenging few years across the educational sector. The Covid-19 crisis has forced all of us to reconsider the way we do things, to adapt and to rise to the various challenges that the pandemic has posed. It is in the spirit of embracing this challenge that we offer our Educational Partnership Day for bright and ambitious pupils with a wide range of different educational experiences taking part.”

Pupil Involvement

Pupils involved are in the Lower Sixth Form (Year 12).


This is a yearly event.