Around 30 pupils each year join Canford in the Sixth Form from a wide range of backgrounds, both educationally and geographically. After visiting the school, the submission of a completed registration form is required by October for the following academic year.
Applicants are invited to the school early in November for tests, interview and a tour of the school. Applicants from overseas may take these tests at their school. Places are offered subject to achieving a minimum of 42 points on the best seven GCSEs (where A* = 8, A = 7, B = 6, C = 5). Normally we would expect at least A grades in subjects to be studied at AS level and at least B grades in English and Mathematics.