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Life at Canford

Canfordians are ordinary young men and women with extraordinary opportunities.

Ben Vessey

Canford is a school which aims to challenge the intellect and broaden the vision. It engages pupils with a myriad of experiences that instil confidence and ambition. But it also seeks to provide them with an understanding that education is something to be treasured and to be used both for the individual and to make a difference more widely. Passing through the school un-noticed is not an option; pupils are taught to find their talents and confront their weaknesses. The keys are trust and high expectations.

In order to fulfil their potential and take advantage of all the opportunities a boarding school offers, pupils need to feel safe and cared for.  Our pastoral programme ensures that every pupil feels valued as an individual in a happy and secure environment.  As a Christian foundation, spiritual well-being is important not only in terms of exploring individual faith but also in supporting pupils through the many life challenges they face during their teenage years.

Fostering the capacity to cope with the demands of 21st century living, while encouraging pupils to understand themselves and
develop emotional resilience is what we aim for through our extensive pastoral programme.

Nick Hunter - Deputy Head, Pastoral