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Canford school

In 2018 - A* & A grades at A-Level increased up to 53.19%
Address: Wimborne, Dorset BH21 3AD
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Description Canford school

Location: Dorset County, Wimborne Minster
Age of students: 13 - 18 years old
Programs: High School, (I) GCSE, A-level, Pre-U
Number of students: 640
Foundation year: 1923
Type of education: joint
Accommodation: boarding house, from 13 years old
Price: from 11 000 GBP per term with accommodation
Ranking: A-level results - 6th place in national rating Private boarding schools, Pre-U - 2 place

Canford school is one of the most prestigious private boarding schools in Britain. Located in a picturesque village in Dorset County, Canford school occupies grounds of Wimborne Manor. The campus stands on the river bank. It is surrounded by a rich Victorian arboretum. The school infrastructure is located on a territory of 100 hectares. The campus has everything you need for a comfortable stay, an interesting pastime.

Foreign students can enter the school from the 13 years old. In the educational institution there is a waiting list for admission, as in many other private schools in the UK. Admission to the school is based on the results of examinations (surrendered in their school) and interviews.

The educational institution functions as a day school and a boarding school. 5% of total number of students are foreign students. Stuyding is offered in small classes (up to 14 people). The ratio of students and teachers is 7:1.

Foreign students can study in the school only with a sufficient level of English proficiency. The requirements are quite high: minimum IELTS 6.0. Students who need to improve their English skills can be offered summer courses based on the school. During studying, foreign students are given an opportunity to additionally study the language optional (free classes 2 times a week). Individual lessons are also available to students (on a paid basis).

A lot of extracurricular activities are organized for students of all educational levels at the school. They have an entertaining, informative, athletic profile. Particular attention is paid to the physical and creative development of students. 

Programs and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Canford school

Program name
from 12 686 £ / term

In the 9th grade, compulsory subjects (physics, technology and design, physical culture, mathematics, chemistry, biology, history, geography, computer technology, religion and philosophy, classical civilizations and Latin, Spanish, German, drama, music ). Also elective disciplines are provided: computer facilities and ICT, foreign languages.

from 12 686 £ / term

The school offers A-level training. But some elements of IB are included in the educational process. They are adapted for the needs of the educational process. From IB, the fundamentals of research work, the theory of knowledge (within the framework of the general education course of "Communication") are taught at the school.

In the 12-13 grades students choose 3-4 subjects for in-depth study from the following groups:

1.Latyn, Physics, Higher Mathematics, English, Economics, Chemistry, Business Basics.

2.Music, Higher Mathematics, Classical Civilizations, History, English, Biology.

[ 999.8] 3.Politics, geography, economics, higher mathematics, design, drama, chemistry, business.

4.Religion Studies, Physical Education, Mathematics, Modern History, Geography, Biology.

from 12 686 £ / term

At Cambridge Pre-U, students are invited to study fine arts, design, French and Spanish. Also available are paid lessons of Russian, Italian, Polish, Chinese.

from 12 686 £ / term

In the 10-11 grades, the required group of subjects includes English literature, English, philosophy, mathematics, the course of "Communication". In addition to studying, there are 7 subjects to choose from. Students can master chemistry, biology, physics, geography, French, Spanish, German, music, business basics, fine arts, drama, and a number of other disciplines.

Accommodation and food

The school offers accommodation in a residence on campus. The housing stock is represented by 7 dormitory residences. Each is designed to accommodate 60 to 65 students. Students live in 2 - 4-bed comfortable rooms. In general, residences have recreation areas, laundries, facilities for internal sports infrastructure, mini-kitchens with coffee equipment, furniture.

The meals in the school are organized according to the boarding principle. The dining room offers a wide selection of European and British dishes. It is also possible to organize dietary, vegetarian meals.

Subjects, specialties

Subjects list: art, biology, business, Business fundamentals, chemistry, Chinese, Classical civilization, design, design, drama, economics, English, English literature, French, geography, German, Higher mathematics, history, Informatics and Communication, Information Technology, Italian language, Latin language, maths, modern technologies, music, philosophy, physical Culture, physics, policy, Polish language, Religious studies, Russian language, Spanish,  Modern history


  • Canford school is one of the best British private boarding schools. Annually, more than 88% of its students receive A-B grades for A-level.
  • The academic specialization of the school lies in the field of the British national education system. The A-level program provides effective preparation for entering the university.
  • High-quality educational services. Level of academic preparation of students is indicated by the number of positive answers from Oxbridge. 70% of graduates enter the leading universities of Britain and the world.
  • Highly qualified specialists. Teachers help students develop strength of character, responsibility, ambitiousness, leadership qualities. Students of the school demonstrate high awareness in the subject areas and cultural competence, understand the depth of their social and moral obligations to society.
  • The basis of the school is the highest Christian values.

Equipment Canford school

The Canford school infrastructure includes main school building with classrooms, laboratories, a library with a multi-thousand printed fund and modern electronic resources, a computer, a media center, a conference room, a lounge zone. There is also an art gallery, its own theater.

For creative development of students on the campus, a music school with 9 piano studios, a recording studio, an organ hall is open.

Sports infrastructure is represented by a track and field stadium, sports center with gyms, fitness hall, swimming pool, tennis and squash courts, several fields with a grass cover, playgrounds for team games, a golf course. 

Term dates and fees

Academic year: September - January.

Additional fees:

  • registration fee 200 pounds
  • deposit of one trimester amount (returned upon graduation)

Entry requirements and extra fees how to apply, what is required to enrol

Required documents, depending on the type of institution:

camp / language school
  • copy of 1 page
  • certificate of language proficiency (if any)
private school, boardinghouse
  • copy of the 1 Pages of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school report card with grades for the last 2-4 years (depending on the school)
  • school registration form
  • recommendation letters from Teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and a class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal
  • Testing for knowledge of mathematics, language, other subjects
  • Interview with a representative of the school (possibly in person or by Skype)
  • Literacy, awards, student personal achievements (if any)
  • motivation letter (not for all schools)
  • passport size photo (depending on the school from 1 to 12 pcs)
  • medical certificate of the general health of the child , Discharge of vaccinations
  • birth certificate of the schoolboy (s)
  • copy of the page 1 passport of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school certificate for the bachelor, diploma of Higher education for the master
  • letters of recommendation from teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and the class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal / dean
  • certificates, awards, personal achievements of the student (if any)
  • motivation letter / personal statement
  • interview with a representative of the institution


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Canford school reviews

Anatoly K., dad of student Maxim

We sent the youngest son to study at Canford school: the eldest in Britain received higher education, and we knew about the quality of local education and decided for the younger to start the process early, so that later it would be easier and he would feel more confident.

The Canford school suited us perfectly in all respects: strong teachers in mathematics (my son has a bias in exact sciences), good living conditions, and many useful extra-curricular opportunities. For example, the British are simply obsessed with sports, so it’s simply impossible to not engage in physical education here - we believe that this is a plus, adolescents and children should develop harmoniously, both boys and girls. There is a large selection of electives, so that children will not be bored, although there is almost no free time, the first months Maxim was very tired. Then he got used to and got involved.

Thanks to our manager Angelina for the sensible consultations and professional organization of the receipt - everything was clear and on time, without delay, hidden commissions of some kind and contentious issues.


Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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