The main points for entry to Canford are at 13+ and 16+. There is also the possibility of 14+ entry if space is available and if test results and school report indicate that the applicant is able to embark successfully on a two-year GCSE programme.
After visiting the school, the submission of a completed registration form and fee secures a place on the Headmaster's List. Children are then invited to Canford for a day in Year 7 which involves assessments in literacy, numeracy and reasoning as well as interviews and group activities. The number of places available by this route will vary from year to year but over recent years around 65% of those who attended Headmaster's List assessments were later offered conditional places.
Most pupils come to Canford from a wide variety of preparatory schools, having taken Common Entrance there. Our pass mark of 55% ensures that pupils are comfortably challenged by our academic pace and curriculum and can proceed to success in 10 GCSEs and 3 or 4 A levels.
Those not at a prep school sit the Canford Entrance Tests during the Spring of Year 8. These do not require candidates to have followed a particular curriculum and they aim simply to identify academic potential. Sample Canford Entrance Test papers are available from the Admissions Office.
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