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Breadth of Education

Canford is all about opportunities. Academic work combines with a wide range of co-curricular activities. Whether your passion is for balls or greasepaint, or water or bees, the chance and encouragement are here. We want our pupils to develop the qualities to live life in all its fullness and to contribute richly to society. Our environment is structured and yet allows our young people to grow as individuals. 

Societies run regularly in the evenings and offer the chance to extend academic interests and sharpen ideas. Heretics, John O'Gaunt's, Politicos, Tower, Ichthyans and the Literary Society, among others, offer pupils and staff opportunities to present papers or listen to invited speakers on a vast array of topics linked to literature, history, politics debating, classics and sciences.

Annual trips abroad for academic, sporting or cultural reasons or to help in community projects are extremely popular.   India, Tanzania, Argentina, Spain, Holland and Egypt are among recent destinations.

The Combined Cadet Force (CCF), the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme and Canford's own adventure training programme provide opportunities for outdoor pursuits. 

Breadth is an essential feature of Canford life.