'The high quality boarding experience is a key feature of the school.' (ISI Inspectorate)
There are seven boarding houses at Canford: Court, Franklin, Monteacute and School for boys; Beaufort, de Lacy and Marriotts for girls. There is also a small additional boarding house for Sixth Formers called Tennis Court Lodge, currently used as an additional boarding facility by Monteacute pupils.
While the housemaster/mistress provides continuity of care from before arrival through to university and beyond, each house tutor will share responsibility for one year-group's welfare and academic progress. The objective is to provide clear guidance and support without stifling individuality.
Above all else, the house is home. Pupils remain in the house unit throughout their time in the school, learning from each other and taking on different roles as they move up the year groups.
Each house has a married housemaster/mistress, three tutors (one resident in each boarding house) and at least one house matron. House year groups vary between ten and fifteen and each house numbers sixty to sixty-five.
The houses are welcoming social environments but they are also places for the nurture of independent study. Each house has a library, internet access and, above all, a purposeful air. They also provide the context in which initiatives such as charity work or directing a play might be attempted.
For a general overview of boarding life, please click here
Canford is a full boarding school. There is no weekly boarding. For information about our programme of weekend activities, please click here.
Canford's boarding provision was rated Outstanding in all areas in the 2011 Ofsted inspection. For the full report, please click here.
For a Statement of our Boarding Principles and Practice, please click here.