Canford School: Wimborne, Dorset, UK

Wimborne, Dorset, United Kingdom

Canford School: Wimborne, Dorset, UK

Price Range ₤ 30,000 - 40,000 per annum


One of top independent private boarding schools in Dorset, United Kingdom! Canford school in Wimborne is a co-educational boarding school in Dorset. At Canford, we have taught A levels for many years.  For us, the excitement of A level teaching remains undimmed and we believe that there are huge challenges in mastering the content of any of the A levels we offer.  The A* grade, introduced in 2010, provides a real and demanding target for the most able.

It would not help many of our pupils, we feel, to study the six subjects (including English, Maths and a foreign language) required by the International Baccalaureate.   We believe that there is ample scope at GCSE level for pupils to test their ability in a wide range of subjects.  The Sixth Form becomes a time to begin the process of specialisation for a University degree.  For more information about Sixth Form academic study including AS level options,  please click here.

There are elements of the IB programme which we like, however, and have adapted these into our Sixth Form curriculum.   The IB's extended essay has led to the introduction of Extended Project Qualifications (EPQs) for interested Lower Sixth.  The Theory of Knowledge component has been threaded throughout Canford's unique General Studies programme, called Connections, giving pupils in every year group the chance to place into a wider context the knowledge they gain through subject lessons.  For further information about our Academic Enrichment programmes, please click on the link on the right.

By using the Cambridge Pre-U where appropriate (currently in Art and Modern languages) alongside A levels we believe we have a modern Sixth Form curriculum that offers the most flexible combination for today’s sixth-former.


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International application fee: 200 GBP

Cost of tuition

7 days boarding: 31 122 + 10 374 dep

Summer Programs

Dukes International Summer School provides   a variety of English and Enrichment courses taught by professionally qualified teachers for 11-15 year-olds boys and girls.  Students receive 15 hours of tuition per week and have six study options to choose from.  All classes are multinational with a maximum of 15 students per class.
Start dates: 9.07, ( 2,3,4,5 weeks) 23.07 ( 2,3 weeks) 30.07 ( 2 weeks)

2 weeks -  £2,900

3 weeks - £4,350

4 weeks - £5,600

5 weeks - £7,250

General English

For all levels of English, from beginners to advanced level students.  Students develop their grammar and vocabulary, as well as their confidence in using English, through a series of engaging weekly tasks and projects.

Summer Study

For students with an upper intermediate or advanced level of English, Summer Study develops English language skills through the study of interesting and engaging subjects, including English Literature, History, Science and creative writing.  A perfect course for students wishing to develop their English language skills for further study. Supplementary Cost: £145pw

English Through Football

For students with an intermediate to advanced level of English; who want to develop their game and language skills! Students will experience professional coaching, practical lessons and visit a UK Premier League stadium.  The course includes 15 hours per week of classroom-based Football themed-lessons, as well as four afternoons of professional coaching.  Supplementary Cost: £145pw

English Through Acting

Perfect for students of an intermediate to advanced level of English who have a love of acting and performance. Students will develop both their English language and acting skills, through interactive and coummunicative activities.  At the end of the course students will deliver short performances as part of a Trinity Acting and Speaking exam. Supplementary Cost: £145pw

 Introduction to Business

Through this immersive courses, students with an intermediate to advanced level of English, will get a real insight into the world of business. They will study areas such as finance, marketing, branding and business strategy, whilst developing their practical English language skills in fun and dynamic projects. Supplementary Cost: £145pw

Introduction to International Relations

For students with an intermediate to advanced level of English, lessons introduce students to concepts of world politics and global issues. Students develop their English language skills through a series of topical debates, presentations and critical thinking tasks.  Supplementary Cost: £145pw

Social Programme

The social programme is a brilliant opportunity for students to spend time with their new friends and try lots of new and exciting activities.  Students can also choose English Plus+ options, to replace the multi-activity programme, on two afternoons per week for an additional cost.  Our English Plus+ students will join the multi-activity programme for the rest of the week.


Students will experience a range of exciting activities including; sports, arts & crafts, cookery and discos.  The fun and immersive programme gives  students the opportunity to spend time with friends, relax and enjoy their summer school experience.

 English Plus+ Adventure Sports

These exciting options include activities such as high ropes, raft building, and go-karting.  Adventure Sports takes place on two afternoons per week. 

English Plus+ Horse Riding

Learn how to ride and care for horses with qualified instructors.  The course is suitable for beginners, or for those with a bit more horse riding experience.  Horse Riding takes place on two afternoons per week.

English Plus+ Dance

The course is suitable for students of all levels, and will give students the opportunity to explore a number of dance styles including modern and street.  At the end of the course dance students will do a short performance.

 English Plus+ Intensive English Writing

This course is suitable for students with an intermediate to advanced level of English who need to focus on developing their written English.  Intensive English: Writing, takes place on two afternoons per week

English Plus+ Intensive English Speaking

This course is available to students of all English Language levels.  Small classes help students further develop their speaking and listening skills, focusing on pronunciation and fluency.

 English Plus+ Art & Design

A two-week course for creative students looking to develop their artistic skills.  Students will build a portfolio across a variety of areas, including, photography, painting, drawing and sculpture sssssssculpture sculpture.  sss



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