A gem of a school in a setting of beauty in rural Dorset, Canford is totally unpretentious despite its many advantages. The main school building is a grade I-listed manor house that was re-designed by Sir Charles Barry, architect of the houses of parliament, in the 19th century. It is a properly mixed school, with girls and boys joining in nearly equal numbers.
Results are easily as good as other co-ed schools with illustrious names, currently Maths and Chemistry are the stand out subjects at a level. Sport is also a big deal here with an emphasis on team sports and Canford teams score notable success at every level.
Canford benefits from being a full two hours by train from London where one can take further connections to London and Gatwick.