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Canford School

Canford School CrestOur Sponsor - Canford School

In 2007, Canford School was approached by the Department for Education to consider the possibility of sponsoring an academy. After an assessment of several different schools, it was agreed in the Autumn of 2008 that Canford would sponsor King’s High School in Hadow Road, Bournemouth. 

As a sponsor, Canford would offer time, expertise and support without financial input. Renamed 'The Bourne Academy' the school opened its doors to students in September 2010. Click here for 10th Anniversary of the partnership, 2010-2020.  

A key part of the vision for the new academy was that it would be at the heart of the community of East Howe, offering local families an excellent education, new opportunities and facilities available to all. Raising pupils’ expectations, building their self-confidence and teaching them appropriate skills that allow them to build a successful career and contribute to society were, and remain, central to The Bourne Academy’s aims.

Canford’s belief that good education depends crucially on the relationships between staff, pupils, parents and key stakeholders was another core part of the vision. Mutual support, pride, ambition, trust and high expectations combine to allow impressive academic achievements against a background of respect. The Bourne Academy’s vision is articulated clearly through the mnemonic, ASPIRE, to develop citizens who are ambitious, self-confident, physically literate, independent learners, resilient and emotionally literate.

Canford School kindly provides the opportunity for Year 11 Academy students to apply for a scholarship to the prestigious school’s 6th Form. Students have to sit several exams, attend two interviews and achieve excellent GCSE results.  The following Academy students have all left Canford School, click on their name to find out more:

The following Academy students are still attending Canford School:

               2024                                                                                                                              James Kelly & Tiegan Hulbert  
               2025                                                                                                                                Zara Sosic & Marisa Silva  

In 2016, the schools came together for their first joint Teaching and Learning Conference held at Canford.  The aim of the conference was for teachers from both schools to share knowledge and experiences and to develop their understanding of best practice and techniques to develop pupil learning.   For further information, please read 'Improving Outcomes'.

Click here to visit Canford's website.