Address: Child Okeford, Blandford, Dorset DT11 8HN
Website: hanfordschool.co.uk
Founded: 1947
Number of Pupils: 90
Ages: 7–13
Fees: Boarding – £8,480; Day – £6,500
Head Teacher: Hilary Phillips
Religious Affiliation: Church of England
Entrance Procedure: No formal entrance exam. All enquiries are welcomed.
Contact: Karen Mallinson, Head of Admissions
Email: [email protected]
School Visits: Prospective parents are welcome at any time. We hold Open Mornings /Taster Days throughout the year.

The Curriculum

Our curriculum is based on the Common Entrance syllabus which incorporates the National Curriculum. Additionally, girls learn Latin, current affairs, ICT, religious education, drama, music and music appreciation, art appreciation, art, pottery and handwork/textiles.

Games & The Arts

Sport covers netball, hockey, tennis, gymnastics, cricket, pop lacrosse, rounders, athletics, cross country and swimming. Hanford is also famous for its riding and busy stables; nearly all girls have riding lessons, many bringing their own pony back to school.

Pastoral Care

Boarding is a key part of Hanford life – each of the girls has their own bed at school whether they are full boarders, flexi-boarders or day girls. This ensures that each girl feels at home at the school. With an amazing team of Matrons, Nurses and gaps, all the girls receive individual attention and support in a homely atmosphere.

Senior Exit Schools

Choosing a Senior school can be a daunting prospect at times however Hanford prides itself on helping parents find the right school for their child. The Head and senior staff are particularly well placed to help and advise with this important decision.  

Recent Scholarships

Hanford girls enjoy great academic success and their achievements are particularly impressive given that it is a non selective school. Last year a total of 11 girls were given scholarships, exhibitions and awards to senior schools of their choice; a third of the year group gained an art scholarship or award. Schools included Sherborne Girls, St Mary’s Calne, Godolphin, Blundells, King’s Bruton and Bedales.

Head Teacher’s Philosophy

Hanford allows children to be children, to enjoy their childhood while providing the opportunity to excel in any sphere. Hanford nurtures the seeds of achievement and independence of all girls allowing them to flourish wherever they go.

Outstanding Characteristics

It’s a school where academic achievement sits comfortably alongside high spirits, mutual support, clubs and committees, ponies and riding before breakfast, home grown food and flowers. In a world which expects conformity, Hanford encourages individuality and provides a magical home-from-home environment.