Hanford School is a iaps for girls aged 7 to 13 in Dorset. Girls at Hanford enjoy a country life in a relaxed family atmosphere and at the same time maintain a standard of work that will enable them to fulfil their own potential.
About the school
Hanford girls climb trees, ride before breakfast, make their own clothes and develop free spirits. We want our girls to have fun and lots of it, but we also expect them to work hard. We believe this traditional approach explains why, for a small school, Hanford achieves excellent academic results with many of our girls winning scholarships to their senior school. We also have high expectations musically and artistically and that too is reflected in the large number of awards every year. We believe that the girls who come to Hanford should always be allowed to be children and to enjoy the natural life and play of a child. They should be allowed to mature in their own time and as individuals in their own right, learning how to live with other children. There is always time for play and for free imagination, which enables them to make friends and keep them. Our aim is that by the time they leave Hanford our girls will have learned to work independently without continual pressure and supervision, and will have recognized within themselves the desire and ability to achieve.
Hanford will be holding their Spring Open Morning on 9th of March 2019.
9th January 2019 — Hanford will be holding their Spring Open Morning on 9th of March 2019. Hanford is set in the heart of the beautiful Dorset countryside but is only a 2½ hour drive from London. Our nearest train station is Gillingham, which is 25 minutes by car, and our nearest town is Blandford.
Our next open morning is on Saturday 9th March from 10am until lunchtime (a light lunch is available by request). Visiting parents are given a tour of the school by our current pupils while the girls join in activities with their forms. There is also short concert in the Chapel and riding and gym displays plus there is plenty of time for chat with staff and current parents over coffee and our delicious coffee cake.Our next open morning is on Saturday 9th March from 10am until lunchtime (a light lunch is available by request). Visiting parents are given a tour of the school by our current pupils while the girls join in activities with their forms. There is also short concert in the Chapel and riding and gym displays plus there is plenty of time for chat with staff and current parents over coffee and our delicious coffee cake.
A week long festival of adventure and exploration organised by Hanford school to inspire and challenge their girls.
14th November 2018 — Hanford School organised a festival dedicated to the world of adventure and exploration. A fantastic week of talks and workshops designed to kick off their school year’s theme of ‘Spirit of Adventure.’ Girls throughout the school learnt new skills such as bush crafting and raft building. The raft they built, pictured above, worked so well the girls went on to kayak down the River Stour.
Meanwhile on dry land the speakers Kate Philp, Duncan Slater, John Bradshaw and Ed Parker, co-founder of Walking With The Wounded all talked about how physical impairments are no impediment to adventure. Sarah Outen, who circumnavigated the world by bike, kayak and ocean rowing held her audience mesmerised as she went blow by blow, literally in the case of ocean rowing, through her incredible journey.
Explorers such as local adventurer Pen Hadow, James Ketchell and Ella Al-Shamahi, from BBC’s ‘Meet the Ancestors’, reminded us of our environmental responsibilities by showing how their work fits into a global context. Closer to home athletes Anna McNuff and Sally Orange showed how essential a sense of fun and a positive mental attitude are when starting out on any new challenge. These were just a few of the highlights of a week that left the audience’s eyes, minds and hearts to making the impossible possible.
Hanford girls, staff, friends and family walked a staggering 10K to raise over £3k for charity.
22nd December 2017 — The Hanford girls have raised £3,060 by organising a sponsored walk in aid of Walking With The Wounded. This extremely worthwhile charity was founded in 2010. It supports vulnerable veterans helping to re-integrate them back into society and to sustain their independence as well as helping them to transfer their skills into the civilian workplace.
On 10th December Hanford girls, staff friends and family took part in Walking With The Wounded's Christmas charity event “Walking Home for Christmas.” Girls at Hanford actually seldom walk, they prefer to run, skip and even canter around the school at break and playtime. However, this weekend they put on their wellingtons, braved the elements and walked a staggering 10K. Their grit and determination was impressive as when the day of the walk arrived the weather had turned - it was eye-wateringly cold, blustery and wet. Despite this, the girls set off in the morning with energy and enthusiasm splashing through puddles, sharing jokes and chatting cheerfully until the very end. Their efforts were rewarded by hot soup in the hall and a giant chocolate yule log. Well done to all who took part and to those who donated. It really will make a big difference to our ex-servicemen and women this Christmas.