The age range at Hanford is from seven to thirteen with the majority arriving into the Third Form (Year 4) during the year in which they are 9. A curriculum wider than the National Curriculum is taught, including French from Year 4, and Latin to the majority of the classes.
Each year all children are tested for reading, spelling and reasoning ability and school exams are set bi-annually. Children are streamed as appropriate. The forms are named after the form teacher, each having his or her own classroom; the curriculum is taught by subject specialists, with children moving between classrooms for each lesson. There is full-time professional support for those who need specialist teaching or extra help in English or Mathematics.
In the IT room, senior children have access to more advanced software, and the Internet, under supervision. Children may send and receive e-mails. Each child has her own e-mail account.