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Hanford School
Childe Okeford, DT11 8HL, UK Blandford Forum
+44 (0)1258 860219


Hanford is a preparatory school for some 100 girls aged 7 to 13, set in 45 acres of rolling Dorset countryside. While the great majority of our children board, we have always welcomed day girls who live locally or who do not yet want to board full-time.

A beautiful Jacobean house, surrounded by lawns and formal gardens, lies at the heart of Hanford. Flowers, fruit and vegetables for the school are grown in a large walled garden, and add to the feeling of living in a family house.


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.

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