Hanford School

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Hanford School
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Hanford School
Established 1947
Religion Church of England
Headteacher Rory Johnston
Location DT11 8HN
50°53′57″N 2°13′19″W / 50.89926°N 2.22206°W / 50.89926; -2.22206Coordinates: 50°53′57″N 2°13′19″W / 50.89926°N 2.22206°W / 50.89926; -2.22206
Local authority Dorset
DfE number 835/6001
DfE URN 113911 Tables
Students c. 100
Gender Girls
Ages 7–13
Grounds 45 acres (18 ha)
Website www.hanfordschool.com

Hanford School is a girls' boarding preparatory school located in Hanford, near Shillingstone, Childe Okeford, Dorset, England, established in 1947 and located in a grade II* listed house built in 1604 by Sir Robert Seymer.


The school does not have a motto.[1]

Sue Carpenter described the school as "an adorable throwback to an Enid Blyton era, set in a Jacobean manor and beautiful grounds in Dorset, where pupils canter over the downs before breakfast and do scripture classes in the box-hedge garden."[2]

The two houses are called the Main House and Fan’s House.


Hanford House was built in Jacobean style in 1604, or 1620,[3] and completed in 1623,[4] by Sir Robert Seymer, who was a teller of the Exchequer and who was knighted in 1619, and whose family had lived in Hanford for several centuries,[5] and the small Gothic chapel was built in 1650. Country Life magazine wrote in 1905 that "the chapel is a picturesque building with a high gable, pleasant to look at, and within are several memorials of the Seymers."[6]

In 1947, the house and grounds were bought by the Reverend and Mrs. Clifford Canning and converted to a school. Clifford Canning had been headmaster of Canford School.[7] In 1959, the school was taken over by their daughter, Sarah. In 1960, the building was listed as grade II*,[8] ten days after the nearby Church of St Michael and All Angels.[9] After retiring as headmistress in 2003, she handed the school over to the Hanford School Charitable Trust in 2004, which now runs it.[3]

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  1. ^ "Hanford School, Childe Okeford, Blandford, Dorset DT11 8HN". Tatler's Schools Guide. Tatler. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Carpenter, Sue (22 May 2010). "'Please send me away to school, Mum!': What do you do when your daughter wants to be a boarder?". Mail Online. Associated Newspapers. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Hanford School". The Good Schools Guide. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Hanford House". Great Houses. www.Dorsetshire.com. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Burke, Bernhard (1852). "Seymer of Hanford". A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain & Ireland for 1852, page 1216. Colburn and Co. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Day, Michael (31 May 2002). "Hanford (St. Michael)". Dorset Churches. Michael Day. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "New prospectus shows Hanford's unique approach to learning". This is Dorset. Northcliffe Media. 23 July 2010. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Hanford School, Hanford". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "Church of St Michael and All Angels, Hanford". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "My School Sport: Sarah Butt". The Telegraph - Sport. Telegraph Media Group. 23 January 2001. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 

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