|Religion||Church of England|
|DfE URN||113911 Tables|
|Grounds||45 acres (18 ha)|
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.
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."
The two houses are called the Main House and Fan’s House.
Hanford House was built in Jacobean style in 1604, or 1620, and completed in 1623, 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, 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."
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. In 1959, the school was taken over by their daughter, Sarah. In 1960, the building was listed as grade II*, ten days after the nearby Church of St Michael and All Angels. After retiring as headmistress in 2003, she handed the school over to the Hanford School Charitable Trust in 2004, which now runs it.
- Amanda Foreman
- Lady Liza Campbell
- Millie Mackintosh Made in Chelsea
- Santa Montefiore
- Tara Palmer-Tomkinson
- Dame Emma Kirkby
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