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

Hanford School
Hanford School
DT11 8HN
Coordinates50°53′57″N 2°13′19″W / 50.89926°N 2.22206°W / 50.89926; -2.22206
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
Local authorityDorset
Department for Education URN113911 Tables
Head teacherMrs Hilary Phillips
Age7 to 13
Enrolmentc. 100
Grounds45 acres (18 ha)

History edit

Hanford House was built in Jacobean style in 1604, or 1620,[1] and completed in 1623,[2] 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,[3] 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."[4]

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.[5] In 1959, the school was taken over by their daughter, Sarah. In 1960, the building was listed as grade II*,[6] ten days after the nearby Church of St Michael and All Angels.[7] After retiring as headmistress in 2003, she handed the school over to the Hanford School Charitable Trust in 2004, which now runs it.[1]

Boarding pupils are split into two houses – Fan’s for year 8 pupils and Main House for all other years.  

Headmasters and Mistresses edit

  • The Reverend Clifford and Enid Canning (1947 - 1959)
  • Sarah Canning (1959 - 2003)
  • Michael and Ann Sharp (1980s - 2003)
  • Robert and Kate Mackenzie Johnston (1994 - 2003)
  • Nigel and Sarah Mackay (2003 - 2014)
  • Rory and George Johnston (2014 - 2023)
  • Mrs Hilary Phillips (2023 - to present)

Notable staff edit

Notable alumni edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Hanford School". The Good Schools Guide. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Hanford House". Great Houses. Dorsetshire.com. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Day, Michael (31 May 2002). "Hanford (St. Michael)". Dorset Churches. Michael Day. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  5. ^ "New prospectus shows Hanford's unique approach to learning". This is Dorset. 23 July 2010. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  6. ^ "Hanford School, Hanford". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  7. ^ "Church of St Michael and All Angels, Hanford". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  8. ^ "My School Sport: Sarah Butt". The Telegraph – Sport. 23 January 2001. Retrieved 5 May 2011.

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