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Ask any former parent or pupil about Hanford and you’ll be bombarded by passionate paeans in celebration of its glories: its quirkiness, its changelessness, its quintessential Englishness. This was the school where the late Tara Palmer-Tompkinson remembered, ‘After swimming we used to run naked round the gardens because it saved the bother of tumble-drying the towels.’ A lot of people think that Hanford is an alternative sort of school. Couldn’t be wider of the mark. Kindness matters most here. Close on its heels comes…

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Hanford provides a perfect combination by giving its girls a secure academic framework and discipline, but also fostering their free spirits in a way which is rare in a world of increasing educational uniformity. If you want your child to have the opportunity to excel and to enjoy their childhood to the full, then come and pay us a visit. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2014, Rory Johnston BA (Cantab), Mr J to the girls. He’s a classicist, a good fit for a school which has always excelled at classics. He’s also a chartered accountant, a good fit for a school whose finances needed some grip - he’s already upped the numbers and restored balance. Parted company with the City after 20 years and followed the hunch of a friend who reckoned he’d make a good teacher. Previously head of classics and boarding housemaster at Horris Hill. Wife Georgina, Mrs J to the girls, George to parents, works alongside him and heads up pastoral care. Very highly rated. Rory and George have two children.

Sarah Canning, daughter of the founders, head and owner since 1959, handed over to a charitable trust in 2003. She...

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Special Education Needs

We provide support as follows: English: Two part-time teachers, covering a full timetable, offer support to girls during times other than their allocated English lessons. Lessons are primarily for individuals, but in just a few instances they are for pairs or small groups of girls. The Special Needs teachers liaise very closely with the teachers of English. Mathematics: one part-time Mathematics teacher offers support to individuals requiring help. Lessons are in addition to the normal allocation of Maths lessons.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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