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A legendary girls’ country prep school that delivers a fine schooling around an English country childhood. In many ways traditional – pony riding, tree climbing, gardening and handwork are all key activities – the school nonetheless blew parents away with its remote teaching provision. If you want the full seclusive, immersive experience of Hanford – because shared experience and the joyous intensity of living together with your friends are what the school is all about – then you board, and that’s what four-fifths do. But boarding…

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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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Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2014, Rory Johnston BA (Cantab). Mr J, to the girls, has used his past life in the City to good effect ensuring that Hanford’s future is healthy and secure. After many years in finance he followed the hunch of a friend who reckoned he’d make a good teacher and landed the top job at Hanford after a stint as head of classics and boarding housemaster at Horris Hill. 
‘A brilliant headmaster – he likes running it his own way but he’s completely saved the school,’ said one mother. 'Extremely clever, he’s been very good for the academic side,’ remarked another.

‘I’d only been teaching for four years when I joined here and my views have changed quite a lot over time,’ he told us. ‘Teaching has made me happier, more...

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Special Education Needs

At Hanford, while we can cater for most on this list, we have particular expertise in Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and EAL. 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
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
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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