Hanford is an all girls boarding and day independent prep school set in glorious Dorset countryside where girls are encouraged to find new interests and pursue their passions. Year on year they achieve impressive scholarship results both in the classroom and on the pitches.
Our purpose is to enable both girls and staff to live fulfilling, happy and varied lives by means of an inspiring and adventurous education.

Come and visit us!

Please get in touch to arrange a private visit or sign up for our next Open Morning on Saturday 3rd February 2024.

As well as a tour of the school, activities, displays and delicious cakes and flapjacks, your daughter can take part in a Hanford Challenge at an Open Morning. These can range from learning how to go ‘around the world’ on a pony,  being shown how to climb the first branch or two of our famous climbing tree or making homemade bread and cooking it over a campfire. The Open Mornings are always fun, informal and informative. If you would like to attend please call Karen in Admissions on 01258 860219 or click on the ‘Book a place at Open Morning’ button.

Book a place at Open Morning


“They’ve been smiling from ear to ear ever since they joined Hanford and we credit you entirely for the confidence and happiness that seems to have followed them through their life ever since.”

“This prep school defies the odds to offer one of the most magical upbringings a little girl can dream of.  Every day brings a new adventure…”

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