New Head at the Helm at Hanford

Sep 13

New Head at the Helm at Hanford

Hanford School has burst into life again with the start of a new academic year and there is a new Head, as well as lots of new girls, to welcome.  Mrs Hilary Phillips joins Hanford from Benenden School, where she was Head of Lower School, and has been busy getting to know all the girls and ensuring the first weekend back at school was full to bursting with fun and activities.

All the girls have been busy settling in and getting started with lessons, but there has been plenty of time for fun too.  Some of our youngest pupils have had fun exploring the grounds as ‘mini beast’ hunters during Science and re-writing their Form Charter, imagining what it might be like if there weren’t any school rules at all.

The first weekend of term was busy with lots of girls boarding. There was plenty of splashing and swimming in the pool, a delicious BBQ, fun and games on the lawn and tree climbing lessons of course.  On Sunday the girls enjoyed singing hymns old and new in the chapel then the business of letter writing was taken very seriously in the dining hall. We reflected on how much these letters will be treasured in these days of electronic communication.

After a fabulous roast the girls galloped, without ponies, across the fields to Shillingstone for an ice cream, had a look at the railway exhibition, enjoyed some geocaching, picked blackberries, which were turned into a crumble for supper, and had a long play in the recreation ground. Happy Hanford days!

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Mrs Phillips said of her first week at Hanford, “As a newcomer, I still see Hanford through ‘new eyes’ – the beautiful grounds and setting, the happiness and carefree attitude of the girls, the dedication of our teachers and the huge array of adventures and experiences that are part of a normal day for the girls at Hanford.  To say I feel lucky would be an understatement.  I look forward to showing our wonderful school to prospective parents at our Open Morning on Saturday 14th October; Hanford really has to be seen to be believed.   The kind of education we are able to offer our pupils is increasingly rare in our busy, pressurised world.”

Hanford’s next Open Morning is on Saturday 14 October, to book a place please contact Karen on 01258 860219 or



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