Success Stories

We are incredibly proud of all the girls we teach at Hanford and all they achieve during their time with us in music, art, sport and academics.

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Success at Hanford is not just qualified by awards and prizes per se. It is also about the personal milestones, overcoming fears and reaching your goal. Behind every success story is an embarrassing first effort, a wobble, a setback or a complete change of direction but at Hanford we aim to teach girls to learn, move on and keep going.

For nearly 3 decades there has only been year in which we have not received a senior school award. In the past 4 years we have had 37 Senior School Awards in all disciplines – all round, academic, art, music, drama, DT and sport.

Below are a few case studies of what success means to Hanford

Academic

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Recent success – this year includes and Academic Scholarship to Bryanston and an Academic Scholarship to Bedales Hanford has always encouraged independence, not just in the day to day life but in thinking and the approach the girls take to their academic work. To think critically and have the courage of your convictions is actively encouraged by the teaching staff.

Art

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Recent success – this year has been a particularly strong one for creativity at Hanford, with six of the girls being given respectively three art scholarships and two art awards. One girl achieved a first for Hanford, a DT scholarship.

Creativity is an essential part of life at Hanford and is not just confined to paper, ink and clay but is also expressed through timetabled art appreciation and handwork lessons. Lucy, who runs the art department at Hanford, is incredibly ambitious for the girls and is always looking for new ways to stretch them to the limits of their abilities. Her recent task was to ask the girls to tackle the challenge of painting close up portraits of themselves on large scale canvas. This remarkably difficult task which requires maintaining perspective, texture and differentiation over large area was tackled by the UVIth with impressive results.

Sport

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Recent success – Hanford are again U13 Dorset Cross Country Champions. We entered two teams at the County Championships at King’s Park, Bournemouth. The U15 team: Mary W, Alice P, Zara V, Poppy W and Lily MG came 3rd, an impressive feat considering they were taking on much older children. Meanwhile the U13 team: Clemmie CE, Ophelia J, Eliza E, Annabel T, Polly W and Matilda M took on an impressive field to emerge overall winners with Clemmie coming 3rd individually. This is the 6th year Hanford have won this title Clemmie CE ran an impressive race coming 15th overall.

Hanford girls seldom walk, they skip, canter, run and hop around the school so boundless is their energy. Girls run before breakfast and in the afternoons across the fields that surround the school, come rain or shine. Sometimes they go out just for the sheer fun of running, encouraging members of staff to join in; even the Headmaster has been known to ditch his bike on occasion, so contagious is their enthusiasm.

Music

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Recent successes – The Hanford Choir was chosen to perform at the Christmas Carol service for RAPt at Chelsea Old Church. At this prestigious event the girls performed alongside an impressive line up including Alistair McGowan, Lady Jeanne Galway, Dame Harriet Walter and Joely Richardson.