Hanford School Website Design

Hanford is an independent prep school for girls based in Blandford, Dorset. They contacted us to refresh their website and move them over to the WordPress platform.

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Bespoke Design
Wordpress Development
Support & Maintenance


Redesigning a website for a leading
private school

Hanford offer a unique take on the boarding school experience with no uniform, lots of ponies and a very relaxed atmosphere. With their academic achievements shining with over 50 scholarships and awards in 5 years, this ethos is clearly working. Find out how we redesigned their website which incorporated complex functionality with a separate parent portal and a student ISI login.


Increase in Unique Pageviews


Reduction in Exits


Increase in Time on Page


We needed the designs to be in keeping with the Hanford branding but with such a unique ethos, we wanted to make the website very distinctive to differentiate them from all the other independent schools in the area. We came up with a clean green and white themed design with a minimal touch of pink on icons. As Hanford had such wonderful photography, we wanted to make sure of these within the designs. We coupled this design with numerous elegant but bold typefaces to ensure that it was easy to read and navigate through:

With so many activities and messages to portray, the structure of the site was very important when it came to designing its layout. In terms of making the site unique, we decided to develop several templates to use one of which is a checkerboard approach.


The new website was created from scratch to the bespoke requirements which was set up on the WordPress platform. As the site was created from scratch, we were able to make all the pages, images, text, etc all content managed so that they could update it as and when needed.


Highly recommend Will and the team at Authentic Style, Dorset. They are a talented bunch who took our brief and over delivered. We are delighted with our new website which is fast, responsive, easy to use and beautiful to look at.

Candice Raby
Hanford School