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20 September 2017

Sad news about Sarah Canning

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Sarah Canning at her home at Hanford.

Sarah, the daughter of Rev. Clifford Canning and Mrs C, who founded Hanford in 1947, devoted her entire adult life to the school, having served variously as headmistress, Latin and English teacher and riding instructor. She taught and inspired hundreds of girls over the years, still remembered many of them - and their nicknames - and was always delighted to hear their news right up to the end of her life. In 2004, she transferred the building and assets into a charitable trust to secure the school for future generations.

Sarah was admitted to hospital in December 2016 following a fall at home. She bore the months in hospital - and the pain of her injuries and operations - with typical stoicism. Her long stay in hospital meant that Sarah was unable to attend the school's 70th birthday celebrations in June, but she was delighted to read the many cards and messages from Old Girls.

The girls were asked to sing at the tops of their voices morning in Chapel the following day to celebrate all Sarah did for this wonderful school. We have also notified the senior schools of our more recent leavers so they are aware and are happy to offer support.

A private funeral service will be held in the near future. Details of a service of thanksgiving to be held at the school will be announced as soon as practicable and you most welcome to attend.