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Children put on their boiler suits at break time and head into the woods to play, and can climb trees to the height of the tallest teacher – the headmaster strikes a balance with health and safety. Who needs a climbing frame when a fallen tree is much more fun? Everyone needed for matches and the less sporty have to take part. This gives all children a chance to shine – ‘my daughter was never really interested in sport but has had to take part and now she really enjoys it – that would never have happened in a larger school'... 

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What the school says...

Great Ballard School is situated in the South Downs National Park and, as such, we successfully combine our modern teaching resources and our stunning woodlands and grounds during lessons, activities and break times. Our excellent facilities include; a modern science lab, ICT suite, and outdoor classroom in Pre-Prep, a Dance and Drama Studio, Music Centre, Astroturf, covered swimming pool (which becomes outdoor in the Summer) and playing fields with views of the South Coast.

Since Great Ballard School first opened its doors in Eartham in 1924, there has always been a strong belief in learning from the environment and the ethos of the school has developed to encourage children to explore and discover their world and we now offer Forest School education programmes.

Academic, Art and Music scholarships have been gained to many senior schools in recent years including; Lancing College, Hurstpierpoint College, Brighton College, Seaford College, Portsmouth Grammar to mention just a few.

Great Ballard prides itself on its friendly, family atmosphere and offers flexibility to our parents with subsidised bus runs, after school care and activities and the popular breakfast club, all of which help our parents with their busy lifestyles.

We also welcome International boarders for short or long term stays which gives them a great opportunity to experience British Boarding in our small, rural, family community.

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Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.


What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2015, Richard Evans BEd MEd (management) (50s). He was educated at a grammar school in Wales and did his teacher training at St Paul’s and St Mary’s in Cheltenham (where he met his wife Carol) and spent five years at a state secondary school before joining Eagle House prep school. He then held several prep school posts before spending five years as head of St Andrew’s in Surrey, a further four as head of Bromsgrove Prep and three as head of Craigclowan, Perth before moving south to Great Ballard.

He took over after a period of uncertainty when the school had two headmasters in three years and has now set it on an even keel. ‘There has been a great change since Mr Evans took over,’ said a parent....

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Special Education Needs

Our school has an established Learning Support Department that supports about 40 children on a 1 to 1 basis and also works with parents and outside agencies to support these children and any others within the school who have need. We cater for children from Nursery through to Year 8 (2 - 13+ years). The majority of the students on our LS register have dyslexic difficulties, or difficulties that come under that umbrella. All children are seen as individuals who make up part of a large family which is the school.

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