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  • Great Ballard School
    West Sussex
    PO18 0LR
  • Head: Mr Richard Evans
  • T 01243 814236
  • F 01243 814586
  • E
  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 2 to 13
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: West Sussex
  • Pupils: 115
  • Religion: None
  • Fees: Day £7,335 - £12,795; Boarding £15,480 - £20,280 pa
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

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 and playing fields with views of the South Coast.

Since Great Ballard School first started 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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What the parents say...

On our first visit to GB attending an away cricket match for our son, my husband and I commented to each other "What a lovely, lovely school". Little did we know we would move to the area and suddenly Great Ballard became viable. We have not been disappointed, our son left gaining a scholarship to Hurstpierpoint College and a very sound common entrance pass. Our two twin daughters have been with GB now since they were two and are thriving in the most friendly caring environment. An all round gem of a school tucked away in an beautiful position, small enough to feel like a big family but large enough to feel busy, vibrant and positive. I cannot recommend team GB more highly, all staff genuinely care. They tweak out a child's inherent abilities and strengths and have the time, due to small class sizes, to develop these to levels of excellence.

Commented on 12th Oct 2016

Truly wonderful school. Being smaller than some schools means that they can concentrate on each individual child and their personal strengths and weaknesses. My son has excelled here. He has developed a passion for drama and art that he had never shown any interest in before. He has also rediscovered his love of reading, that sadly, he previous school had almost bored out of him. We have been very happy and he loves it.

Commented on 29th Sep 2016

Great Ballard is an excellent school! Our daughter studied at Ballard up to her common entrance and won 2 scholarships to her school of choice in an extremely competitive environment. More importantly, by the time she left Ballard she was an extremely well rounded girl, who was happy and confident. Our son is now at Ballard and is also doing very well indeed. Ballard achieves a perfect balance between academic and extracurricular teaching and at the same time manages to be a nurturing and fun place to learn and grow. I would not hesitate in recommending Great Ballard to prospective parents, and I know both our children feel the same way!

Commented on 18th Mar 2016

I have nothing but positive things to mention . My son has been attending since the age of two years old. He is a ball Of energy, great ballard have done amazing things with him and he now is ready to move to reception year . He has been nurtured given confidence and encouraged . He loves all aspects of the school from forest school to music with mrs Larley. There are lots of outdoor time too in beautiful grounds . The breakfast club , holiday provision are great extras we could'nt live without. All the teachers are genuine and are very professional . The children adore them and vice Versa. My son never wants to leave Great ballard. It's a shame as one day he will ... As he progresses through . But I am sure this school will shape him into the person he hopes to be . A good well rounded individual. Who always try's do the best they can do and be best they be . Well done Great Ballard .

Commented on 13th Jan 2016

When we first came to look around Great ballad we were greeted with a stunning view of Sussex, and it has a generally very relaxed and caring feel to it. Our Daughter started reception in September 2015 and has enjoyed every single day, from playing in the Hobbit house to learning the order of sticks in the forest school to excelling in her reading in just a few short months it is the best choice we made for her education. With the small class sizes we also feel that this is a major bonus to our daughters learning. Both the teaching and office staff are always more than happy to help with whatever problem big or small! I have and would not hesitate in recommending Great Ballard School to anyone wishing to send their children there.

Commented on 15th Dec 2015

When I first looked round Great Ballard I remember thinking that if I was a child I would like to go there myself. There is a friendly, family atmosphere and my children have made friends across different year groups. I am very happy with the progress that both of my children have made in all aspects of school life and they grow in confidence as each year passes. My daughter enjoys occasional boarding and always looks forward to the activities that take place each evening.

Commented on 25th Mar 2015

Great Ballard is a simply wonderful prep school with warmth, dedication, results and a breathtaking setting in the South Downs. Our five children have all shone whilst here and, of all their school experiences, they regularly share their fondest and most amusing from their time at Ballard. The older three left some years ago going on to academic scholarships and success. Our younger two remain and are just as enthusiastic about their time there. Pupils excel here. Whether that is on the sports field, in the classroom, in all that fresh air and woodland or taking their moment on stage. The dedicated teaching staff bring the very best out of the children and the pastoral care is delivered with great warmth and affection. All of our children have boarded at least one or two nights per week, it’s just like a giant sleepover! If you want happy, tree climbing, polite yet diligent children then we thoroughly recommend a visit.

Commented on 25th Mar 2015

The time spent at Great Ballard embodies everything that a happy childhood should be about. This Prep school is a hidden gem, offering caring and inspirational teaching in an idyllic setting. Its traditional methods and firm but gentle guidance produce outstanding results but, above all, happy, confident and motivated pupils who genuinely look forward to the school day. And, most importantly of all, the food is exceptional! My two older sons loved their time at Great Ballard and both achieved Academic Scholarships to their first choice Senior schools as well as numerous sporting successes, while their younger brother is still there and is experiencing a similarly enjoyable Prep school life. He comments that his favourite part of the day is break time, when he can play football, climb trees and race up, then roll down, the long grassy hill in his boilersuit! I firmly believe that all three of my children will have lifelong fond memories of their time at this wonderful school.

Commented on 8th Nov 2013

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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.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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