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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...

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What the school says...

Great Ballard is situated in the heart of the South Downs National Park and our beautiful location provides an inspiring space to learn. As well as our acres of playing fields and natural woodlands, our modern teaching spaces, including science and computer labs, an art and design centre and a performing arts studio, buzz with creativity. From the swimming pool to the cookery hub and from our Forest School base to the Music suite our teachers are passionate about their subjects and committed to our hands on learning approach.
Great Ballard prides itself on its friendly, family atmosphere. We understand that the opportunity to feel part of the community and form friendships is important for the whole family and we run a variety of events throughout the year to showcase the students’ learning and welcome families to participate in school life. Our flexible bus routes, after school care and activities and the popular breakfast club, all help our parents with their busy lifestyles. While our affordable fee structure and loyalty discounts, make Great Ballard a great choice!
From September 2021, we will be extending our provision to Year 9 and then will be expanding every year until 2023 so that we can offer students an excellent education from nursery to GCSE. Throughout every stage of school, our small class sizes, academic monitoring, outstanding pastoral care and forward-thinking curriculum ensure our students have the best foundations to flourish.
If you would like to find out more about what makes us great, we would love the opportunity to show you round.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2020, Matthew King. Previously at Framlingham College Prep in Suffolk, part of a 30-year stint in various preps. This is a welcome return to West Sussex for Matthew and his family; he grew up in the area, attending Hurstpierpoint College, played cricket for Sussex Under 19s and enjoyed his first taste of headship at Pennthorpe School in Rudgwick, where his parents still reside. Studied history at Nottingham and began his career in Dorset where he became head of history, drama and computing when he was still wet around the ears, aged just 22.

A keen sportsman, football fan, playwright, musician, swimmer and hiker, he is an enthusiastic all-rounder and an ISI inspector. Married to Emily, with whom he has three children.


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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
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
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
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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