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Why Great Ballard School?

Click here to read our review on the Good Schools Guide.

As a traditional Prep school - served with a modern twist - our aim is to inspire pupils to discover their strengths, become confident young people and achieve their full potential.

Offering a 21st-century education, underpinned by traditional, but proven high standards and expectations, combined with the essential flexibility of meeting the many needs of the modern day parent. We offer bespoke schooling options to support regular, intermittent or emergency needs during term time as well as essential holiday provision for our younger children in Nursery and Reception (EYFS). We understand that many of our parents have work commitments and busy lives and these options reflect this. Boarding is offered in full, weekly or flexi options.

Pupils are known by all staff, not just their form tutor, a particular strength and excellent foundation for progress.

The school has an impressive and consistent record of scholarship successes with the caring, co-operative relationships between staff and pupils providing an excellent foundation for pupils’ progress with many of our alumni going on to pursue high-profile careers. In addition, the pupils make friendships here that will last a lifetime.

Truly wonderful school. Being smaller than some schools means that they can concentrate on each individual child and their personal strengths and weaknesses - Parent review from The Good Schools Guide


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10 Reasons to Choose GREAT BALLARD

  1. Great Ballard pupils fulfil their potential and achieve excellent results academically, physically and culturally. The school has an impressive and consistent record of scholarship successes.
  2. The strong community environment at Great Ballard and caring, co-operative relationships between staff and pupils provides an excellent foundation for pupils’ progress.
  3. Great Ballard pupils go on to join a wide range of senior schools across the south-east and the country. Many go on to pursue high-profile careers.
  4. The school has top-quality teaching staff, small classes and subject specialist teachers for exceptional personalised learning opportunities.
  5. There is a great sense of fellowship and teamwork at Great Ballard; the pupils make friendships here that will last a lifetime.
  6. There is a vast selection of extra-curricular activities available within Great Ballard for all ages and abilities.
  7. The art, music and performing arts opportunities are first class and are an integral part of the curriculum as well as providing many additional opportunities for further individual lessons.
  8. The most recent 2015 Inspection report stated that Great Ballard was ‘excellent in all areas of curricular and extracurricular life’.
  9. The prep school integrates closely with the local community, from charities to supportive organisations.
  10. There is flexibility in day pupil and boarding arrangements, as well as an academic and extra-curricular provision to support each individual in their learning programme.
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