Upper Prep

At Great Ballard School, we pride ourselves on providing pupils with a curriculum that enables them to achieve exceptional examination results and scholarship success and also engages them in the excitement of learning, and prepares them for the wider world.

Upper Prep comprises of Forms 5, 6, 7 and 8 where schemes of work still take into consideration the National Curriculum, but go well beyond it to prepare children for the Public School Common Entrance and Scholarship Examinations. We have an impressive success rate in getting pupils into their first choice of 13+ senior schools.

Great Ballard pupils grow up to be independent, thoughtful and ‘well-rounded’, confident in their ability to question, analyse and express opinions to benefit both their personal and professional development. In the Upper Prep, all children still have a form teacher but subjects are taught by specialist teachers. Pupils will spend time with their form teacher, as well as specialist teachers, who will follow their progress closely through the year.

Pupils are encouraged to work hard and extra help is given to those who require it, with quality teaching delivered by our experienced and dedicated staff.

Our pupils have space to grow. By Upper Prep, pupils have acquired a life-long love of learning. They leave at 13 fully prepared for the wider world, with both the academic potential and confidence to take them towards further and higher education, and ultimately, the world of work.

We aim to find the balance between the academic disciplines and the wealth of extra-curricular activities on offer. A broad and balanced curriculum is provided in order to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at our school.

We seek all-around excellence and enthusiasm. Subjects covered include;

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • French
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
  • History
  • Geography
  • Religious Studies
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Art
  • DT
  • Ceramics
  • Cookery
  • Textiles
  • ICT
  • Physical Education.

The vast majority of pupils sit Common Entrance and pupils’ scholarships success across all disciplines has been impressive each year.

Small classes, quality teaching and high expectations form the backbone of our academic success. 

We aim to challenge each child to develop and flourish within the classroom, providing an environment where they are happy, stimulated, confident and well supported. Parents are encouraged to come and discuss any problems or concerns about their child’s education.

To arrange a visit and see our facilities in action, contact our office team.

To download the presentation that Mr Evans gave on choosing the right senior school click here.


A great ballard poem

The great Manor House stands alone looming over those trees that have grown
for centuries, until they are twisted and gnarled,
reaching up to the deep blue sky that is marled 
with candy floss clouds looking down upon this red roofed building that has stood strong
Through years of storms and chaos and war.
Above, red kites and buzzards swoop and soar.
Great Ballard... my haven.

But Lo! A bell rings, and a low rumble spreads until the buildings look ready to crumble,
and suddenly hordes of children fill
the hallways and courtyard; no one standing still. 
All clattering or chattering or racing to be on time;
All pushing or shouting. The noise is a sign of excitement, though: no bad feelings reside
in the classrooms that are being filled by this rising tide
Great Ballard... my school.

A 'co-educational prep' is what it says on the gates
but Great Ballard is much more than that: it is, after all, great.
I know every pupil, every teacher, every face. Having, of course, spent my life at this place. I grew up here among my best friends:
I know them well enough to trust that they'll lend 
a helping hand when I need one: whether now or in years 
but as long as this school stands, I'll have nothing to fear.
Great Ballard... my home.

- By Saoirse O, Age 13.

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