We are

GREAT

We are

GREAT

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heard great things

Because we are Great Ballard

At Great Ballard we aspire to greatness. It's in our name. But also in our heritage. Set in a stunning national park, the great outdoors is matched by a warm, caring and nurturing environment indoors. Filled with great leaders, great thinkers, great carers and great motivators. Special people who encourage self-discovery and expression in all our pupils. Encouraging them to progress from great smilers, great tidy uppers, inquisitive great explorers, confident great performers, great doers and great learners to become positively great self-believers, great achievers and great role models.

Welcome from the Head

When Ivor Poole established Great Ballard in 1924 he made a promise that the school would be different. That courage to stand out from the crowd still energises us a century later. Poole wanted everyone to be cared for and treated fairly and Great Ballard today is a family in which everyone matters and no one is invisible. It is a school that cares, a school built completely around its pupils, a school with a heart.

Poole’s principles remain unchanged but the world beyond school refuses to stand still. Our duty to equip young people for an unpredictable future has never been more apparent. Our curriculum is broad and forward thinking and we encourage pupils to look beyond our idyllic West Sussex setting and develop the skills required to be adaptable and to make a difference in their world. We focus on leadership, problem solving and enterprise while covering a broad range of traditional subjects. We also nurture a passion for technology, computer science and communication skills which we champion along with the highest standards of literacy and numeracy. We see unique potential in all our children and support them to become the very best versions of themselves.

With an ethos rooted in building the strongest relationships and on empathy and respect, our young people recognise a need to be role models and to lift others. We take education beyond the classroom, making the most of our wonderful location to prioritise creativity, teamwork and pupil well-being. And we never lose sight of the value of the arts and exercise in shaping happy, healthy and resilient young lives. Great journeys begin with great preparation.

Matt King, Head 

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A little glimpse of school life

New Brian Jay Scholarship launched

News
February 19, 2021
Great Ballard, is delighted to announce the launch of a new set of scholarships named after the late Brian Jay.
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We raised £400 for Comic Relief

News
February 19, 2021
Great Ballard boys and girls raised over £400 for Comic Relief.
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Term dates

Autumn Term 2021
Inset
1st - 3rd September

Term starts
Monday 6th September

No. of weeks
6 weeks

Half term
18th - 29th October

Term ends

Friday 17th December

No. of weeks
7 weeks
Spring Term 2022 (provisional)
Inset
6th - 7th January

Term starts
Monday 10th January

No. of weeks
5 weeks

Half term
14th - 18th February

Term ends

Friday 1st April

No. of weeks
6 weeks
Summer Term 2022 (provisional)
Inset
21st - 22nd April

Term starts
Monday 25th April

No. of weeks
5 weeks

Half term
30th May - 3rd June

Term ends
Friday 8th July

No. of weeks
5 weeks

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