We are

GREAT

We are

GREAT

You’ll have
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

Great explorations at GB!

News
February 17, 2022
From the classroom to an Antarctic base camp, our youngest pupils have been very busy exploring!
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Pupils get inspired by fantastically great women

News
February 2, 2022
As part of our "Go Beyond' programme, pupils from Years 4 to 9 were invited to watch a performance of "Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World".
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Year 6 tackle the South Downs Ways

News
April 26, 2022
For their first big residential of Year 6, pupils plotted their own route and planned a hike along the South Downs Way.
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Term dates

Summer Term 2022
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
Autumn Term 2022
Inset
2nd, 5th- 6th September

Term starts
Wednesday 7th September

No. of weeks
6 weeks, 3 days

Half term
22nd October- 6th November

Term ends

Wednesday 14th December

No. of weeks
5 weeks, 3 days
Spring Term 2023
Inset
5th- 6th January

Term starts
Monday 9th January

No. of weeks
5 weeks

Half term
11th- 19th February

Term ends
Friday 31st March

No. of weeks
6 weeks

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