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

Pupils get creative for National Poetry Day

News
November 22, 2021
GB pupils from our littlest to our oldest showcased their creativity, passion and literay skill on National Poetry Day.
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Great Ballard celebrates a new era

News
September 30, 2021
On Friday 24th September, we welcomed guests to the opening of our new Senior Department and to formally mark our expansion to take students all the way up to GCSE.
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Fantastic Fayre Highlights

News
November 9, 2021
A fantastic time was had by all on Friday 5th November, with Year 7 hosting their long-anticpated Autumn Fayre. Having started their planning all the way back in September, it was great to see their success!
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Term dates

Spring Term 2022
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
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
Proposed 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

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