Admissions and fees

Why Great Ballard

Our welcoming School Office team look after every aspect of the admissions process and should be the first port of call for all prospective parents. Our main entry points are at Reception, Year 3, Year 7 and Year 9 but, subject to us being able to match course requirements, students can join Great Ballard any time during the school year, even mid-term, as long as we have space. There is no ‘typical’ Great Ballard family. While some pupils join us from other independent schools, an equal amount are coming to independent education for the first time. Our ambition is always to be inclusive and to tailor our approach to meet our students’ needs.

Step one:
Enquiry

The best way to get a feel for the school would be to come and visit us. We always welcome prospective parents, whether during school hours – when you can get a first-hand glimpse of our varied daily routine – or during one of our organised open morning events.

Step two:
Registration of interest

Following your visit, you will be able to register your child. You will need to complete our Registration Form and submit a £50 (non-refundable) registration fee. This registers your interest in a place for your child in their required year group, but does not guarantee them a place.

Once both the registration form and associated payment have been received, your application will be processed.

Step three:
Taster day and assessment

Taster sessions, the length and number of which will depend on your child’s age and what will make them feel most comfortable.

Pre-Prep aged children (Reception to Year 2) will be invited to join us for “New Friends” days, during which your child would be informally assessed whilst experiencing a normal day with their peer group.

Prep School and Senior children (Years 3-11) will be invited to join us for two taster days, the first being a normal day spent with their peer group and the second allowing us to carry out some standardised assessments in Maths, English, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning.

Step four:
Admission

Your child will be offered a place on the basis of a successful taster session and/or assessments plus references and a copy of their latest report sought from their current school.

Parents are asked to complete our Acceptance Form, which is based on our terms and conditions, in order to confirm the acceptance of a place.

Parents are also asked to pay a £300 deposit to guarantee their child’s place. This deposit is refundable when your child leaves Great Ballard.

Before your child joins Great Ballard, we will keep you updated with events and you will receive a joining pack and be invited to relevant information meetings.

Please contact our Admissions Registrar, Rachel Lewis, on 01243 814236 or via email to headspa@greatballard.co.uk to request an information pack, to find out details about any forthcoming Open Morning events or to arrange a visit and a meeting with our Headmaster, Matthew King.
Termly fees for the academic year 2020-2021

*Please note that there will be a 30% reduction in fees for the Summer Term 2020 for current pupils due to the nationwide school closures as a result of COVID-19. We are also freezing our termly fees for the academic year 2020-2021 to help you through the economic crisis that COVID-19 has caused. The school has put in place a Distance Learning Provision consisting of a structured timetable involving Google Classroom, live teaching and other interactive online resources to ensure that the children's educational and mental health needs continue to be adequately met.

Tuition rates cost (£)

Reception
£2,860.00 (£2,525.00 if completed two terms in Great Ballard Nursery)

Form 1
£3,010.00

Form 2
£3,220.00

Form 3 and 4
£4,725.00

Forms 5 – 8
£5,415.00

Boarding rates

Boarding with EAL
(Full boarding inc. 2 hours per week EAL Teaching)

£8,000.00

Full Boarding (5 or more nights)
£7,200.00

Weekly (4-nights)
£6,435.00

Flexi (1-night)
£35.00

Flexi offers
£60 for 2 nights in one week.
£85 for 3 nights in one week.

Boarding rates

Boarding with EAL (Full boarding inc. 2 hours per week EAL Teaching)
£8,000.00

Full Boarding (5 or more nights)
£7,200.00

Weekly (4-nights)
£6,435.00

Flexi (1-night)
£35.00

Flexi offers
£60 for 2 nights in one week. £85 for 3 nights in one week.

Nursery

Morning only (8.15am-11.45am)
2.5 year olds only not applicable to Upper.
£31.50

Morning including Lunch (8.15am-1.15pm)
£45

Afternoon including Lunch (11.45am-3.15pm)
£31.50

All Day including Lunch (8.15am-3.15pm)
£63

After School Care (3.30pm-5.30pm)
£5 per hour

Miscellaneous rates

Pre-Prep Clubs/After School Care
£5.00 (per hour)

Breakfast Club
(Mon - Fri)
£3.40 (per day)

Evening Tea
(Mon - Thurs)
£3.40 (per day)

Learning Support Diagnostic Assessment
£60.00

Individual Learning Support lesson
Specialist 1:1 Teacher: £28.50 per session (40 minutes) Specialist TA 1:1: £25 per session (40 minutes) Individual support in class: £18 per lesson (40 minutes)

Individual Musical tuition
from £200.00 (per term)

English as an Additional Language lesson (EAL)
£35.00 per session (40 minutes)

School Buses
On request (per term)

Guidance Notes

– All invoices for fees and extras are payable before the first day of the term for which they are due.
– A non-returnable Registration fee of £50 must be sent with the Registration Form.
– An Entry Deposit of £300 will be payable on return of the Acceptance Form.
– This deposit will be credited to the pupil’s final account.
– Sibling discounts are available for children from Reception upwards and are applied to the tuition fees at a reduction of 5% for the second child and 10% for the third child.
– An Armed Forces discount is available for full-boarding pupils.

Click here to download the School Fees Refund SchemeClick here to download a copy of the Payment Plan application form

“There is no ‘typical’
Great Ballard family and no model child”

Come and meet us

The best way to get a feel for the school is to come and visit us, meet our staff and children and experience our wonderful location. We always welcome prospective parents, whether during school hours – when you can get a first-hand glimpse of our varied daily routine – or during one of our organised Open Mornings.

Contact our Admissions Registrar, Rachel Lewis, on 01243 814236 or via headspa@greatballard.co.uk to book an appointment with the Headmaster, Matthew King, and a tour of the school.

Rachel Lewis
Admissions Registrar
Ellie Smith
Receptionist

Open Mornings

We hold a series of Open Mornings throughout the year, when families may come and have the opportunity to speak to key members of our staff and be taken on a tour around our beautiful grounds and the facilities that we have on offer by some of our students.

Open Morning
January 22, 2022
Open Morning
May 21, 2022
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Our fees

All of our school fees and extras for 2021-22 are available to download below.
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Download fees

Need to know

When can my child join?
Our key entry points are Nursery (from 2.5 years), Reception (from 4 years), Year 3 (from 7+), Year 7 (from 11+) and Year 9 (13+). However, provided we have space in the relevant year groups, we can accept children at any age and at any point during the school year, even mid-term.
What is included in the fees?
Everything during the core hours is included (lunch, drinks and snacks), except for uniform and Chromebooks (from Year 5 upwards).
For Pre-Prep there is an additional charge (£5/hour) for any after school clubs or after school care.
For Prep and seniors, after school clubs are generally included in the fees, unless they are being run by an external organiser or require the provision of extra resources, for which a small additional charge would be incurred per session.

Optional extras may include:
• individual learning support
• music, singing or LAMDA lessons
• some school trips
• breakfast club (from 7:45am) and/or supper (until 6:30pm), which can be booked through the school office.
When is your next Open Morning?
We hold a series of Open Mornings throughout the year, when families may come and have the opportunity to speak to key members of our staff and be taken on a tour around our beautiful grounds and the facilities that we have on offer by some of our students.

Our next Open Morning is on 22nd January 2022.

Do you offer Bursaries?
Bursaries are available upon application.
All applicants for financial assistance are means-tested through an independent organisation, Bursary Applications Limited (BAL) and any awards given are subject to annual review.
We also offer the following alternative fee remissions:
Sibling discounts of 10% for second child, 15% for third child and 20% for a fourth child.
An Armed Forces discount is available for boarding pupils.
Do you run a Scholarship programme?
Do you offer any transport to school?
We currently run a number of minibus routes, employing our own drivers, who are well known to the children. The routes are based on current demand, which serves the following areas: Chichester, Bognor Regis, Aldingbourne, Barnham, Arundel and towards Angmering.
How do you communicate with parents?
We are passionate about working with parents to ensure the best educational outcomes for every child. Our staff are always happy to talk with parents and can be contacted directly via email. Parents are also welcome to pop into the school reception at drop off if we can help to resolve any queries. We try to give you as much information as possible about what your child is up to via:

• Open door policy (covid permitting)
• Half termly effort and attainment grades; yearly written reports
• Regular parent consultation evenings
• Parent forums, with each class having its own designated class rep to represent views/concerns of the class
• Weekly bulletins
• Fortnightly newsletters
• Social media – Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
• Email
• Parent messaging system – Clarion Call for emails and texts
• Phone
• Face to face at drop-off/pick up or via appointment
How do you integrate new children?
Any children starting in September would be invited to take part in our transition day during the Summer Term. They would also all be invited to come to our new pupils’ afternoon tea just before our return in September. This is an opportunity for them to come along in their new uniform, bringing all their kit with them, so that they can spend some time with their form teacher and quickly run through everything and answer any last-minute questions they may have.
All new children, no matter when they join the school, will be assigned a buddy from within the class, who will be responsible for helping them to settle in, introducing them to their classmates and navigating them around the school.
Uniform?