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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
£2,860.00 (£2,525.00 if completed two terms in Great Ballard Nursery)
Form 3 and 4
Forms 5 – 8
Boarding with EAL
(Full boarding inc. 2 hours per week EAL Teaching)
Full Boarding (5 or more nights)
£60 for 2 nights in one week.
£85 for 3 nights in one week.
Boarding with EAL (Full boarding inc. 2 hours per week EAL Teaching)
Full Boarding (5 or more nights)
£60 for 2 nights in one week. £85 for 3 nights in one week.
Morning only (8.15am-11.45am)
2.5 year olds only not applicable to Upper.
Morning including Lunch (8.15am-1.15pm)
Afternoon including Lunch (11.45am-3.15pm)
All Day including Lunch (8.15am-3.15pm)
After School Care (3.30pm-5.30pm)
£5 per hour
Pre-Prep Clubs/After School Care
£5.00 (per hour)
(Mon - Fri)
£3.40 (per day)
(Mon - Thurs)
£3.40 (per day)
Learning Support Diagnostic Assessment
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)
On request (per term)
– 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”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment with the Headmaster, Matthew King, and a tour of the school.
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.