Pre-Prep at Great Ballard is a glorious place for your child to take their first steps in formal education. Our classrooms open onto the beautiful courtyard and garden where the children play and grow together. With secret willow domes, climbing frames, sand pits and a vehicle track, there is an abundance of space for engaging and imaginative play.
Children are taught by specialist teachers in classrooms that bubble with creativity and wonder. Our aim is to ignite children’s love for learning, encouraging them to grow into confident and independent individuals. From Reception to Year 2, daily Literacy and Numeracy lessons underpin our broad curriculum, providing firm foundations for a wider understanding of the world.
Small class sizes allow us to get to know every child and family and to map individual progress.
We believe that happy children learn best, which is why wellbeing sits at the heart of our curriculum and we have the highest aspirations for every child. From Reception onwards, our children’s learning is enhanced by specialist teaching in music, sport and Forest School.
Our Pre-Prep benefits from the school’s idyllic 30 acres of woodland and meadow and impressive facilities. Pre-Prep children can enjoy the school vegetable garden (and the chickens who live there!), den building and campfires on the hill and our heated swimming pool. They can cook, create, perform and experiment in our lab, our food technology room and our varied halls and studios.
Sport at Great Ballard is an important part of school life. From Reception, children will have weekly PE lessons with a specialist sports teacher. These are a fun introduction to the enjoyment of participation and team games and the first steps towards the varied opportunities and competitive matches our children enjoy from Year 3 onwards. All Pre-Prep pupils also benefit from weekly swimming lessons in our own heated swimming pool.
We can arrange individual music lessons with expert teachers and we offer a broad selection of after school clubs, ranging from art to yoga and from creative writing to football. We believe passionately that the broader their experience is in Pre-Prep, the better prepared they will be for life beyond.
Looking after your whole family matters to us. We welcome parents and grandparents to feel part of the school, whether it’s watching a school play or simply enjoying a morning coffee in the Drawing Room at drop off. We understand that the opportunity to feel part of the community and form friendships is important for the whole family.
Children from Nursery to Form 2 are always exploring -from playtimes, walks and sports to expeditions in the woods and to Forest School. Outdoor learning is an integral part of our whole school commitment to wellbeing and health and adventures outdoors help children develop resilience, self-esteem, collaboration and risk-taking.
Every child’s learning journey is anchored in empathy and kindness.
Our curriculum promotes healthy lifestyles, with sports and activities building good habits and the best mindsets for growth and wellbeing. Great Ballard is all about giving children the confidence to reach their potential and explore their ambitions and this journey begins at the earliest age.
Our school is built around a pastoral system in which form teachers and pastoral leaders look out for and champion your child. We seek to know and understand every pupil and to provide a consistent journey for each from Nursery to GCSE. Older students act as role models and mentors for those in our youngest age groups and the impact on both can be invigorating.