Ballard School follows a broad and innovative curriculum that meets the needs of every pupil. The school uses its excellent and highly qualified staff to deliver syllabi based on the National Curriculum and Common Entrance programmes of study, but enhances and stretches pupils learning by including many extended topics.
The school’s size is ideally placed to help us adjust our timetable to meet the needs of individuals, but at the same time to allow healthy competition between pupils of all abilities. Subject specialism starts in Year 3, while our GCSE subject choice is extremely broad. Pupils have access to three modern foreign languages from Year 7, and the school offers a curriculum for the academic; the all-rounder; for the pupil who needs support; the practically minded - a curriculum innovatively designed to meet the needs of all pupils and to stimulate all pupils. A joy of learning is our priority, in a non-threatening environment supported by an extensive curriculum and extra-curriculum, including an outstanding choice of activities.
The outcome is obvious - our results at all ages are excellent and a tribute to our teaching staff and a carefully planned curriculum.
Headline GCSE results for 2017 - 89% pass rate A* to C (or equivalents) including English and Maths
We publish our GCSE results to cover a four-year period (and are thus an average) as we are a non-selective school and this gives a fairer reflection of the performance of Ballard School pupils who leave at the end of Year 11. Despite being non-selective, our pupils mostly achieve at a level well above expectations (as indicated in their CAT assessments – cognitive ability tests). Individual success stories cannot easily be seen in statistics as we often find ourselves rejoicing as much with the pupil who has secured a full set of ‘passes’ (above C grade), when he or she was only predicted to obtain for or five, as we do with the pupil who gains twelve GCSEs at A and A* level!
Whilst we are always somewhat cautious about using statistics to emphasise our academic success, it is worth pointing out that Ballard has consistently been the top-performing non-selective school in our area over several years now. This can be illustrated from the ‘league tables’ published in the local Press which covers our part of the New Forest which includes part of west Hampshire and into east Dorset. In these we consistently lead the field of non-selective maintained and independent schools. Parents may request more detailed information about the School’s academic performance, including exam results, by contacting the Headmaster.