Ballard School - an Educational Charity (no. 307328)
Ballard School Ltd. exists ‘for the education of children’ and is a Trust which operates as a charity under the oversight of the Charity Commission.
Ballard School provides ‘public benefit’ (as defined by the charity Commission) in a variety of ways. These include, but not exclusively, the following:
Support for local and national charities:
- Dr. Barnardo’s Homes – help for needy children: we provide presents at Christmas time with toys collected at our annual carol service in Christchurch Priory
- Oakhaven Hospice in Lymington – help for those terminally ill: senior art pupils have assisted in the hospice and we sell toys via school and take part in the annual ‘Santa Dash’ in Lymington
- Each of the four school houses chooses a charity each year and holds various fund raising activities through the year to support these charities
- Biennial senior expedition to Kenya to work on a range of community and marine conservation projects
- That’s My Life Trust – help for children with neurological disorders
- Royal British Legion – the annual poppy day appeal for ex-servicemen
- Basics’ Bank – food for the homeless / less well off: harvest festival assemblies sees food collected for local distribution
- Jeans for genes – help for genetic research re disease prevention
- Honeypot – support for carers of needy children
TEAR Fund - a Christian charity working for overseas disaster relief: a House charity
- Movember appeal for prostate cancer relief and research: several staff grew moustaches for a month
- Christian Aid – working for overseas development: a regular collection of stamps and bottle top
Buy a goat – helping rural communities in developing countries which was the school charity in 2014-15
Regular Support for overseas’ charities:
- Ray of Hope (Uganda) – a children’s project for schooling and assistance in poor areas which is run by a staff member and her husband: a Ballard family went to ROH in October 2012 carrying many school supplies and we regularly send children’s clothing via a former staff member who is a Trustee
- Good News School (Kenya) – educational materials to a poor community: supported via the sale of some foodstuffs at Harvest time
- Samaritan’s Purse (Christmas boxes) – presents for children in Eastern Europe: 175 boxes collected in December 2015
Zozulenka music tour – supporting disadvantaged Ukrainian children: we host a concert annually and make a donation
- Bursaries for help with school fees at Ballard School: these include one 100% bursary for a child in need of the education we provide here plus several financial concessions to other families. All of these are means tested. We also offer some concessions for siblings.
- Scholarships: several substantial scholarships (academic, all-rounder, performing arts, drama, dance, music, sport, art) for entry at Y3, Y7 and Y9 are offered annually. Whilst these are not means tested they do enable talented youngsters to access a Ballard education who might not otherwise do so. Further details under ‘scholarships’.
- Teacher training: we regularly take on temporarily staff who are looking at entering the profession and who need experience. Annually we host 2 student teachers from Switzerland. Close links with Brockenhurst sixth form college enable several students to gain work experience in the Nursery / Pre-Prep and in PE on a regular annual basis.
- Formal community links: we share foreign language exchanges with Highcliffe comprehensive school. Annually our Spring Term lecture series (hosted by Ballard) are shared with Highcliffe School, Arnewood School and Priestlands School – all in the maintained sector . We also share gifted and talented activities with two of these schools. The Comenius Project (through the British Council) was established in 2013 and this has provided close links with 4 other schools in Europe (Italy, Latvia, Germany and Majorca) and now this programme has been completed we have achieved the International School Award which will enable similar programmes to continue. We also have links to Hebron School in south India facilitating staff some staff support (visits to Ballard and resources) as well as fundraising here for Hebron’s music department.
- Access to our facilities and grounds from the local community:
- Use of the Performing Arts Centre (PAC) by the New Forest Players (amateur dramatics)
- Performances in the PAC open to the public
- Water gardens open to the public
- Sports’ facilities used by the New Milton Eagles (football)
- Sports’ facilities used by Lymington Netball Club
- Sports’ facilities used by Bashley Cricket Club and New Milton Cricket Club
- Sports’ Hall used by a local badminton and volleyball clubs
- Sports’ fields used for a New Forest rugby tournament
- Sports’ fields used for a New Forest athletics’ meet
- Dance club
- Yoga club
- Local orchestra meets weekly
- Premises available for hire for weddings, family gatherings
- Close liaison with the Friends of the Ballard water meadows which adjoin our site. This has led to the school planting new trees and hedges.