Stop Press - Best Ever GCSE results for Ballard!

Ballard School has achieved a record set of GCSE results in 2018 with 100% A*-C Maths, 100% A*-C English and 98% of all pupils attaining the ‘Gold Standard’ of 5 GCSE passes including English and Maths, beating the previous record of 93% in 2012.

Notable successes include four pupils gaining more than 10 A*/A (grades 9-7) each, and one pupil scoring five grade 9’s (the new A** level) and two A*s!  There was also a notable number of pupils who gained the top grades A*/A (grades 9-7) in both English and Maths, with 39.6% in English Language; 32% in English Literature and 38% in Maths.  We are proud of the efforts and perseverance of all our pupils.

Furthermore, there was a 100% A*-C (grades 9-4) in nine other subjects including all three Sciences as well as Art, Food Tech, French, German, Music and Religious Studies.


Retiring Headmaster, Alastair Reid, said:

‘‘I am ‘blown away’ by these results and, if I may say so, delighted to be retiring on an academic ‘high’. However, although so much emphasis is placed on these results, we cannot judge our school or our pupils on GCSE results alone.  I congratulate our pupils and staff on their success but I am also incredibly proud of the all-round contribution Ballard makes. This group will now go off to their Sixth Forms (and three with 16+ scholarships) as citizens who can hold their heads high ready to take on the challenges of the next stage in their lives. They have brought credit to themselves, their families and their school.”


Andrew McCleave has been appointed Headmaster of the School in September 2018.

Andrew said:

“These results are a credit to Ballard.  We are so pleased by our pupils’ standout success this year in core subjects such as Maths, English and Science. Alastair has left an excellent legacy of GCSE success at Ballard School and I am excited to be taking on the opportunity to maintain and develop this in future years.”