The Lower Prep ethos is about developing thinking skills and encouraging independent learning within a caring environment and an emphasis on high academic standards. The full Ballard experience in performing arts, art, dance, sport, design and technology, expressive arts and modern foreign languages delivered by specialist teachers plus wide-ranging extra-curricular activities are available to all pupils in this age group together with use of the extensive Ballard facilities and resources which include good SEN provision.
The organisation is form-based teaching with some subject specialisation and all with small class sizes. The curriculum is broad and the extra-curricular activities also give working parents more scope for flexibility.
The development of interdependence and responsibility is key in readiness for the next stage in Upper Prep.