Ballard School provides a supportive and caring environment for learning, based on Christian values and good teaching, designed to help all pupils achieve their personal best. High academic standards, together with thorough preparation for future education and the world of work, are underpinned by an ethos of concern for others, unselfish attitudes, good manners and an awareness of the rights and duties of a good citizen. The diverse range of activities and broad curriculum nurture the self-confidence of all our pupils, and help the development of their personality, engendering also lifelong interests and stimulating a desire to serve the community.
Ballard is a through school where the four departments (Early Years and Pre-Prep, Lower Prep, Upper Prep and Senior) work together to meet the specific needs of pupils as they move through the school. Much emphasis is given to providing the highest standards of pastoral care and helping achieve a smooth transition between school years. The facilities, teaching styles and policies of each department are tailored to be appropriate to the requirements of pupils in each age range. The school prepares pupils for GCSE’s but also has a successful track record of pupils for Common Entrance and Scholarships. As an all-round school, we offer extensive opportunities including art, drama, dance, music, design and technology, Duke of Edinburgh and a large range of different sports in addition to our academic emphasis. The school has a dedicated and well resourced department for enhanced learning to provide additional support to those who need it.
Extract from Jan 2012 School Inspection Report (ISI):
The school's aim to provide an all-round education which will enable pupils of all abilities to achieve beyond expectations in public examinations is amply fulfilled.'