School trips are an important element of the all-round education we offer at Ballard. Whilst academic considerations will always take priority, there is an enormous benefit to be gained from the trips offered as part of the curriculum and those which are extra-curricular. Many of the latter have a residential component and these are of significant value as pupils mature and grow in their independence.
This page shows examples of what we typically offer over the course of the School year. For full details contact the School – Mrs Val Chapman for the Pre-Prep and Lower Prep and Mr David Dunn for the Upper Prep and Senior school.
These generally take place during the normal school day. Many are offered with no extra charge.
These are run in the Spring holidays and then again in the Summer term. The trips go to Spain, Germany and France and cost around £360 (for the travel and week’s stay in Europe).
Year 5: Osmington Bay Adventure Centre (c.£280)
Year 6: Normandy trip (c.£330)
Year 7: Bude Adventure Training Centre (c.£450)
Year 8: Stratford trip (c.£310)
Senior (Y9 -11) to Utah/Vermont (or similar) in the February Half-Term (c.£1650).
Junior (Y6 - Y9) to a European resort in the Easter holidays (c.£1100 for 8 days full board).
These will occur from time to time and there is a regular tour to Jersey in the Spring term every year for Y7/8 pupils to play football, hockey, rugby and netball (c.£450 all inclusive).
Every two years in September (c.£350) – some parents usually accompany this trip
4 weeks in the summer holiday (Y10/11): this takes place every two years to allow for fund raising and raising individual support – recent trip July 2015 (c.£3300 covered by personal and group fund raising).
This takes place in the February half-term – next trip 2017 (c.£1550).
Bronze treks in the New Forest; Silver treks to Dartmoor, Brecon Beacons, Northumberland.
German Christmas Market Trip (Y7- 11) - c£300
Maths Trip to London (Y10) - c £40
European Music Tour (tbc) - c £600