School Trips

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.

Recent examples of curriculum trips and special visitors to school

These generally take place during the normal school day. Many are offered with no extra charge.

Pre-Prep (up to Y2)

  • Children’s Concert in Southampton (Y1 & 2)
  • Hants Fire and Rescue (Pre-Prep)
  • Visiting Theatre group (Reception, Year 1 & 2 with Lower Prep)
  • New Forest Centre
    (Year 1 & 2)
  • Moors Valley Country Park (Reception)
  • Marwell Zoo (Year 1 & 2)
  • Oceanarium and Hengistbury Head (Reception)

Lower-Prep (Years 3-5)

  • Visiting Theatre group
  • Japanese cultural visit
  • Geography field trip
  • Woodlands Centre visit (Y4)
  • India day; book characters’ themed day
  • English National Ballet workshop in conjunction with the Nutcracker ballet; participation in Bournemouth Music Festival
  • Fishbourne Roman Palace visit (Y3)
  • VE Day activities (Y5)
  • Characters from history day
  • Cultural Awareness Day focusing on French comic strips (Astérix et Obélix and Tintin)

Upper-Prep (Years 6-8)

  • Art workshop with visiting artist (Y7, Y8)
  • Rainforest trip (Y6)
  • Geography field trips
  • RS places of worship (Y8)
  • Dance workshop;  Christians in Sport focus week
  • Gravity racer challenge (Y6)
  • ‘Big Bang’ technology trip
  • Theatre trips
  • WE day London trip

Senior School (Years 9-11)

  • Geography field trips to the coast, ports, London, etc (all Years); art galleries (Y10,11)
  • History trip to Bovington Tank Museum
  • Christians in Sport focus week
  • ‘Big Bang’ technology trip
  • Business Studies field trips
  • Participation in Bournemouth Music Festival
  • Trips to major sporting events (e.g. Varsity Match rugby, cricket 20 over county games)
  • Theatre trips (inc. back stage tours)

Residential trips (recent examples)

Modern Foreign Language exchanges
(mostly for Y10 and some Y9 pupils)

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).

Summer term trips’ week (the penultimate week of term)

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)


Ski trips

Junior (Y6 - Y9) to a European resort in the Easter holidays (c.£1100 for 8 days full board).


Sports’ trips

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).

World War I & II Battlefields’ trip (Y8 - Y11)

Every two years in September (c.£350) – some parents usually accompany this trip


Kenya/Uganda community service and adventure trip

4 weeks in the summer holiday (Y10/11): this takes place every two years to allow for fund raising and raising individual support – next  trip July 2019 (c.£3500 covered by personal and group fund raising).

Performing Arts / Sports trip to New York (Y10/11)

This takes place in the February half-term –  next trip 2019 (c.£1700).

Duke of Edinburgh Award treks (Y9-11)

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