Purposeful teaching supported by sensible discipline and pastoral care provides the supportive foundation to enable students to thrive. The Ballard all round experience is also maintained with extensive opportunities in sport, performing and visual arts, D of E bronze and silver, foreign exchanges and trips, Young Enterprise and a wealth of activities.
Monitoring and reporting is rigorous and parents are kept in touch with homework and curriculum via parent evenings and the school Virtual Learning Environment. Regular progress reviews and tutoring ensures that any academic or other issues are identified and dealt with promptly. Small class sizes and individual attention remain at the cornerstone of the Ballard experience with the culmination of the GCSE exams in Year 11.
Challenge Week, held at the end of year 9 is a fantastic opportunity to learn and practice leadership skills, experience adventure, life skills and various career opportunities.