Fernhill Lane, New Milton, BH25 5SU, Hampshire
|Headmaster||Mr Andrew McCleave|
|Co-ed Age Range||2-16 years|
|Number of pupils||447|
|Day fees per annum||£2,945 - £5,415 per term|
|Average Class Size||12-18|
"Quite simply a remarkable school." (Parent)
"Ballard has been a massive influence on him, and he is unrecognisable to the youngster who started there only a short time ago, it is, without doubt, one of the best moves we made for him." (Parent)
Ballard is an award-winning, co-educational, independent day school for children from Nursery to GCSE, set in 34 acres on the edge of the New Forest and South Coast. New leadership has turned 'excellent & outstanding' (ISI) into exceptional, with pupil numbers at a five-year high. By listening to and working alongside their pupils, providing outstanding opportunities and encouraging them to be the best they can be, Ballard nurtures well-rounded, happy individuals with a healthy outlook on life. Helping others is part of their DNA. Recent initiatives have included; writing to the elderly, filling foodbanks, lockdown performances and running miles for charity. Ballard couldn't be more proud, they call it, 'The Ballard Way.'
All pupils use the School's fantastic facilities, which include an Olympic-sized astro-turf, swimming pool and 200-seater Performing Arts Centre. Pre-Prep pupils receive specialist Sports, Music, Forest-School, French and Dance tuition. Furthermore, they offer additional peripatetic lessons from a very early age. By Year 6, every lesson is taught by their GCSE specialists.
A diverse and inspiring range of activities and trips nurture self-confidence, aspiration and help develop each child's personality. With 120 weekly activities on offer, from solving fiendish puzzles or saving the planet to Celtic harps or mixed rugby training, every day at Ballard inspires.
Ballard invests in and embraces innovative educational initiatives and programmes. Their teachers know the educational foundations that need to be laid and which skills are essential for future academic success. Weekly 'Drop Everything & Read' sessions, combined with Reading Cloud and Accelerated Reader software, are the backbone of their literacy drive, building skills for future success.
"With your help and encouragement, he is now keen to read, he even read the whole book last night and is excited to read more! This is a huge turning point for him, so thank you!" (Parent)
Ballard excels in so many areas, offering pupils plenty of opportunities to develop skills and gain experience. With GCSE results consistently higher than the national average, here are the highlights from their last academic year:
STEM - Regional winners at TeenTech Solent and Soroptomist.
Arts - Artsmark Gold, 100% success in LAMDA, New Era and Arts Award; Highly commended - ISA Dance Nationals; Singin' in the Rain; performing with Gareth Malone at the Royal Albert Hall; Tuscany Tour; Fly To Paradise; ISA Young Musician of the Year; third place - ISA Musical Theatre Award.
Sport - National success; Schools Sport Gold, hockey, netball, athletics, skiing and swimming; International Gold. Winners of UK STA 'Small Ships Race'.
Life - Silver Eco-School; International School Award; Erasmus+; exceptional ballard@home provision; GL Centre of Assessment Excellence.
"There's so many things I love about Ballard, especially their family ethos. There's no hierarchy and friendships are made across year groups. Everyone's included and opportunities to mentor younger pupils create bonds, trust and support for the mentee.
At Ballard, teachers tailor their lessons to the pupils - it's not one-size-fits-all. They encourage us to fulfil our potential, but don't place us under unnecessary pressure. These relationships with teachers are vital to our achievements. Staff always make time to listen, often sacrificing their lunch.
Opportunities at Ballard are countless. The amount of activities is awe-inspiring. There's an extensive range of trips to cater for all interests, both locally and abroad; creating lasting memories. I particularly loved the Tuscany music trip. We sang in a sacred Florentine church and on-top of the Leaning Tower, as well as dancing with locals to Wonderland in the piazza. These trips shape you; enhancing knowledge and encouraging independence.
I love Ballard's inclusivity; nobody is left out. You don't have to be the best - as long as you have a passion or interest, you are welcome. Activities aren't gender-oriented either, so at Ballard, girls play football and boys play netball. Our amazing productions are 'West-End worthy' because we all get involved. Young and old, boys and girls - it takes all sorts to achieve great things. Sport for all, music for all, learning for all.
As I read this back, I wonder how we do it all. My years here have been exceptional and I will miss Ballard immensely." Amy, last year's Head Girl.
There is a wealth of information at www.ballardschool.co.uk, including a Virtual Open Day. For all enquiries, please contact our Registrar, Lynsey Davis: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01425 626900.
"I'm quietly working in my study, but can hear a very happy boy taking part in his lessons. He's paying attention, participating and doing his work. This is purely down to the attitude of everyone at Ballard which generates an expectation with the children to do their best. That's a great attitude to have at any time, but particularly now." (Parent on lockdown learning)