Open Mornings

“Simply the best school, every day.” (Reception Parent)

Book now for our next Open Morning on Friday, 27th September 2024.

If you would like to visit before then, please call our Registrar to arrange a private tour.


Autumn Term 2024
Friday, 27th September
Friday, 18th October

Spring Term 2025
Friday, 31st January
Friday, 14th March

Summer Term 2025
Friday, 2nd May

Call our friendly Registrar Team on 01425 626900, or email them –

We are delighted to invite you for a tailored tour of our award-winning School with our pupils. Booking is essential and we advise you to book early as numbers are limited for each tour. You will see the School in action, as with any normal day, however you will also be guided by our pupils and meet members of staff on your tour, including our Director of Sport. Before and after your tour you will be able to enjoy our delicious refreshments whilst talking with current parents and staff including our Headmaster, Deputy Head Academic, Deputy Head Pastoral, Director of Co-curricular and Performing Arts, our School Nurse and our Heads of Pre-Prep, Lower Prep (Years 3-5), Upper Prep (Years 6-8) and Senior (Years 9-11).

It’s never too early to look at the next part of your child’s educational journey and we are already filling up for our Year 7, 2025 Admissions Day in November, so come and find out why parents have called us “Simply the best school, every day.”

Waiting List Notice

Please be advised that there are waiting lists for some of year groups for September 2024 entry; we therefore recommend that you contact our Registrar, Laura Legg, as soon as possible to discuss your 2024 requirements either by calling her on 01425 626900 or by email –

The Perfect Balance

“A warm, friendly school in a glorious setting, where pupils enjoy their learning, throw themselves into a plethora of activities and have fun. The performing arts are outstanding and children seem genuinely sad to leave for pastures new at 16” (Good Schools Guide)

Ballard is a multi award-winning, co-educational, independent day school from Nursery to GCSE, set in 34 acres between the New Forest and South Coast. Ballard’s dynamic leadership has turned ‘excellent & outstanding’ (ISI) into exceptional.

This year, Ballard was a finalist for the Independent School of the Year for Sports award (ISOTY) and Highly Commended for Performing Arts (ISA). Last year, it was a finalist for the Excellence and Innovation in Art and Design (ISA); Highly Commended for Sport (ISA); a finalist for Performing Arts (ISOTY); and shortlisted for the Co-Educational Independent School of the Year award for the third year in a row.

Ballard offers the perfect balance. Classes are large enough to facilitate lively, challenging lessons, yet small enough so that every pupil is known. This allows staff to help pupils successfully develop, both academically and pastorally, encouraging them to be the best they can be, nurturing well-rounded, happy individuals with a healthy outlook on life.

Its fantastic facilities include an Olympic sized astroturf, swimming pool, Forest Schools, five science labs, three libraries with two librarians, nine 3D-printers, an iMac studio, and a 200-seater Performing Arts Centre. Ballard continues to invest, with exciting plans ahead.

Exceptional teachers allow Ballard to run a wide range of GCSEs including three languages and three Maths courses. Tailored clinics stretch and support GCSE pupils, with outstanding results – in 2023,  40.7% of grades achieved were grade 9 to 7, almost double the national average.

Academic successes alongside outstanding co-curricular activities (over 120 weekly) and trips, ensure Ballard offers a well-rounded, comprehensive education. Beyond the classroom, Ballard pupils have consistently reached the top 5% in the Townsend Warner History Competition, reached the top 1% on World Maths Day and gained Gold and Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards. The school’s eco-ambassadors achieved Eco Schools’ coveted Green Flag status, promoting environmental initiatives including a pledge to be carbon-neutral by 2050. Ballard is the first UK school to have two electric minibuses.

Pupils make the most of their opportunities, with alumni that include Olympic medalists, world champions, successful authors, an international opera star and a pop band.

Below are some of the highlights for our key entry points.

Reception pupils make the most of every opportunity with specialist teachers for Dance, PE, Sport, Music, Gymnastics, Yoga, and Forest & Beach School, and from Year 1, French and PSHE. Children use our iPads and 75” interactive screens; enjoy weekly Cooking, Art, and ‘Librarian’ sessions. They have fun with topic-led lessons, Maths and Literacy from our experienced year group specialists.

DT, Expressive Arts, ICT and Science start in Year 3 with specialist teachers alongside Sport, Gymnastics and Forest School. Regular library lessons and the Accelerated Reader Programme assist literacy; WOW days immerse pupils in topics including WWII; VR headsets walk pupils through tropical rainforests and life-skills are learnt during cookery and PSHE. In Year 5, they learn Spanish alongside French.

Year 7 pupils enjoy the full array of GCSE specialist teachers. There is plenty to keep pupils busy – team building at the start of the year, a week-long team-building residential at the end, CREST and Arts awards, sports festivals and a production.

“Wow! The pupils are so lucky to be able to get involved in so many activities. What a wonderful school and wonderful staff,” Parent, Year 3 pupil.

“Our daughter is settled, happy and engaged – what more could we as parents ask for? She comes out of school happy every day,” Parent, Year 3 pupil.

“It’s clear that your enthusiastic and energetic teachers make for engaged and motivated pupils,” Parent, Year 5 pupil.

“Sending our daughter to Ballard has literally been the difference between her getting an education and not,” Parent, Year 7 pupil.

“He’s flourished into a young man who’s willing to take on new challenges and push himself to learn and try new things – the difference is truly amazing,” Parent, Year 9 pupil.

“The difference between the boy that left his old school to the one we see today is exceptional,” Parent, Year 10 pupil.

“I’m deeply grateful for the lasting, positive impact you’ve had on my daughter,” Parent, Year 11 pupil.

There has never been a better time to join, but don’t just take the word of Ballard parents, The Good Schools Guide or ISI – come and see for yourself. Call the friendly Registrar team on 01425 626900 for an appointment or email: There is a wealth of information at