Getting to Ballard School

By Road

The School is located half a mile north of New Milton town centre on the B3058. Entry to the School grounds is by way of an entrance-only, private drive which feeds into a one-way system for safety. The main car park and drop-off lane serves the Lower-Prep, Upper-Prep and Senior School and there is an additional car park to the rear of the grounds for Nursery and Pre-Prep. Exit from the School grounds is via an exit-only gate back onto the B3058.

Our School Bus Service


The School has a fleet of private minibuses and offers an excellent service covering East Dorset and West Hampshire.

Pupils are picked up and returned to their front doors in most cases. Coverage includes: Bournemouth, Poole, Canford Cliffs, Penn Hill, Westbourne, Talbot Woods, Charminster, Queens Park, Southbourne, Ferndown, Christchurch, Mudeford, Highcliffe, Beaulieu, Ringwood, Burley, Lymington, Lyndhurst, Minstead, Sway, Ashurst, Brockenhurst, Boldre, Bransgore, Burton and Pennington. (Please refer to our map for all locations or email our Transport Manager;, if your area is not currently shown).

Our buses are all modern and regularly renewed. All drivers are MiDAS trained or have a full bus/coach licence and have a full DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) clearance. Buses are scheduled to arrive at School by 8.30am and leave School for home at 5.10pm. Routes are regularly under review and we will try to meet individual requirements where possible.

*September 2019 – New minibus and route added *

Due to increased demand, we have added a new minibus to our fleet. This new route picks up from Corfe Mullen, Wimborne Minster and Holt.

Train Service

New Milton railway station is only five minutes level walk from the School grounds. The station is on the main Waterloo to Bournemouth/Weymouth line with trains running to and from Southampton and Bournemouth/Poole every half an hour. In the darker winter months, the School provides a minibus service for children to and from the station in the mornings and evenings. Please ask our Transport Manager for information.

In the afternoon, there are at least two trains per hour leaving for stations to Bournemouth and Southampton.

Bus Routes

BUS 1  BUS 2 BUS 3
Poole (Penn Hill) – Canford Cliffs – Westbourne – Iford West Parley – Ferndown – Ringwood – Burley Bournemouth – Talbot Woods – Kings Park – Southbourne
Charminster – Queens Park Ashurst – Lyndhurst – Emery Down – Brockenhurst – Sway Verwood – Ringwood – Crow – Bransgore
Norleywood – Boldre – Lymington – Pennington – Everton Southbourne – Tuckton – Christchurch – Mudeford – Highcliffe Dibden Purlieu – Beaulieu – Brockenhurst – Lymington – Pennington – Everton

If the current route/area does not meet with your needs the minibus co-ordinator will be happy to discuss re–routing one of our buses if possible.



Ballard School
Virtual Open Day


Welcome to Ballard.

In light of current circumstances and safety restrictions, we are unfortunately unable to open our doors for our traditional Open Mornings.

We have therefore created a ‘Virtual Open Day’, where you may tour our beautiful School and learn everything you need to know about our School.

Visit our Virtual Open Day.