Top scholarship and summer celebrations at Great Ballard School

July 18, 2017

This year, the top Academic Scholarship to Hurstpierpoint was awarded to Saoirse Osborne with an impressive set of A* results across English, Maths, Science, French, Geography and History.

Saoirse has been at Great Ballard since she started school and Richard Evans, Headmaster said that he was delighted for her and that she thoroughly deserved the excellent grades. Staff who have know her since she started were also all thrilled for her.

All our Form 8 leavers, aged 12 and 13 also successfully gained places to their senior schools with other awards also for Sport and All Rounders being achieved.

The last weeks of term are always busy and this year was no exception. With Sports Days, a school camp, trips out, various Form 8 Leavers’ events and school concerts, exam successes and international visitors, pupils have really been enjoying a truly broad education.

It has also been lovely to see so many events attended by parents. Our visiting International students all had a wonderful time and went away having enjoyed being part of the Great Ballard Community here in Eartham and visiting many local areas and attractions over recent weeks. During sports day, they also added an extra bit of competition by fielding an “international” relay team in a hotly contested relay race.

Our annual Prize Giving was an occasion to celebrate all our pupils’ achievements and we were delighted to welcome back Richard Jennings, a previous Headmaster at Great Ballard who, like several parents, commented on the upbeat buzz around the school. The music provided by Mr Larley and the children was lovely and it was an ideal opportunity to recognise Mr and Mrs Thomas for their long service to the school – each having been here for 25 years and having seen numerous children successfully gain places to their chosen senior schools and beyond.

During the summer months, the school is holding Ultimate Activity Camps which has over 40 activities ranging from Archery to Zorbing with sports, crafts, woodland ultimate survival adventures and much more and there is also our Nursery Holiday Club available. All these activities are open to non Great Ballard children so if you are interested in knowing more please contact us directly for the Nursery Club or book for Ultimate Activity Camps at

Our next Open Day will be on Saturday September 23rd between 9:30 and 12:30 if you would like to come and visit but in the meantime, if you are looking at school options for September and would like to come and visit during the summer holidays, we would be delighted to arrange a private tour and meeting for you. or 01243 814236.

Do have a look at the new website to find out more about some of the summer term activities that have been going on. Discover more at

We wish you all an enjoyable summer holiday.

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