Welcome to our School


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Great Ballard is an independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 2 to 13. It is situated in the magnificent Eartham House set in idyllic parkland just 10 minutes from Chichester.

Our children enjoy a vibrant and genuinely all round education that is exciting, challenging and stimulating. Academic study is central to what we do and we expect all our pupils to adopt a healthy work ethic, but we also believe that to truly educate we must celebrate the creative, physical, and spiritual, as much as the intellectual.

Our aim is to nurture happy, accomplished, and well rounded children. We value self confidence, but not arrogance, and applaud gentleness and humility. We appreciate unaffected good manners and embrace traditional values. We respect individuality and recognise success, but most essentially quality of character is regarded equally as highly as achievement.

We understand that parents have a choice of a number of independent schools in West Sussex, and each is unique. How do you know if Great Ballard is right for you? We think the only way to assess what we're all about is to come and see us. We are confident you will be able to appreciate how much we care about each and every one of our children and their individual needs. Our classes are small so we can give everyone the attention they deserve.

Meanwhile, we hope these pages give you an insight into our school and its beautiful setting. We are incredibly fortunate to be nestled in the heart of the South Downs National Park with extensive grounds where our children play and learn about nature through our Forest School activities. Indeed our woodlands and grounds provide a unique extended classroom for all.


Richard Evans,


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Our next Open Morning is Saturday 6th May 2017.

Safeguarding Statement

The parents of Great Ballard School should be aware that the school has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children who are their pupils. This responsibility necessitates a safeguarding policy and the school may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare.


Forward Dates

Spring Term 2017

Pupils: Monday 9th January

Half Term: 20th February - 25th February

Ends: Friday 31st March

Summer Term 2017

Pupils: Monday 24th April

Half Term: 29th May - 2nd June

Ends: Friday 7th July

Autumn Term 2017

Pupils: Monday 4th September

Half Term: 23rd October - 3rd November

Ends: Friday 15th December

Spring Term 2018 (Provisional)

Pupils: Monday 8th January

Half Term: 19th February - 23rd February

Ends: Thursday 29th March

Termly Calendar
  • Headmaster's Assembly In Hall - 8.30am

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  • Delancey Chess 'Megafinal' - Downlands Community S...

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  • May Bank Holiday - School Closed

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  • Form 5 Parents' Evening Surnames C-M 5.30pm, O-V 6...

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  • Hurstpierpoint Academic Scholarship Exams

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  • Cricket v Sompting Abbotts U13(H) U11(A) U9(H)

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  • Form 1 Trip to Tangmere Pepper Farm - 9.15am-11.45...

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  • U13/12/11 Girls' Rounders v Sompting Abbotts

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  • Form 4 Trip to Tangmere Aviation Museum and Goodwo...

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  • Form 6 Trip to the Royal Observatory, Herstmonceux...

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About Great Ballard School and Eartham House

It is set in the South Downs National Park situated in Eartham, just off the A27, between Chichester and Arundel in West Sussex. It's a safe, beautiful, fun, caring and inspiring place for children to learn and grow. We provide full 'wrap around care' for children whose families have busy lives. This includes flexible boarding, subsidised bus runs and a breakfast club. We are financially viable and have an excellent educational standard.


If you'd like to know more, please just get in touch. Better still, why not come and see for yourself? A warm welcome is always assured. 


As one of our parents put it: 'the school has the atmosphere of one big family and that's what we and our children love.'

Key features:

  • Idyllic setting
  • Small classes
  • Caring for children as individuals
  • Integrating technology and tradition 
  • Forest School Sessions
  • Scholarships to Senior Schools
  • Provision for Gifted and Talented children
  • Pupil Support Department
  • Art, Music, Drama, Sport, Varied Activities, Travel, Challenges and more.
  • International Students

Year groups:

  • Nursery 2 - 4
  • Reception 4 - 5
  • Pre Prep 5 - 7
  • Prep School 7 - 13

Eartham House
Venue Hire

Eartham House
  • Weddings
  • Corporate Events
  • Music and Art
  • Social Occasions

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