An independent school near Chichester has announced a significant investment in its facilities and school development.
Great Ballard School has invested £2m in supporting the development of the school, which will be used both to purchase a nearby property to create more classrooms and redevelop existing buildings at the school. However, the school said it will “maintain the small classes and the family focused ethos that the school is renowned for”.
The school has announced several other developments recently, such as news that from September 2021 pupils will have the opportunity to remain at Great Ballard for their GCSEs. Great Ballard School has also invested in a new IT infrastructure which will see pupils in years 5 to 8 able to use Chromebooks from the beginning of the new term in September.
These major investments demonstrate the owners’ confidence in the future of the school, as well as their ongoing commitment to further raise standards, whilst maintaining the family ethos that pupils and parents have come to love – Matthew King, headteacher, Great Ballard School
The school will also welcome a new headteacher for the coming academic year: Matthew King. King said: “I am thrilled to be joining Great Ballard at such an exciting time of development and progress.
“These major investments demonstrate the owners’ confidence in the future of the school, as well as their ongoing commitment to further raise standards, whilst maintaining the family ethos that pupils and parents have come to love.”
Sue Jay, the school’s managing director, said: “This is a truly exciting time for Great Ballard and we are greatly looking forward to seeing the positive impact of these developments, all of which will contribute further to the unique learning experience of each Great Ballard pupil.”