The Foundation Board

Mr Alex Balls

Mr Alex Balls

Deputy Head - Staff

Alex developed a passion for education on a gap year working in a prep school before gaining a degree in Physical Education and Geography from the University of Southampton. His first teaching job was in a large maintained school in Sussex where he taught both Geography and Physical Education as well as sharing his love of the mountains as Head of Outdoor Education. Having attended Reed’s as a pupil, he returned in 1998 and has held a variety of roles including Housemaster, Head of The Close, Head of Middle School, and Director of Sport & Activities amongst others. Alex gained a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Buckingham in 2013 and is keen to help develop our staff through evidence-informed practice. 

A firm believer and advocate for excellence in an all round education, Alex has helped shape the development and growth of the School whilst maintaining its core ethos, having been a Foundationer at Reed’s himself. He enjoyed a moderately successful playing and coaching career in rugby and still relishes his involvement in sport, although more from the side-line these days, and enjoys spending time with his family and dog. 

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