Ardingly College stands in a 230-acre campus in the beautiful West Sussex countryside, mid-way between London and Brighton. The College aims to enable all boys and girls to develop their love of learning, academic potential and individual talents in a caring community which fosters sensitivity, confidence, a sense of service and enthusiasm for life. Ardingly could be described as a global village where education is underpinned by Christian Values and strong pastoral care.
At a glance
The Pre-IB is offered alongside IGCSEs, followed by the IB Diploma and A Levels in the Sixth Form. Learning is enriched through myriad activities and projects, whether star-gazing from the school’s own Observatory or organising a fun run. IB candidates achieve an average score of over 36, two-thirds of A Level candidates achieve A*/B, and well over half of leavers go on to Russell Group universities. Recent additions to facilities include an Economics and Business Studies centre.
The boys and girls of Ardingly’s global community learn, compete and socialise through a lively programme of activities. A major refurbishment programme has resulted in excellent facilities and the Year 13 students have their own purpose-built Godwin Hall, with single study en-suite bedrooms. The Housemaster/mistress of each House is responsible for pupils’ academic and personal welfare, and along with the pastoral team ensures that the House is a home from home.
Whether competitive or recreational there is opportunity for all, and along with the major sports the College offers Golf, Horse Riding, Fencing, Rugby, Water Polo and outdoor watersports. The coaching staff boasts a number of ex-internationals and talented Football, Cricket and Hockey players benefit from an elite training programme. The 1st XI won the National Football ISFA Cup in both 2015 and 2016 and Hockey has seen a number of county and regional achievements by both girls and boys.
The bright, spacious Art School houses a large gallery, four studios including a Textiles room, a Sculpture studio, an extensive Art library, IT facilities and a kiln room. The Music School hosts 30 specialist musicians to enable an extensive teaching timetable, professional musicians hold masterclasses and there are countless opportunities to perform, such as Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral. Drama productions take place throughout the year and there is an annual summer Arts Festival.
Did you know?
- In 2015, and with an engineering team of 80 ranging in age from 11-18, Ardingly was the first school in Europe to design, build and race a solar car 3,000km across Australia.
- Dame Judy Dench, Oscar winner and star of Shakespeare in Love, Chocolat and 7 James Bond movies, is Patron of the College’s annual Arts Festival.