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Ardingly College

Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England

Ardingly College, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England | Dickinson | British Boarding School Consulting

Ardingly College

Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England


Ardingly College, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England | Dickinson | British Boarding School Consulting

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

Age range: 11 to 18
Total no. of pupils: 827 / Boys: 385 / Girls: 442
Percentage of boarders: 38%
Percentage of International pupils: 19%
Pupils in Sixth Form: 267
Average class size: Senior school: / Sixth Form:
Sixth Form termly boarding fee: 23/24 £14,737
Top 6 sports:
Boys: Football, Hockey, Cricket, Fencing, Athletics, Swimming
Girls: Hockey, Netball, Tennis, Football, Athletics, Rowing
Linked prep/junior school: Yes
Nearest major airports: Gatwick (23km), Heathrow (85km)
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The Pre-IB is offered alongside IGCSEs, followed by the IB Diploma, A Levels and BTEC in the Sixth Form. Learning is enhanced by a myriad of activities delivered through the Enrichment Programme. IB candidates achieve an average score of 38.7, more than half of A Level candidates achieve A*/A, and 80%+ of leavers go on to Russell Group universities. Developments to facilities in recent years have included a new Economics and Business Studies centre and a £5m refurbishment of the Science Centre to include DT.

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The boys and girls of Ardingly’s global community learn, compete and socialise through a lively programme of activities. A major refurbishment programme has enhanced the excellent facilities and 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.

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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.

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Creative arts

The bright, spacious Art School houses a large gallery, four studios including a Textiles room, a Sculpture studio, a photography dark room, 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 including performances at the Edinburgh Fringe.

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.
  • Ardingly College has developed a University Preparation Programme TM to assist students with their university applications and interviews and to prepare them for university life.