West Sussex, United Kingdom
About Ardingly College
Ardingly College is a 2 - 18 school situated in a spectacular setting in the Sussex Weald. As a Woodard school, the College puts the human flourishing of each pupil at the heart of its educational purpose, and has a strong recent record of innovation and development. It is a school that looks to the future with imagination and enthusiasm to create the best of 21st century education.
The College comprises three schools:
The Pre-Prep School on the southern edge of the campus is a Nursery and Pre-Preparatory School catering for 110 pupils from 2 to 7 years of age.
The Prep School, which is situated in and around the north-western wing of the main school building, caters for 260 girls and boys from 7 to 13 years of age. The Prep School shares some of its facilities with the Senior School, but is a separate school in its own right.
The Senior School is a co-educational day and boarding school with approximately 570 pupils from 13 – 18. The Senior School provides an all-round education centred on a strong academic core that offers students the choice of A Levels or the IB Diploma in the Sixth Form. The most recent ISI report judged the College to be Outstanding in every aspect: academic provision and the quality of teaching, the personal development of the pupils, and governance and leadership.
Ardingly achieves high academic standards at GCSE, A Level and IB. Last year the College had a 100% pass rate at A Level/IB, with 88% of those passes being A*-B and an IB average of 37 points. College life is based on a strong boarding and all-round ethos, and all staff are expected to contribute to the pastoral and co-curricular life and duties in this busy and successful school. The school offers an outstanding range of co-curricular activities and has a proud tradition of sporting achievement.
Over the past ten years, the College has built a new Sports Hall and fitness suite, three new boarding houses, a second all-weather astro-turf pitch and a Music Recital Room. The Prep School has been re-located and now enjoys first rate teaching facilities, and at the top end of the Senior School, a new £6 million co-educational Upper Sixth House was opened in 2013. Future developments include improvements to Science and Drama.
Ardingly has a strong international perspective and approximately 35% of the students are from overseas. Around 30 nationalities are represented at Ardingly, with the largest contingent coming from mainland Europe. This is seen as one of the College’s strengths, as the diverse range of international students adds considerably to College life.