West Sussex, United Kingdom
About Ardingly College
Ardingly College is an independent co-education school for pupils aged 2 – 18. Founded in 1858, Ardingly College is a school of over 950 pupils, including those in the Prep and Pre Prep. Located in the beautiful Sussex Weald, Ardingly College also benefits from being twelve minutes by train from the vibrant university city of Brighton, while London is 40 minutes away and Gatwick airport 10 minutes by train. Ardingly College is a school that looks to the future with imagination and enthusiasm to create the best of 21st century education.
The Senior School is a co-educational day and boarding school with approximately 590 pupils aged 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. Recent academic success has seen the school rise to 6th in the UK IB rankings and 53rd in the 2018 Telegraph league table for sixth form results. 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 College achieves high academic standards at GCSE, A Level and IB. Last year had a 100% pass rate at A Level/IB, with 84% of those passes being A*-B and an IB average of 39 points (from a cohort of almost fifty pupils). 24% of all grades awarded to sixth form students were either A*s or 7s in 2018, at GCSE 53% of grades at GCSE were 9 or 8s. 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 particularly in football, where the school won the U18 ISFA cup for two consecutive seasons in 2015 and 2016 and girls’ hockey where the team reached the national finals in 2015 and 2017. Music and Drama are particularly strong, with a vibrant extra-curricular provision including international music tours, concerts held at a range of venues across the South East including St Pauls Cathedral, while the Drama department frequently takes productions to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Pupils also participate in the exciting Solar Car Project which saw Ardingly College enter the 2016 World Solar Race in Australia, becoming the only European school to complete this event. A second Solar Car will be entered in 2019’s race.
Over the past ten years, the College has built a Sports Hall and fitness suite, three new boarding houses, including a £6 million, co-educational Upper Sixth house opened in 2013 and a second all-weather astro-turf pitch, while a new STEM centre is currently nearing completion.
Ardingly College has a strong international perspective and approximately 35% of the students are from overseas. Around thirty nationalities are represented at Ardingly College, 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.