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Ardingly College Preparatory and Pre-Preparatory School, Sussex

School Details
School Crest
Haywards Heath,
United Kingdom,
RH17 6SQ

Tel: +44 1444 893200

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Mr Jim Castle

Suzanne O'Shea

This school offers flexi-boarding.

Accreditations and affiliations:
BSA, Woodard Schools, IAPS
Religious affiliation:
Church of England, All denominations welcome
Teaching languages:
Age Range & Fees
2 - 13
Day Fees
Annual Weekly
Boarding Fees
Annual Full
Boarding Fees
Number of Pupils
School Boy
School Girl
Full board
This school offers
Number of Staff
Full Time
Part Time
GCSE Pass Rate - age 16
At Grades A* to C
Pass Rate - age 18
courses are offered for age 18 exams
Higher Education
Pupils who went on to Higher Education or took Gap Year

Method of Entry:

Visit school, Taster days, Trial day at school, Scholarship exam, References, Report from previous school, Interview, Entry test or exam

Scholarships & Bursaries:

Choral, Sport, 6th Form, All-rounder, Senior school entry, Music, Art, Academic, Drama, Clergy/Ministers, CDT, Other bursaries, Junior school entry

What we offer

  • Theology
  • Business studies
  • Classics
  • Economics
  • Design technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Critical thinking
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • Latin
  • French
  • English
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Lacrosse
  • Swimming
  • Badminton
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Martial arts
  • Water sports
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Fencing
  • Fitness training
  • Rugby
  • Rounders
  • Gymnastics
  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Table tennis
  • Netball
  • Skiing
  • Scuba diving
  • Horse riding and management
  • Young Enterprise
  • Orienteering
  • Yoga
  • Astronomy
  • First aid/life savers
  • Chess
  • Cadets - CCF/ACF/ATC etc
  • Adventure training
  • Shooting
  • Dance
  • Canoeing
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Ballet
  • Sailing
  • Beavers/Cubs/Scouts
  • Language club
  • Drama productions
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Pipe band
  • Brass
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Percussion
  • Jazz
  • School bus service
  • Particular diets
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Rail/Airport services
  • Before school/Breakfast club
  • After school club
  • Experience of diplomatic corps' children
  • Experience of services' children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
Ardingly College is an independent co-educational boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 2-18 located in the south east of England. Situated in beautiful West Sussex countryside between London and Brighton, the College is 12 miles south of London Gatwick airport, 35 miles from London Heathrow and convenient for Surrey, Hampshire and Kent.

The 230 acre campus is home to The Farmhouse Pre-Preparatory School (ages 4 -7) including a Nursery School from 2½, The Preparatory School (ages 7-13) and The Senior School (13-18). The Sixth Form offers a choice of A Levels and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses.

The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) has praised Ardingly College as highly successful, with excellent leadership and some exceptionally high achieving pupils.The ISI inspection report is characterised by the words, "excellent," "outstanding," and "exceptional."

Ardingly is a friendly family school with strong academic credentials but which also encourages the all-rounder; for example we can teach three modern languages and Latin but also have time for drama, music, art, ICT and daily sport. All pupils sit Common Entrance or Scholarship examinations and most go on to the Senior School.

Ardingly offers weekly and flexi boarding and this provision also benefits day pupils, who are able to take an active part in a wider extra-curricular programme. It is a significant attraction to busy parents who know their children are gainfully occupied after school hours. Prep is done at school and then pupils can have supper and take part in the many school clubs.

All children in the Prep and Pre-Prep benefit from the magnificent sports facilities of the senior school; we share playing fields, sports hall, tennis courts and the swimming pool. We are an Activemark Gold School (awarded by Sport England) with well-qualified staff delivering a broad programme of traditional girls' and boys' sports. We also offer golf, horse riding and water sports on the nearby Ardingly Reservoir.

Pupils also benefit from outstanding music tuition. More than half the music teachers have been or are involved in the UK's top orchestras and choirs and children can choose from 23 instruments. Nearly 60% study an instrument and many play in the school orchestras, ensembles and jazz band and sing in the school choirs in Ardingly's beautiful Chapel. A Christian ethos lies at the heart of Ardingly but we welcome children of all faiths and of none.

The Ardingly Pre-Prep and Nursery School, under the headship of Hilary Nawrocka, is home to almost 100 pupils. The children enjoy their own separate part of the college. They work and play in beautiful and spacious award-winning buildings adapted around a former farmhouse and have extensive and well-equipped playground areas.
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