Ardingly College

Type of school : Co-educational

Age range : 13 - 18

No. of students : 500

No. of boarders : 242


Ardingly College is set in 230 acres of tranquil Sussex countryside, just 15km from Gatwick Airport.  Ardingly has what is quite possibly the most beautiful campus of any school in this country.  The idyllic campus, the outstanding facilities and the excellent academic program provide a unique opportunity for students to live and work in a very special educational environment.  Ardingly is a very friendly, happy school where staff and students work together to achieve common educational goals.  Parents choosing to send their children here quickly see the difference that an Ardingly education can make.

Our aim is 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.  The school could be described as a global village where education is underpinned with Christian values and strong pastoral care.



Ardingly became the first school in Europe to design and build a solar car, and complete the Bridgestone Solar Car Challenge in Australia.  We also became the first school in the UK to win the Double-Double in Football, by winning the ISFA Cup and League in both 2014 and 2015.


Academic Programmes: The international Baccalaureate and A Levels are offered in the Sixth form; Pre-IB and IGCSE’s in the Middle School.  Ardingly was ranked in the top 10 IB schools in the country in 2014 and 2015 with an average points score of 37.9, ahead of the worldwide average score of 30. 

We had our best GCSE results yet; the average subject grade per candidate was an A, and 21% of the 112 Fifth Form (Year 11) attained all A*s or As.  28% of grades across the cohort were A* and 63% of all grades were A* - A.

In 2015 Ardingly was the first school in Europe to build a solar car and race it 3000km across Australia. 


ฺBoarding: Ardingly is a global community with a wonderfully varied mix of nationalities.  Boys and girls learn, compete and socialise in the co-ed environment with a lively programme of 7 days a week activities.  Pastoral care is second to none.  A major House refurbishment programme has resulted in excellent facilities and the Upper Sixth students have their own purpose built Godwin Hall.  House parents, with assistants and tutors, ensure that the 4 boarding houses feel like home.  Two new girls’ houses open in September 2016.



Sports: Ardingly has its own Elite Football Programme and should be regarded as the best independent football school in the country, having won the ISFA National Cup for two consecutive years.  Hockey is also very strong with a number of country and regional achievements for girls and boys.  The neighbouring Ardingly Reservoir hosts successful rowing and sailing teams.  The variety of other sports available, include golf, riding, fencing, rugby, swimming, water polo and basketball.

Creative Arts: The bright, spacious Art school houses a large gallery, four studios including a textiles room, sculpture studio, an extensive art library, IT facilities and a kiln room.  The Music school hosts 30 specialist musicians to enable an extensive timetable.  Musicians attend 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, with Patron Dame Judi Dench. Ardingly College was founded in 1858 by Canon Nathaniel Woodard to provide good education grounded in the Christian faith, it is now part of the Woodard Corporation.