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'There’s a section attack on the headmaster’s field this afternoon,’ she added enthusiastically, as a cannon was wheeled into the quad. ‘It just shoots blanks,’ she said cheerfully, ‘but it makes lots of noise.’ It’s difficult to argue with the...

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Ardingly College is a quintessentially British school, with an outward-looking, international character and the highest academic standards. The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) has described our school as 'outstanding' with 'excellent' teaching, 'excellent' achievements and 'excellent' leadership, with 'a lively academic atmosphere' and 'courteous, well-behaved and co-operative' pupils. One of our former pupils, Ian Hislop, said on a recent visit: I had a real education here and I mean real in the widest sense; it gave me a genuine, questing desire to work out more than just how many marks youd gain for each section of an exam paper. ...Read more

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'There’s a section attack on the headmaster’s field this afternoon,’ she added enthusiastically, as a cannon was wheeled into the quad. ‘It just shoots blanks,’ she said cheerfully, ‘but it makes lots of noise.’ It’s difficult to argue with the evident joys of...


Since September 2014, Ben Figgis MA (Cantab). Previously deputy head at Oakham, where he also taught sixth form history and theory of knowledge. Has also been history teacher, housemaster and head of boarding at Abingdon. Before taking up teaching had a life in media, which he left after concerns about the ethical compromises involved in news gathering. Keen to provide pupils with a modern education, and a world view. Enrichment is a word which comes up a lot – an interest and excitement in subjects is as important as achieving a particular grade....

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Special Education Needs

The Learning Support Department offers individual lessons for pupils who have a mild specific learning difficulty. All pupils however must be able to cope in the classroom without individual Learning Assistant support.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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