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Ardingly College
  • Ardingly College
    College Road
    Haywards Heath
    West Sussex
    RH17 6SQ
  • Head: Ben Figgis
  • T 01444 893000
  • F 01444 893001
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • Ardingly College is an English independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 13 to 18, located near Ardingly, West Sussex. Educating around 600 pupils, there is also a linked junior school. It was founded as St Saviour’s College in 1858 by Nathaniel Woodward.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: West Sussex
  • Pupils: 616; sixth formers: 264
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: Day £23,985; Boarding £34,935 pa
  • Open days: Open Mornings take place each term.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • ISI report: View the ISI report
  • Linked schools: Ardingly College Prep School

What says..

'There’s a section attack on the headmaster’s field this afternoon,’ she added enthusiastically, as a cannon was wheeled into the quad.

Feels a bit like a university campus, with boarding houses reached by a path through a tranquil bluebell-lined woodland glade. There’s no held breath tension in the corridors here: pupils are relaxed and happy, with an outward looking politeness. It’s not a leap to your feet school, but there was a…

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What the school says...

Ardingly College is an independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 2-18. Situated between London and Brighton on a beautiful 230-acre campus, in West Sussex, it is only 25 minutes from Gatwick Airport and there is a school bus to transport the weekly boarders from London.

Ardingly College is quintessentially English so one could be forgiven for thinking that it takes a traditional approach to teaching. However, Ardingly College is forward-thinking: pushing boundaries and offering unique enrichment opportunities. We find in each child something they are good at, so they grow in confidence and in turn happiness. When they leave us they are comfortable in their own skin and able to say they are ‘World-Ready’.

Results 2019

Over half of A Level entries achieved the top grade of A* or A.
Over three-quarters of IB Diploma entries achieved the top grade of 7 or 6.
100% of university applicants gained entry to their first or second choice university.

Top 50 A Level ranking among UK independent schools
Top 10 IB ranking among UK independent schools
Top 20 IB worldwide ranking

We are delighted to attract both top performers and also late bloomers who have a strong work ethic and apply a good attitude to school. We work together to nurture both academic ability and outstanding life skills to build future success beyond school and nearly every student seeking a place at university is successful.
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International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

Other features

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.






What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2014, Ben Figgis MA (Cantab), married to Joanna. Previously deputy head at Oakham, and was 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 newsgathering. 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.

Pupils are very enthusiastic about the head and say he’s ‘balanced’. Described by a parent as ‘approachable’; she said her children all really like him.

Academic matters

In 2019, 65 per cent A*-A/9-7 grades at GCSE. Subjects are almost uniformly excellent, with sciences and maths being popular high performers, and humanities...

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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
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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