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  • Ardingly College Prep School
    Haywards Heath
    West Sussex
    RH17 6SQ
  • Head: Mr Calvey
  • T 01444 893200
  • F 01444 8932001
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  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 3 to 13 with a linked senior school
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: West Sussex
  • Pupils: 385
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: Day £8,400 - £15,150; Weekly Boarding +£3,540 pa
  • Open days: Open Mornings take place each term.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report
  • Linked schools: Ardingly College

What says..

Ardingly achieves excellence in football, hockey, cricket and swimming; but rugby is not perhaps their most prominent sport: one parent commented on the brutality in matches against ‘rugby schools’. When the queues outside matron’s room of those suddenly struck down by illness before matches became regular, it was decided to...

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What the school says...

Our aim is to make every pupil's experience exciting and fulfilling and one they will look back at with genuine happiness. We are set in the glorious surroundings of the Sussex countryside where girls and boys are able to develop their love for learning in a safe and caring environment. We are part of the Woodard foundation and as such the Christian values of tolerance and forgiveness for others underpin all that we do here.

We offer a broad curriculum which we aspire to deliver through the highest standards of teaching. We want children to take risks in the classroom, not to be afraid of getting it wrong, but rather confident enough to ask questions and think for themselves. All children have talents and gifts, both in and out of the classroom and we are always looking to identify and celebrate these at every opportunity.
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Since 2007, Chris Calvey BEd (40s), previously deputy head at Bishopsgate. Energetic and approachable. There is a gentleness about him – it is easy to see that children would trust him very quickly: beaming smiles and chorused greetings as we toured the school. A parent described the head as ‘quite incredible – he knows and cares about every child.’ When they were being shown around the school, the head apparently asked a boy who was staring out the window, not paying attention, a question, which he couldn’t answer - ‘ah, you're thinking about that winning six on Wednesday…’ He’s really involved with the children; and pupils know their importance to him: recipients of an HMI (Head Master’s Initials) school award can interrupt any meeting to receive their award from the head.

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