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  • Ardingly College Prep School
    Haywards Heath
    West Sussex
    RH17 6SQ
  • Head: Jim Castle - acting head
  • 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: 366; 35 full/weekly, 28 flexi boarders
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: Day £12,600 - £15,450 pa; Weekly Boarding + £3,300 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..

The strong community is evident – parents say older pupils look out for the younger ones, and some volunteer for community service, which involves getting up an hour early to help make breakfast or pick up litter. Independent learning and thought is the great strength here. Children get as much choice as possible, younger children deciding the term’s topic – year 2 chose circuses, and all subjects were taught through the circus medium, children learning their tables through juggling; year 3 chose…

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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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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since January 2018, Harry Hastings, previously head of Brighton College Prep. His introduction to teaching was through gapping at his old prep, and his path to this second headship has led him through Exeter and Oxford Universities, a prep in Devon, Peponi House in Kenya, the Dragon School and eight years as assistant head at Cumnor House Sussex.


Most join in nursery (pre-nursery from age 2), year 3 and year 7, with a scattering across the other year groups. Taster day with assessment of reading, spelling, vocab and maths. Doesn’t accept those performing below their age in all tests, and below the standardised performance in maths. For year 7 and 8, entrance exams in English, maths, verbal reasoning and reading, and an interview with the head.

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Special Education Needs

We are here to provide extra help and support to students to enable them to achieve full access to the curriculum and realise their full potential, irrespective of their background or ability. We understand that pupils can need support for many reasons, and are aware that some may need a lot of support all the way through school, whilst others will only need a small amount for a short time. Our teaching styles and individual programmes of study reflect the need for flexibility and enable us to cater for the diverse range of both English language and learning needs of our pupils.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
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
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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