Rhodes House takes its name from Rev. Herbert Rhodes who was the third Headmaster of Ardingly and who served from 1904 – 1911. It started life in 1948 as a mixed Boarding/Day house in the area that is now the Art School. In 2003, with the new boarding houses built, it changed into a full Day house and moved into what were the old LVIth boarding facilities in the building known as Wilson.
Rhodes House is a three storey building situated in the very heart of the school being a stones-throw away from the tuck shop, the dining hall, the Under, the art school and the science labs.
Rhodes has a total of 29 rooms of various sizes ranging from individual rooms for VIth formers to rooms of four for new Shell entry. Each room has an individual desk, chair and lockable cupboard for every occupant. There are, of course, shower rooms and toilets on every floor. There are two common rooms, one with two televisions and another, quieter room, housing five computers as well as a relaxation area, an X-Box room and a table football room.
There is a small brew room on the ground floor as well as a ‘Gap’ room for lost property. Rhodes also has a garden – unique to all the other houses. Wi-fi is available throughout the house. Visitors are allowed into any communal areas on the ground floor at various times during the day and made to feel very welcome.
Internal competitions are regularly held to raise money for a chosen charity. In 2010, we adopted a Siberian tiger.
Mr Jonathan Caldicot took over as Housemaster when Rhodes became a day house in 2003. He joined Ardingly College as Head of Drama in 1990 having been Senior Stage Manager for the Royal Shakespeare Company based at the Barbican Theatre. Rhodes has a diverse House tutor group covering such subjects as English, Drama, Science and Languages.
Ardingly College, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 6SQ