Woodard Musician of the Year
Seven Ardingly students competed in the final of the Woodard Musician of the Year 2013 on Saturday, the largest number from any Woodard school. As in previous years it took place in St John's Smith Square, next to the Palace of Westminster. With 31 finalists in both the junior and senior sections it was as much a national celebration of Woodard musical talent as a competitive event.Find out more >>
U15s Victoriious in Sussex Cup Final
The Ardingly College U15 Football team capped a fine football season off by winning the Sussex Cup, triumphing over an organised Cardinal Newman team after a penalty shoot out on Friday night.Find out more >>
Cricket successes early in the season for Ardingly
The 1st XI travelled to Reigate to compete in the National 20/20 competition last Sunday. Ardingly were drawn against the excellent Cranleigh School in the first match and scored 110 from their first innings.Find out more >>
Trip to Barcelona
This year's overseas Sixth Form art trip was to Barcelona at the end of the Lent Term. The group travelled around the sunny city, seeing the fascinating architectural works of Antoni Gaudi, travelled on the funicular railway up Montjuic Hill to the Miro and Catalunyan Art Galleries, and saw the harbour area and bright, white Contemporary Art gallery in the centre of the city.Find out more >>
Take a Risk
The Take a Risk Business presentation evening took place on 14 March. The 24 students involved worked incredibly hard over a six week period to come up with a business idea and write a business plan ready for presentation to three judges in a 'Dragon's Den' style format. The winning team was a business called GapAM who offered a service that simplified the planning of GAP years. The members were Edmond Claoue, Thomas Gibbens, Nicola Miller and Kendal Moir.
Talk on The Great Gatsby'
On Monday 29th April, the English Department were delighted to welcome Nicolas Tredell to talk to LVI AS and IB students about 'The Great Gatsby'.Find out more >>
Sixth Form Spring Ball
This year's Masquerade Ball took place on Friday 19th April. It was a wonderful evening with over 240 guests. The students embraced the masquerade theme by wearing a fabulous collection of flamboyant masks. As always the guests were 'dressed to impress' with the boys smartly turned out in black tie and a fabulous array of colourful evening gowns amongst the girls.
Five HeadStart places offered to Ardingly students
HeadStart is a course organised by the Engineering Development Trust for the LVI, where students are placed in universities for a trial week. It is highly competitive and highly respected, with usually over 3,000 applicants for under 1000 places. This year, due to the quality of our students and the support given to HeadStart by Ardingly staff, we have already received five sought-after places at the top Russell Group universities, including Oxbridge. Well done to Michael Awang, Tom Badger, Michael Holmes, Anna Urquhart and Jenya Morrice.
Villiers Park Masterclasses
Villiers Park Educational Trust hold week-long courses, which are opportunities for very able students to consider aspects of their Advanced Level /Higher Level subjects in depth, introducing them to exciting current research and offering a challenging and enriching experience through masterclasses, lectures and group discussions. So far this year three LVI students have successfully completed Villiers Park courses: Juliet Frost completed a week long course called 'Mathematics: Chaos or Clear Cut', Roselyne Grieve attended a 'Social and Forensic Psychology' course, and Jonathan Lee completed 'Complex Problem Solving in Engineering'.
Woodard Master Class 2013
From Monday 8th – Wednesday 10th April 2013 eight LVI students joined a group of talented Sixth Formers from other Woodard Schools for the annual Woodard Master Class held at Trinity College, Oxford. The eight students were nominated by Heads of Department to attend a series of demanding subject sessions and practice interviews. The students involved were Emmanuelle Dahan and Thomas O'Dell for History, Kate Karpenko and Oliver Altman for Mathematics, Ann-Kathrin Henning and Emma Elgee for English and Jennifer Förster and Silas Anderson for Biology. The students were stretched and challenged academically over the three days and the programme was an invaluable insight into undergraduate level study.
Boys Hockey: 1st XI Bath Hockey Tour
The first weekend of the Easter holidays saw a young, inexperienced 1st XI hockey team travel to Bath to take part in four matches at the prestigious Bath Hockey Festival. The team included three members of the Under 15A squad, Michael Makepeace, George Southgate and Louis Evans. All were making their 1st XI debuts. The added youth not only bought energy to the squad but also brought the best out in the senior players who needed to act as leaders on and off the pitch.Find out more >>
Charles Godwin Opens Godwin Hall
Thursday 7th March saw the official opening of Godwin Hall, the new Upper Sixth House offering 96 en suite bedrooms, studies for day pupils and light, spacious facilities for all.Find out more >>
Ardingly ArtsFest Short Story Competition
Welcome to the Ardingly ArtsFest Short Story Competition
Ardingly College is delighted to announce the launch of a new short story competition for 13-18 year old students to celebrate the inaugural Ardingly College ArtsFest 2013.
• First Prize: £100 book tokens
• 2 runners up: £50 book tokens
Judge : Tom Gatti Editor of The Times Review Section
Please click here for more details.Find out more >>
Intermediate Individual Maths Challenge Success for Fifth and Remove students
102 Ardingly students from Remove and Fifth sat the Intermediate Individual Maths challenge on Thursday 7th February. To achieve a certificate in this places you within the top 15% nationwide of able mathematics students in the Remove and Fifth years. Our students collectively achieved: 13 Gold, 21 Silver and 25 Bronze certificate with 6 students (qualifying for the next round.
Ardingly Shakespeare Conference
On Monday 11th March, mid-Sussex was immersed in Shakepeare and snow in almost equal measure as the inaugural Shakespeare Conference was held at Ardingly College.
University academics, staff and students gave papers based on the theme of Silence and Concealment in Shakespeare. Although guest panellist Simon Russell Beale sadly was delayed by public transport disruption, the three distinguished keynote speakers gave a series of inspirational lectures.Find out more >>
100% A* for early entry accelerated IGCSE Mathematics students
In January 2013, 27 accelerated Mathematics students who were entered for the IGCSE Mathematics examination two terms early attained a 100% A* pass rate.Find out more >>
Year 10 Team Maths Challenge Competition Success
On Thursday 7th May four Remove students travelled to Worthing to compete in the regional final of the Year 10 Mathematics Team Challenge competition, run by the Further Maths Support network. The boys worked very well as a team and managed to come in comfortable first place, beating off Lancing College (2nd) and Bede’s (3rd). They will represent Ardingly at the South East final to be held at Sussex University in early May.Find out more >>
Ardingly are Double County Hockey Champions
On Tuesday 26th February, Ardingly Under 14As defeated Hurstpierpoint 4-0 in the final of the Sussex Cup, following in the footsteps of the 1st XI in winning the Sussex title and qualifying for the South Finals as Sussex Champions.Find out more >>
Four Four Two magazine feature Ardingly College
'So footballers are a bunch of thickies? Not any more. Step inside the learning lair where the English Schools Under 18 skipper is honing his skills while studying to be a doctor.'
Click here to view the full article.
Under 15 Hockey Girls Reach County Final
Congratulations to the Under 15A hockey girls who defeated Millais 4-1 on Thursday 7th March to reach the final of the Sussex Cup. The quarter final was almost a distant memory despite it being a nailbiting penalty shootout win over Hurst in November and with the netball season meaning the team were limited to just one training session before the match, this was always going to be a tough challenge. However, the girls started well and took an early lead when Charlotte Childs set up Charlotte Martin-Linsley to score at the far post. Ardingly's pace in attack was a real feature of the game and after another fine attack, Alex Medlicott doubled the lead with a neat finish. However, with Millais pulling a goal back just before half time the game remained in the balance and Ardingly were indebted to a couple of excellent saves from Maddie Moore to maintain their lead.
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ISFA award U15's Fair Play Award
Over the holidays, the Chief Executive of the Independent Schools Football Association, Mark Dickson wrote to The Headmaster:
"I am delighted to inform you that, in addition to performing with great credit by reaching the quarter-finals of the Investec ISFA Cup, the Ardingly College U15 XI regularly received excellent marks from match officials, both at home and away. Referees have been consistently impressed by the manner in which your players have conducted themselves on and off the field and, as a result .. Ardingly are the winners of this season's Fair Play Award at Under 15 XI level."
Gani now Captain of the Full English Schools FA team
Ardingly's football captain, Gani Nuredini, has just added another accolade to his footballing career. Gani, who has already captained the Independent Schools National U18 side, has now been made captain of the full English Schools FA team, who are due to play all the home nations in the Centenary Shield, starting with a match against Wales on Friday 1st March at Lincoln City Football Club.Find out more >>
'Focus on' subject related newsletters
To a read a summary of what our sport, art, drama and music departments have been doing over the last term, please view our 'Focus on' newsletters.
Basketball - league champions for the 3rd year in a row.
The Basketball Team completed their league matches last week, playing Michael Hall away. This was a nail-biting end to the season because the team knew it could well have been the match that clinched the champions title once more.Find out more >>
Careers in Medicine speed talk
The third of our career speed talks took place on the 31st January and we were delighted to welcome Dr Mary Gibbens, Dr Jan Nawrocki, Dr Brodie Forrest, Dr Lucy Free, Isabel Darbyshire and Theodora Verner as our guests. We also welcomed a number of students from Hurstpierpoint College to join Ardingly students in this event.Find out more >>
1st XI Boys Retain Sussex Under 18 Title
Congratulations to the 1st XI hockey boys who successfully retained their Sussex title on Tuesday 12th February with a 3-2 victory over Eastbourne College in the final. Three clinical first half short corners converted by Tim Strueven (2) and Will Godfrey raced Ardingly into a 3-0 lead and despite a spirited Eastbourne fightback in the second half and Ardingly being reduced to ten men for a five minute period towards the end of the match, Ardingly hung on. They now qualiify for the South finals as Sussex Champions for the second year in a row. These regional finals will take place on Wednesday 13th March.Find out more >>
Independent Schools Skiing Championships in Les Deux Alpes
On the last day of term 15 students left for the Independent Schools Skiing Championships in Les Deux Alpes, France. Due to large snowfalls in the weeks leading up to the trip, they were all blessed with excellent skiing conditions. As a result, the students were very enthusiastic about embarking upon two days of race training by the French instructors: everyone found the sessions very useful and learned valuable skills for the racing which followed. The first two races were individual events, a giant slalom followed by the more technical slalom event. In each event the 82 skiers completed the course twice and their times were added together. Jonathan Turner performed well, finishing 7th in the Giant Slalom. Jamie Butt excelled in both events, comfortably finishing second in the boys’ races, and only beaten by a student who regularly competes for Great Britain.Find out more >>
Michaelmas Term Writing Competition
The English Department would like to announce the winner of the Michaelmas Term Writing Competition. The quality of the entries this term was very high and several pieces will be published in 'The Wonderful Bird' anthology at the end of the year. However, one poem stood out as particularly original and haunting. The winner is Henry Gould (Shell) for his poem entitled 'Fishing':
On Thursday, 17th January we hosted our second careers 'speed talk' event this time for students interested in the broad field of marketing, PR and advertising. We were lucky enough to welcome six speakers; Debbie Hindle, Managing Director of a public relations agency, Four bgb; Ben Priest, Creative Director of adam&eveDDB; Jono Marcus, Digital Partner of Inkling Ltd; Tony Smith, Marketing and Communications Manager at Accenture and Jennie Curran and Jules Stapleton, who both have extensive experience in marketing prior to moving to Ardingly College.Find out more >>
On 17th January Dr. Peter Vardy from Heythrop College, University of London spoke to all Remove and L6th IB students as well as students from Roedean and Hurstpierpoint on various topics to do with the construction of knowledge.
Students were stimulated and intellectually challenged by a series of lectures on the following topics:
1.What can we know?
2.The limits of reason
3. Rules and consequences as the basis for ethical decision making
4.The value of stillness and silence as a route to knowledge
Find out more >>
Success at Cassini - Ardingly pupils are UK’s top scientists – yet again!
For the fourth year running, Ardingly College students have won the prestigious national Cassini Scientist for a Day Competition facilitated by the UK Cassini team and Queen Mary’s, University of London. The 12-14 year old category winner is Remove's Cameron Millar, while the 15-17 year old category winner is Yevgeniya Morrice, who is in Lower VI. Many congratulations to them and to their teacher, Mr Igor Zharkov.Find out more >>
England Netballer, Ama Agbeze, visits Ardingly College
Following on from a hugely successful three match whitewash in the recent netball series against Australia Ama Agbeze, the England team goal defence visited the College last week to give the girls a master class in defending. Over eighty girls from the senior school were involved in the training sessions. This is the third year in a row that Ardingly have benefitted from a training session run by an England netball player.Find out more >>
Ardingly Pupil helps East Grinstead win National Hockey Title
Congratulations to Lower Sixth pupil Tim Strueven who was part of the victorious East Grinstead Hockey Club indoor squad who won their fifth successive national title, the Maxifuel Super Sixes Indoor Championship, on Sunday 27th January. In the semi-final against Canterbury, Tim, who is part of the German Under18 national squad, scored a fabulous individual goal. He also played an important part in the final against Reading in front of 7000 fans at the Wembley Arena which was televised live by Sky Sports 2. Tim said how much he enjoyed, “the incredible atmosphere playing in front of such a large crowd,” and the other highlight of the day, “photo opportunities with hundreds of fans!”
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The Ardingly Football Academy record their first win over Premiership Opposition!!
Ardingly’s U15 Football Academy have had a busy week, playing Luton Town and Fulham in consecutive fixtures.Find out more >>
Music Diplomas with distinction
Congratulations to Charlie Jackson who received his DipRSL (Rockschool diploma) with distinction on guitar, and Georgina Barry who was awarded her DipLCM with distinction (Diploma of the London College or Music) on saxophone.
Katharine Hughes triumphs again
Katharine Hughes came 3rd overall at the U16 South of England fencing competition. Katharine will now go on to compete at the U16 Great Britain national fencing competition in Sheffield next May; an especially excellent achievement as, at only 14 years old, she is competing with girls two years older than her. Its first time she has qualified having been a Novice in previous years. She entered via her club Crawley Sword.
Football Scholarship to St. Edwards, Texas for Ardingly's Josh Taylor
Josh Taylor, the Ardingly 1st XI vice captain has been offered a high level Football Scholarship to St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.
This follows Danielle Boyd’s scholarship last year to America for a Ladies Football Scholarship.Find out more >>
Gani Nuredini selected for England ESFA U18 side.
ESFA is delighted to congratulate Gani Nuredini of Ardingly College on his selection for the England Schools U18 Squad for this season. He is the only Independent Schools player in the squad.Find out more >>
Accolade of Mr Lilley in the Geography Department
Paul Lilley in the Geography department was recently awarded a Masters with Distinction in Geography from King’s College London, and this week he was also awarded the ‘Best Thesis Award’ for the MA Geography programme for the 2012-2013 academic year, as the author of the highest marked Masters dissertation on the programme.Find out more >>
UVI Economics visit to the Espirito Santo investment bank in London
On Tuesday 27th November, the IB Upper VI Economics students visited the Espirito Santo Investment Bank in London to learn more about investment banking, equity and a career in the city. Accompanied by Mr Davies and Miss Collier, the students attended eight talks from members of different sectors of the ESIB as well as two of their investment customers, covering the different jobs in this sector, the future of the emerging countries’ economy and the Euro crisis.
The opening night of Ardingly College’s musical ‘Cabaret’ was truly spectacular and captivated the audience right from the start. This was a challenging production to pull off, but the collaboration of director, Tim Coker and musical director, Robert Costin, resulted in a chilling masterpiece.Find out more >>
Three days is insufficient to see all of the wonders on offer in Rome, just as it is difficult to sum up the fantastic time we had there in just a few paragraphs. The trip was split into three sections: Christian Rome, the physics department’s Rome and ancient Rome. The lines between these sections, however, were blurred each day as we explored and discovered as much of Rome and The Vatican City as we could.Find out more >>
Kate Hughes ranked 12th at Sussex Fencing Championship
Katharine Hughes took part in the Women's Foil Competition at the Sussex Open Championship last month. Fencing against adults, some with national rankings, Kate was placed 12th overall and was the top placed Under 18 fencer. Kate, 14, said "I entered the Open to get some more competition experience as the number of women fencers in youth and school competitions tends to be limited. I had a great day, learned a lot from some talented fencers and was really pleased to be the top Under 18 in the competition"
Ardingly opens new Football Academy
Last week, Ardingly opened up it’s very own Football Academy for some of the elite youngsters in our U14 and U15 age groups. It involves the players having two extra high quality sessions a week, and developing a full Sunday fixture list against Professional clubs.Find out more >>
Ardingly sports film, just released.
Launch of the Ardingly Solar-Powered Car Campaign
Last Saturday saw Ardingly's busiest ever Open Morning teamed with a very special event. Ardingly’s Solar Car team launched their 2015 campaign to race in the World Solar Car Challenge: 3060km across AustraliaFind out more >>
Ardingly College stars in Ian Hislop’s Stiff Upper Lip
Ardingly College played a major role in the second episode of Ian Hislop’s Stiff Upper Lip, an Emotional History of Britain, on Tuesday October 9th on BBC 2 at 9 p.m.Find out more >>
Ian Hislop's Stiff Upper Lip
In his new three-part series, Ian Hislop asks when and why we British have bottled up or let out our feelings, and how this has affected our history. Exploring emotion and identity over the last 300 years, Ian gives us his personal take on our evolving national character. The series starts on Tue 2ndOct from 21:00-22:00h on BBC2. The Ardingly College episode, filmed here, is Episode 2. There is a good little synopsis here on the production team's website which you might like the link to, click here
Launch of the Inquiring Curriculum
On Friday 21stSeptember the Shell strand of the 11-14 Inquiring Curriculum was launched with parents. There was a very warm reception from parents who seemed excited by the connectedness of the Shell Humanities curriculum around the common theme of ‘The World’.Find out more >>
On the 26th June, twenty four students and five staff set off from Ardingly College, bound for the Gambia. During their time in the Gambia, they worked in three very different schools, including one for deaf children, and stayed in two different locations, one rural and one urban.Find out more >>
2012 Kenya Trip
The 2012 Kenya Trip has been an unforgettable journey full of hard work, fun and insights into a complete new environment. After a year of busy fundraising including marathons, bicycle rides, the Christmas fair, a concert and the annual hunger lunches organised by the catering dept, twenty six of us, including four members of staff, flew out to Nairobi with excitement and a lot of curiosity.Find out more >>
Tatler - School Guide 2013
Find out what an independent journalist from Tatler's Good School Guide had to say about Ardingly College after a visit.Find out more >>
Ardingly College Celebrates a Quarter of All GCSE Grades at A* Find out more >>
Record results for our A Level students! Find out more >>
Excellent IB achievements for Ardingly pupils
The “excellent” hard work of high achieving Sixth Formers at Ardingly College has paid off in their end-of-school International Baccalaureate exams yet again.Find out more >>
Ardingly College is 'Outstanding'! - Inspection 2012
The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) has praised Ardingly College as highly successful, with excellent leadership and some exceptionally high achieving pupils.Find out more >>
Old Ardinian, Ian Hislop, returns to Ardingly
Writer and broadcaster Ian Hislop visited Ardingly College, his old school, on June 25, to unveil a special sculpture, a galvanized wrought iron statue of a pelican preparing to take flight from the school terrace.Find out more >>
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