Ardingly College Prep School Headmaster’s Welcome

I’m delighted to be here at Ardingly College. I’m a firm believer that children should be happy first, and success will follow thereafter. As teachers, to paraphrase a well-known educator, our role is not to prepare our pupils for something but to help them learn to prepare themselves for anything.  Education should be all about learning and understanding the importance of problem-solving, risk-taking, persistence and perseverance, developing ambitions and being prepared to work hard, amongst other skills.

I would like the pupils of Ardingly College Prep to complete their education at this school thinking they’ve made huge amounts of progress, shaped for the next stage, having been strongly supported by a collaborative, caring and approachable staff who made them happy, ambitious and confident.

The greatest joy of being a Headmaster is creating an environment that allows pupils to flourish and thrive, and to inspire teachers to support our pupils to the best of their ability.

I encourage you to come and visit us on one of our Open Mornings and meet our Ardingly College team to see what an education here can offer.  

Mr Harry Hastings, Headmaster


Discovering our world
It is the greatest job of all being a teacher when you see the children’s excitement in the wonder of discovery; it is a joy to guide them as they grow in confidence – watching them progress from one stage to the next and constantly deepening,
broadening and discovering their world. Ours is such an enchanting, caring environment that feeds young minds and supports independent learning.

Shaping our world
Ardingly Pre-Prep and Prep School enable each child to shape their world in their own inimitable way. We encourage curiosity so that children are inspired to investigate their surroundings. Personal strengths and independent thinking are celebrated, without the fear of making mistakes. Our world is a community working together, with support and guidance, enabling confident young people to make a smooth transition from Pre-Prep to Prep and from Prep to Senior School.

At Ardingly College Prep School our teachers encourage children to express their talents and not be afraid to make mistakes in the classroom. We want them to be ready to ask questions, think for themselves, fostering the natural curiosity that they all have and making the most of our broad curriculum.Our website gives only a glimpse of our School and I would love you to come and see us in action at one of our Open Mornings or on an individual visit (please click here for more information).

Life in the Prep School is all about creating happy children. That’s because we believe happy children make better learners.

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