Beautiful Campus with Extensive Facilities
You’ll find Ardingly College on the outskirts of Ardingly village, surrounded by 230 acres of outstanding natural beauty. Ardingly College is situated in an enviable location. It offers the best of all worlds; the surrounding beauty of the Sussex countryside, close proximity to the vibrancy of Brighton on the South Coast and the culture of London and, for international students, the convenience of being just 13 miles away from Gatwick Airport.
Our teaching and boarding facilities are very much 21st century and are subject to continual investment to meet technological progress and ensure the highest standards. Over recent years the most notable developments have been an impressive addition of a new girls’ day house, Burgess House (opening Michaelmas 2020); a Sixth Form house, Godwin Hall; total refurbishment of all the girls’ houses; a contemporary Economics and Business Studies Centre; second all-weather sports pitch; a state-of-the-art Strength & Conditioning Centre; and a £4.5 million refurbishment and extension of our Science Centre, enabling the incorporation of the Design & Technology Department.
Our range of sports facilities includes six tennis courts, two all-weather pitches, three cricket squares, nine football pitches, a swimming pool and a host of recreational spaces throughout our beautiful estate.
We have our own impressive observatory that was opened by our great friend, Br Guy Consolmagno SJ (Keeper of the Vatican’s Meteorites). It is equipped with a powerful telescope capable of seeing Jupiter and it provides a base for our enthusiastic astronomers.
Our longer-term plans include a new facility for our performing arts.
The main classrooms for the Prep School are located in the main school building; they have all recently been refurbished providing light and spacious classrooms. The Prep School benefits from the use of all the above facilities but has its own drama studios, library, ICT suite and art department.
Known locally as The Farmhouse, from its early days providing fresh food for the College students, it now nourishes the young minds of Nursery and Pre-Prep children.
The school is arranged as a traditional farmyard. The Pre-Prep School is the award-winning conversion of the former cowshed and classrooms are light and airy. The Nursery School is housed in a converted pigsty, designed with perfectly proportioned rooms for pre-school children. In addition, there is a hall for activities and dining, assembly space, library corner, sports field, outdoor classroom for Forest School and playgrounds (furnished with Astro-Turf to enable outside play in all seasons).
The children also benefit from the facilities used by the whole school, with regular trips to the indoor swimming pool, and visits to the ‘big’ science laboratories, sports halls, Dining Hall and Chapel.