A curriculum that offers both breadth and depth provides students with the opportunity to develop a genuine love of learning.

The Year 7-9 curriculum is a vibrant, exciting and effective programme designed to challenge and inspire students, who without the constraints of Common Entrance are free to enjoy building their knowledge and the skills required to excel at GCSE. 

In Shell, students are encouraged to undertake independent personal research, and students go on to complete HPQ, EPQ or Extended Essay qualifications during their time at Ardingly. These tasks are not only valuable in their own right but help students to develop the independent thinking skills required to succeed in the exam hall.  Our exam results reflect the high standards of teaching at the College but also the extent to which students are inspired to strive for personal academic bests. The academic life at the College is inspiring and engaging, both within and beyond the classroom. During this year pupils start their Mathematics and Science .

In Remove students work towards their (I)GCSE success, deepening a love of subjects chosen, encouraging independent enquiry, and preparing pupils for a Sixth Form where a successful choice is the key to onward success and readiness for the world beyond. 

“The quality of the students’ academic and other achievements is excellent.”

ISI Report 2018

We have been so impressed with the seamless transition to online and the continuing high quality of pastoral support and teaching.

Parent feedback in response to how Ardingly College dealt with the pandemic. Lent 2021


Excellent results are at the heart of everything we do.

Academic Ardingly offers:

  • A broad range of well-recognised GCSE and IGCSE courses which prepare students for Sixth Form study
  • Popular A Levels or International Baccalaureate or BTEC in the Sixth Form
  • A dedicated and experienced house-based tutor team to support academic development. When students enter the Upper Sixth, tutors are matched based upon their expertise and the subject choice and career interest of the student
  • Excellent academic enrichment programme and range of academic societies
  • A curriculum extended by exceptional educational visits and lectures
  • Research and creative thinking lessons for Shell (Year 9), culminating in an independent personal research project
  • Bespoke Pre-IB programmes for new students in Fifth Form (Year 11)
  • Excellent, structured and targeted support for students with SEND or EAL.