School Uniform

At Ardingly College, we have high expectations for the standard of dress of all students. We believe in maintaining a College Uniform and we encourage students to take pride in their appearance. We have recently launched a new school uniform throughout all three schools which will be phased in over the next two years

In designing the uniform we recognise that uniforms are never going to be the height of fashion, so in consultation with the students, we hope that the new design will be acceptable to the most discerning teenager.

School uniform needs to be hard-wearing, comfortable and practical, especially for the younger students to enable them to get changed for activities with independence, speed and ease.

Cost is, of course, important to parents. We have reduced the number of items on the school uniform list and have moved from different uniforms for the Pre-prep, Prep and Senior schools to one design that evolves as they move up the school whilst distinguishing between the different schools.

Finally, we have sought out a uniform of a quality that will last and represent good value for money.

The new Ardingly College Uniform is supplied by Sussex Uniforms of Haywards Heath. The business is a family-owned local business who have over 20 years of experience of supplying school uniform in this area. You can purchase a uniform online, by phone 01444 227066 or in person at their shop in Haywards Heath.

 

SUSSEX UNIFORMS

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I buy the new uniform?

Sussex Uniforms, Units 1&2 Bridge Road Business park, Bridge Road, Haywards Heath https://www.sussexuniforms.co.uk/ 01444 227066

 Can I arrange a fitting or help with fitting?

Yes, this can be arranged directly via Sussex Uniforms

What exactly do I need?

All new families will have had a Starter pack – the lists documented in those packs. For current families, a similar list can be seen via the brochure… also found on the Sussex Uniform website using the ‘Uniform list’ tab.

What if I buy new uniform now but my child grows before their return to school?

All uniform purchased from Sussex Uniforms can be returned within 30 days of purchase, as long as the garments are un-worn, not name labelled and the tags are still attached.

Do Sussex Uniforms supply name labels?

Please refer to the last page of the uniform brochure.

Once ordered online, can the uniform be delivered direct to the College?

Yes,  for Senior School full boarders only. Beyond this category, we believe a home-delivery to be more suitable so that fittings can take place in a more timely manner.

Will I need to supply additional name labels?

Yes, these should be supplied to Ardingly College via the House Matron/Supervisor.

Do Sussex Uniforms make alterations?

No, any tailored alterations will need to be done by private arrangement.

Is anything happening with the Sports kit?

The Senior sports kit will remain unchanged and the Prep sports kit will come in line with the College branding (navy and gold colours) over the next academic year.

Which year groups are required to buy the new uniform?

All new students to the College, at any entry-level, will need to purchase the new, blue uniform. All Reception, Year 3 and Shell students will move straight to the new uniform. Current students in other Year groups have a two-year transition period.

Can my child still wear their old uniform?

Yes, there is a two-year phase-in period for the new uniform which allows students in the current uniform the option of not having to change unless necessary. All new students, at any entry-level, will wear the new blue uniform and those joining ‘key’ Year groups (Reception, Year 3 or Shell 2020) will move to the new uniform immediately.

In 2022, Sussex Uniforms will launch a second-hand marketplace for the new uniform which will enable parents to facilitate second-hand new uniform sales/exchanges.

Can my child wear a mixture of ‘old’ items of uniform with some new uniform?

Sadly not. If you wish to do a ‘top-up’ of older uniform items, this will be possible. Once a new blazer has been bought, moving over to all other new accompanying pieces of uniform would then be expected. The only acceptable uniform will be a child wearing all of the old or all of the new. Beyond that, there are too many variables and combinations to make any sort of uniform standardised.

Can I still buy second-hand old uniform?

Second-hand uniform sales will no longer be available via the College; you are however more than welcome to exchange or sell items privately within the College Community. In 2022, Sussex Uniforms will launch a second-hand marketplace for the new uniform which will enable parents to facilitate second-hand uniform sales/exchanges.

  What will happen to the unsold old uniform?

This is yet to be confirmed. It is hoped it will be donated to one of the college’s charitable ventures and used as it is. One thing for certain, it will not be going to landfill.

 

For further enquiries about the new uniform or sports kit, please contact Sussex Uniforms https://www.sussexuniforms.co.uk/ or contact Mike Sinfield (Domestic Bursar) at the College mike.sinfield@ardingly.com