High level teaching and coaching staff is a top priority for us. We have current Premiership Hockey players, County Cricket coaches, UEFA Licensed Football coaches and Level 2 Netball coaches among the College staff.
Ross started his sporting career as a footballer working through the Youth Training Scheme then playing professionally at Manchester United. Unfortunately his playing career was cut short and he had to retire through injury. He transferred is knowledge to coaching, gaining a UEFA ‘A’ Licence and becoming an Academcy coach at Manchester United for 6 years, before moving over to the education sector.
Joe was first selected for Wales in 2008 and continues to represent his country. He was named England Hockey League player of the year in 2017/2018 and currently plays for Premiership team East Grinstead.
Head of Netball and Academic PE
Head of Cricket
Head of Boys' Sport - Prep School
Karen represented Britain at a senior level for twenty years, during which time she won more major championship medals for Britain than any other female swimmer and won the most Commonwealth medals for England of any female athlete in any sport. She was the first British female swimmer to win a World Championship title when she took gold in the 200m freestyle in 1993 and competed at 4 consecutive Olympic Games (1992 – 2004).
Karen will have the role of not only providing the highest quality teaching of swimming at the College, working with existing students, but will also be charged with working with other community local groups that wish to use the pool.
Karen Pickering made her international debut in 1986 and went on to win an incredible 35 Major Championship medals & 38 National Titles. She set two World Records, was four times World Champion, won 14 European Championship medals and 13 Commonwealth Games medals including four Gold. At the 2002 Commonwealth Games, Karen was given the honour of carrying the English flag at the Closing Ceremony. Karen was awarded an MBE in 1994 for services to swimming.
Noah spent a year in the football department at Ardingly College, before becoming Head of Football for the 2021 / 2022 academic year. Prior to Ardingly, Noah spent two years at Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club. He has a UEFA B coaching badge and a Master’s of Science in sports performance analysis.
Football Development Officer
Chloe joined Ardingly College in 2018 as a Sports Graduate, moving forward into the role of Hockey Development Officer for 2019. In 2016 she graduated from the University of Ulster with a BSc in Sports & Exercise Science.
Chloe’s passion and success is on the hockey pitch, playing at International level from the age of 14. Chloe now plays for East Grinstead Hockey Club and was part of the team who recently won the National indoor league.
Elliott joined Ardingly College from King Edward’s School Bath in the Michaelmas term 2021 as a Cricket Development Officer. In 2017, he graduated from the University of Gloucestershire with a BSc Hons in Sports Coaching, and then moved to Dean Close Senior School as a Cricket Coach and Resident House Tutor.
Head of Swimming