Welcome from the Head

‘Our task is not to prepare our children for one thing; our task is to help them learn how to prepare themselves for anything’.

A.J Juliani

When I came across this phrase written by A.J Juliani, I contacted him via Twitter and asked if he minded us displaying it prominently in our reception area at school. It’s a concept that we believe in firmly at Ardingly College Prep School.

As parents, nothing gives us more pleasure than the happiness of our children. Being a Head is the most rewarding job, especially when we see a child’s joy and excitement in the wonder of discovery. Our commitment is to create a vibrant, welcoming community that encourages our children to grasp every opportunity to learn and grow. We want our children to actively shape their world. It is a privilege to witness children’s progress from one stage to the next, and see them becoming more curious and knowledgeable, whilst growing in confidence and developing a sense of independence.

Schools should be based on a collaborative process, working with pupils to encourage them to become independent. Our aim here is for every child to leave our prep school and feel that this school made a positive difference to their character, their thoughts, their outlook, and their thinking. It shaped their world. 

We work on the principle of what can we do for your child, rather than what can your child do for us. 

I encourage you to come and visit us on one of our Open Mornings and meet our Ardingly College Prep pupils and staff to see how an education here can benefit and develop your child. Let US make the difference to your child. #generoUS, #adventuroUS, #ingenioUS, #curioUS. 


Mr Harry Hastings, Head of Prep School

Reception – Year 6