Pastoral Care

“Pupils appreciate the pastoral care provided by house parents, tutors and the work of pupil mentors and the buddy system to help new pupils to settle in. A new boarder arriving recently reported that ‘Ardingly is not only a school but a home’. Living and working alongside each other they develop friendships among different age groups and learn to balance their own needs and interests alongside those of others.”

ISI Report 2018

“I just wanted to drop you a short note to say THANKS for all your excellent work to navigate the entire Ardingly community in these complex times. From my perspective you are doing a fabulous job from planning to execution, including the communication with all your stakeholders. You and your teams are very clearly outperforming my expectations how a school should act in these times.”

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

At Ardingly College we are very proud of the excellent pastoral support we provide to all our students. Care is provided as a team; whilst Housemasters/mistresses and tutors lead on the pastoral responsibility, teaching staff, support staff and fellow students all play a role in the happiness and wellbeing of each student. We have a 24-hour Medical Centre and there are dedicated staff always available for boys and girls to turn to should they need help and advice.

The pastoral care required by a Sixth Form student is different to that needed by younger students. Beyond support and guidance, it’s about building a sense of independence and encouraging students to take responsibility for their actions.

Tutor groups are small with each tutor looking after groups of no more than ten students, providing guidance and direction as the students navigate their studies, manage their time and maximise achievements.