Hilton Boys’ Boarding
Housemaster – Mr Richard Lane
Mr Lane took over as Housemaster in Hilton in 2019 after being Assistant Housemaster of Crosse. After studying Sports Science at the University of Birmingham, Mr Lane spent seven years working as a hockey professional in independent schools. During this time, Mr Lane played and captained Cannock HC in the National Premier league, winning five league titles and three silver medals at the European Cup. He also represented England in both indoor and outdoor versions of the game and was in the GB squad prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Mr Lane joined Ardingly College in 2013 as a Biology teacher and hockey coach and he continued to play hockey professionally for Holcombe HC. He currently runs the hockey at Ardingly and is passionate about individual development and sport for all. Mr Lane’s passion for Biology stems from his childhood. He always had a love of nature and the environment, with a special interest in birds of prey and falconry. Richard immerses himself in the house system and has previous experience running activities, drama, and sports for the students in his care.
Assistant Housemaster – Mr Marco Couch
Mr Couch joined Ardingly College in 2015 from the London Oratory School. Mr Couch teaches Chemistry, is Head of Academic Systems, and is heavily involved in the College’s Charity programme as well as its Outdoor Education programme. He has an MSci in Chemistry from Imperial College London, where he was also recognised for his contributions to Educational Outreach. In his spare time he volunteers with the British Red Cross, managing their equivalent of a 999 call centre.
Other House Staff
Hilton’s Matron, Mrs Sue Sanford, and the house cleaners, are absolutely vital to the smooth running of the house and it is no understatement to say that the house would not run without them. Mrs Sanford has responsibility for all housekeeping matters including laundry and repairs to clothes and, in running the cleaning team, ensures hygiene and tidiness in all areas of the house.
The highly-experienced tutor team each have a duty night where they help to supervise Evening School (a period after dinner when the boys do their homework in house). They cover Chemistry, Philosophy, English, Music, Drama, Biology, Geography and many more subjects, and there will always be someone on hand to help anyone struggling with homework tasks.
Hilton also has two Parent Representatives, who are happy to answer any questions from prospective parents. Pease email Mr Walters and he will pass on their contact details.
Hilton has accommodation for 64 boys. The boarding accommodation is located on three floors with four distinct areas divided by year-group. Each area has its own toilet, shower facilities and a Brew Room (a small kitchen with kettle and toaster). Each boy has a bed with storage underneath, a wardrobe and desk with shelves for books and all rooms have sinks. The furniture also includes lockable drawers for valuables.
The ground floor houses a large common room, where callovers (daily registrations) and house meetings are held. The common room contains Sky+ HD Satellite TV with a DVD player, as well as a piano, pool table, table football and Xbox games console for recovering from the academic exertions of the day. We also have a house BBQ and seating area with benches for social events in the summer. These areas are the social hubs of the house and where visitors are allowed at certain times. There is also a Quiet Room that contains several computers and a house library. Wi-Fi is available throughout the house.
To find out more about Hilton House please contact Luke.Walters@ardingly.com.