Academic Excellence and Choice

An Ardingly College education is not all about academic excellence, but in a highly competitive world where results open up opportunities, strong academic performance is a very valuable asset.

We invest in our teachers with a strong professional development programme to ensure they remain at the height of their profession.

We encourage every child to achieve their academic best. Students freely enter competitions and awards which acknowledge their capabilities. We achieve impressive results both at GCSE level, IB and AL. In 2018, 98% of our students were placed in their first or second choice university and 82% went to a Russell Group university. 

Year 8 students work towards Common Entrance exams and many gain scholarships in the Senior School. Pre-Prep students develop literacy and mathematical skills beyond the National Average.

Academic Choice – An education to suit each individual

The choice for Sixth Form sets Ardingly College apart from many other independent schools as we offer a broad choice of popular A-Levels, BTEC courses, and of course the International Baccalaureate programme. Parents are now choosing a senior school when their child is as young as ten years. At this age students may be unsure which route they will wish to take when they reach sixth form. Offering this academic choice ensures that parents and students can choose the course that best suits them. 

In the Senior School, students have a year to investigate which options they wish to take for GCSEs. English, Maths and Science are compulsory subjects and students are free to choose their further options. 

Prep School offers the inquiring curriculum and this includes the choice of Spanish or Latin in Year 7. Pre-Prep pupils influence their curriculum by choosing topics that inspire them. This is used as the subject matter of the creative curriculum.