Outstanding Pastoral Care

At Ardingly we believe it’s our outstanding pastoral care that underpins and supports our students’ success, both in terms of enabling them to reach their full potential academically, but also in their ability to be World Ready.  

After all, if a teenager isn’t happy and comfortable in their own skin they won’t achieve their full potential academically, or in other areas of life.  

Whether your child is a day or a boarding student, every pupil will join a House, which is their home from home during their time at the College. Within each House they will be supported both academically and pastorally in a Tutor group of around 10 students. These deliberately small pastoral groups mean that everyone is noticed and supported. Any student who is starting to struggle, either academically or socially, will be very quickly identified and an individually tailored support plan will be put in place.  

While most issues can be resolved at House level, we also have access to our Mental Health Lead, team of School Counsellors and the medical staff at our 24/7 Health & Wellbeing Centre.   

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. A 24-hour Medical Centre is available and there are plenty of places and people for boys and girls to turn to should they need help and advice.

Most Recent ISI Report 2018

“One pupil says that the widespread friendliness at Ardingly is outstanding, while a parent comments that the staff know all your child’s strengths and foibles and how to get them to see and reach their potential” 

Tatler’s Good Schools Guide