|Motto||Latin: 'Beati Mundo Corde'
("Blessed are the pure in heart")
|Type||Independent day and boarding|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Provost||The Right Reverend Lindsay Urwin OGS|
|Chairman of Governors||Jim Sloane|
|Founder||Canon Nathaniel Woodard|
|Colours||Green, Yellow and White|
|Former pupils||Old Ardinians|
|Visitor||The Lord Bishop of Chichester ex officio|
Ardingly College is a selective independent co-educational boarding and day school, founded in 1858 by Canon Nathaniel Woodard, included in the Tatler list of top public schools. The college is located in the village of Ardingly near Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England, having moved to its present location in 1870. The school is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference and of the Woodard Corporation of independent schools and as such has a strong Anglo-Catholic tradition. The school became fully co-educational in 1982.
- 1 Foundation and overview
- 2 Brief history
- 3 Academic
- 4 Notable Old Ardinians
- 5 Headmasters
- 6 Boarding houses
- 7 Ardingly College Lodge
- 8 Southern Railway Schools class
- 9 References
- 10 Further reading
- 11 External links
Foundation and overview
Ardingly College was originally founded as St. Saviour’s School, Shoreham in 1858 by Canon Nathaniel Woodard whose aim was to provide education based on sound principle and sound knowledge, firmly grounded in the Christian faith. St Saviour’s School opened on 12 April 1858, occupying the New Shoreham buildings in the lee of the churchyard of St Mary de Haura which had been vacated by another Woodard School, Lancing College, when it moved to its permanent home in April 1858. The site at Shoreham however was never intended to be permanent and it was left to Woodard to scour the South of England for a suitable permanent location for St Saviour’s School.
In 1861 Woodard came across the 196 acre (0.79 km²) Saucelands estate at the southern edge of Ardingly village, which was acquired in 1862 for £6,000. Woodard employed Richard Carpenter as the school's architect, and the foundation stone at Ardingly was laid on 12 July 1864 by Granville Leveson-Gower, 2nd Earl Granville. St Saviour’s School moved to the partially completed site at Ardingly on 14 June 1870 when the new school was officially opened by the Bishop of Chichester, with the inaugural sermon delivered by Samuel Wilberforce.
Today Ardingly occupies a 420 acre (1.7 km²) site situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Ardingly is divided into three autonomous schools, comprising a Pre-Preparatory School catering for pupils aged 2½ -7, Junior School catering for pupils aged 7–13 and Senior School for pupils aged 13–18. Both Junior and Senior Schools accommodate boarders who make up the majority of the Senior School student population. All Junior and Senior School students are assigned to a boarding house in which boarders live and study and where day-pupils have study areas. In all, the college has approximately 750 pupils. As of the academic year 2009/10 Senior School day fees are approximately £18,500 per year, with Senior School boarding fees approximately £25,000, though a number of bursaries and scholarships are available. According to the Good Schools Guide 2008, Ardingly College has admitted more pupils this year than at any point in its history and places are at a premium.
The College's Combined Cadet Force was established in 1902 in the wake of the Second Boer War. 1,200 Old Ardinians went on to fight in World War I, 146 of whom were killed along with two members of staff; their names are recorded on the war memorial in the Chapel. In addition 88 Old Ardinians lost their lives in World War II; their names are recorded in a Book of Remembrance in the Crypt, and on the Memorial Board in the Under.
In 1958 the College celebrated its centenary. As part of the celebrations Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the College on 9 June 1958. A stone plaque on the terrace parapet commemorates the Queen's visit, where she 'beheld the view'. Later that week on 14 June 1958 the then Prime Minister Harold MacMillan visited the College to formally open the Centenary Building, which comprises the College cricket pavilion and Centenary Room upstairs. On 8 May 2008 His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent visited the College as part of its sesquicentenary celebrations where he officially opened a new teaching block at the Pre-Preparatory School.
In 2012, 54% of GCSE entries were awarded A* or A grades. Since 2001 Ardingly has offered the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme to sixth-formers in addition to traditional A-Levels. In 2008 Ardingly was ranked 7th in the UK in The Independent's league table of schools offering both an A-Level and IB curriculum. In 2012 44% of A-Level entries were awarded A* or A grades, while IB students averaged 34.7 UCAS points, equivalent to A*AAA at A-Level. 18% of IB students achieved 40 or more points putting them in the top 5% worldwide.
Notable Old Ardinians
Former students of Ardingly College are referred to as Old Ardinians. See also Category:People educated at Ardingly College.
- Sir Robert Cary, 1st Baronet MP - Conservative Member of Parliament
- Sir Andrew Bowden MP, MBE - Conservative Member of Parliament
- Sir John Gorst MP - Conservative Member of Parliament
- Sir Robert Tasker MP - Conservative Member of Parliament
- Sir Joseph Simpson KBE - Ugandan Cabinet Minister
- Jack Easter - Australian Member of Parliament
- Sir David Manning GCMG, CVO - British Ambassador to Israel and British Ambassador to the United States
- Sir Andrew Wood GCMG - British Ambassador to Yugoslavia and British Ambassador to Russia
- Sir Robin McLaren KCMG - British Ambassador to the Philippines and British Ambassador to China
- Sir Edward Jackson KCMG - British Ambassador to Cuba and British Ambassador to Belgium
- Ian Mackley CMG, CVO - British Chargé d'Affaires to Afghanistan and British High Commissioner to Ghana
- Robert Alston CMG - British Ambassador to Oman and British High Commissioner to New Zealand
- Ian Hislop - Editor of Private Eye and panelist on Have I Got News For You
- Jon Snow - Channel 4 News presenter
- Sir Bill Cotton CBE - Controller of BBC One (1977–1981)
- Owen Spencer-Thomas MBE - Television and radio broadcaster
- Paul Reynolds - BBC News correspondent
- Jay Wynne - BBC weather forecaster
- Nick Newman - Cartoonist and scriptwriter
- Colin Griffiths - Broadcaster
- Ed Petrie - Children's television presenter
- Terry-Thomas - Actor
- Neil Gaiman - Author and screenwriter
- Victor Silvester OBE - Composer and band leader
- Alan Howard CBE - Actor
- John Hayes CBE - Director of the National Portrait Gallery (1974–1994)
- Stephen Oliver - Composer
- Charles Bryant - Actor and film director
- Frank Williams - Actor
- Dick Allen - Film editor
- Julian Clifford - Conductor
- Ed Sanders - Actor
- Ed Welch - Composer
- James Lancelot - Organist
- Mark Letheren - Actor
- Mike Christie - Singer
- Alex Cartana - Singer
- George Belcher - Artist
- Thomas Meech - Author and journalist
- Mike Hawthorn - Formula One World Champion (1958)
- Max Chilton - Formula One driver
- George Brann - Sussex cricketer and England footballer
- Billy Newham - Sussex and England cricketer
- Walter Bettesworth - Sussex and Scotland cricketer
- Ben Brown - Sussex cricketer
- Toby Peirce - Sussex cricketer
- Paul Phillipson - Sussex cricketer
- William Blackman - Sussex cricketer
- Arthur Kneller - Hampshire cricketer
- Valentine Sewell - Dorset cricketer
- Adam Virgo - Footballer
- Clifford Earp - Racing driver
- Lieutenant Colonel George Starr DSO, MC - Special Operations Executive agent
- Lieutenant Commander Peter Piper DSO, DSC - Submarine commander
- The Most Revd Walter Robert Adams - Archbishop of British Columbia and Archbishop of Yukon
- The Rt Revd Gordon Mursell - Bishop of Stafford
- The Rt Revd George Browning - Bishop of Goulburn
- Robert Foley - Leverhulme Professor of Human Evolution at the University of Cambridge
- Frank Cowell - Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics
- Patrick Hanks - Lexicographer
- Charles Cruft - Founder of Crufts dog show
- Sir Charles Fairey MBE - Founder of Fairey Aviation Company
- John Paul Wild CBE, FRS - Radio astronomer
- Sydney Allard - Founder of Allard Motor Company
- Harold Comber - Botanist
- The Revd Frederick Mertens (1858–1894)
- The Revd Francis Kercheval Hilton (1894–1904)
- The Revd Herbert Rhodes (1904–1911)
- The Revd Marchant Pearson (1911–1914)
- The Revd Thomas Erskine Wilson (1915–1932)
- The Revd Ernest Courtenay Crosse DSO, MC (1933–1946)
- The Revd George D'Oyly Snow (1947–1961)
- Christopher Bulteel MC (1962–1980)
- James Flecker (1980–1998)
- John Franklin (1998–2007)
- Peter Green (2007–2014 )
There are several houses at Ardingly, e.g. Mertens (day/boarding house for boys), Hilton (day/boarding house for boys), Toynbee (day/boarding house for girls in lower sixth - first year in either the IB programme or in A-levels), Rhodes (a day house for boys), Crosse (another day house for boys), Neal (a day house for girls), Aberdeen (a day/boarding house for girls) and last but not least The Woodard House for all students attending the upper sixth - the second year of the IB programme or the A-level.
Ardingly College Lodge
The school has its own Masonic Lodge, Ardingly College Lodge, which is a member of the elite Freemason "Public School Lodges" Council. The Lodge, which is open to male Old Ardinians as well as those with an affiliation to the college, was founded in 1922 by the then headmaster, the Revd Thomas Erskine Wilson, together with masters, the Provost of the school and the Bishop of Lewes.
Southern Railway Schools class
The school lent its name to the eighteenth steam locomotive (Engine 917) in the Southern Railway's Class V of which there were 40. This Class was also known as the Schools Class because all 40 of the class were named after prominent English Public Schools. 'Ardingly', as it was called, was built in 1934 and was withdrawn in 1962.
- Argent, N. (1991) Ardingly College 1939–1990. Autolycus Press.
- Gibbs, D. (2008) A School with a View: A History of Ardingly College 1858–2008. James & James Publishers Ltd.
- Letts, S. (1985) Ardingly: Its Building and Buildings. Old Ardinians Society.
- Perry, R. (1951) Ardingly 1858–1946: A History of the School. Old Ardinians Society.
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