Ashdown House, East Sussex

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Ashdown House School
Established 1886
Type Independent school
Boarding and day school
Headmaster Haydon Moore
Location Forest Row
East Sussex
RH18 5JY
Gender Co ed
Ages 4–13
Years 3-8
Website Ashdown House School

Ashdown House is a co-ed prep school in Forest Row, East Sussex. There are currently around 140[1] pupils from the ages seven to thirteen; with a roughly even split of boys and girls.


Ashdown House was originally an 18th-century country house, completed in 1794 by Benjamin Latrobe who was one of the architects of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington DC and also designed the nearby Hammerwood Park and the front portico of the White House in Washington DC. The School first became co-educational in 1975.[2]

Academic information[edit]

Ashdown House is one of the leading prep schools in Britain,[citation needed] with many scholarships being won to major public schools. In the 2010/2011 academic year, 6 academic scholarships were won by students of the relatively small school. Notable future schools of choice for Ashdown pupils include: Harrow, Eton, Benenden, Charterhouse, Bryanston, Oundle, Rugby, Sevenoaks, Stowe, Radley, Marlborough, Winchester and Wellington College.

Child Abuse[edit]

The journalist Alex Renton wrote about his time at Ashdown House, vividly evoking a place riven by violence, brutality, public humiliation, and sexual abuse from teachers towards children.[3]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable Old Ashdownians (OAs) include:


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°06′09″N 0°03′46″E / 51.1025°N 0.0629°E / 51.1025; 0.0629