Ashdown House, East Sussex
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Boarding and day school
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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.
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Ashdown House is one of the leading prep schools in Britain, 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.
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.
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Notable Old Ashdownians (OAs) include:
- Boris Johnson, journalist and politician
- Rachel Johnson, writer and journalist
- Jo Johnson, politician
- Leo Johnson, entrepreneur
- Charlie Cox, actor
- Damian Lewis, actor
- Harry Cowell, record producer
- David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley, furniture maker
- Edubase statistics
- Ashdown House - History Ashdown House School". Retrieved 3 October 2011.
- Alex Renton, Abuse in Britain's boarding schools: why I decided to confront my demons . Retrieved 4 May 2014.