Ashdown House, East Sussex
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Ashdown House School
Boarding and day school
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Ashdown House was originally an 18th-century country house, completed in 1794 by Sussex-born Benjamin Latrobe who was later one of the architects of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. and also designed the nearby Hammerwood Park and the front portico of the White House in Washington. Ashdown is a Grade II* listed building.
The school was founded in Brighton in 1843 as a boys' school and moved to Ashdown House in 1886. It 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, Heathfield, Oundle, Rugby, Sevenoaks, Stowe, Radley, Marlborough, Winchester and Wellington College.
Notable former pupils
Notable Old Ashdownians (OAs) include:
- David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon, furniture maker
- Thomas P. G. Cholmondeley, Kenyan farmer
- Charlie Cox, actor
- James Innes, author
- Boris Johnson, politician and journalist
- Jo Johnson, politician
- Rachel Johnson, writer and journalist
- Damian Lewis, actor
- Joseph Simpson (1909-1968), Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police
- Fischer Watson (1884-1960), Royal Navy officer
- Edubase statistics
- "Name: ASHDOWN HOUSE SCHOOL List entry Number: 1286907". Historic England. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
- Ashdown House - History Archived October 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. "Ashdown House School". Retrieved 3 October 2011.
- Pugh, Tom (11 July 2014). "Former head of Boris Johnson's prep school arrested over sex abuse". The Independent. Retrieved 16 July 2016.