Looking for top IB schools near London? If you are searching for a great boarding school located between London and Brighton you have found one. We present a mixed boarding school for boys and girls - Ardingly College in Haywards Heath, Sussex. Music is a key element of education at Ardingly College and we maintain a proud and flourishing tradition of musical excellence. More than 400 instrumental lessons are taught each week by 30 outstanding specialist musicians, and academic music lessons are offered in all years. Generous Music Scholarships are available and for the scholar there are many opportunities to perform at a high level. Imaginative and inspiring Drama is created and presented in our two Drama Laboratories and fully equipped Proscenium Arch theatre space. There are many productions over the course of the year, from musicals through Shakespearian Plays to some of the more challenging work by contemporary playwrights. All students of the Ardingly drama school are encouraged to become involved both on stage and backstage. Opportunities to create props, build sets, become part of the sound and lighting teams are available to all students. Regular theatre trips and visiting theatre companies allow the students to experience a wide range of theatre. The ethos of Ardingly College sport is ‘Sporting Excellence for All’. Over the past year, sport at the College has seen many developments. Several new initiatives have produced a marked improvement in standards and achievements. The opening of the new fitness suite in September has provided elite and non-elite sporting pupils the opportunity to develop individual fitness programmes. They are supported by a resident full-time sports conditioning coach. Sports tours are a regular feature: Soccer to Valencia; Boys’ Hockey to New Zealand; Girls’ Netball to Barcelona and Girls’ and Boys’ Tennis to Portugal. Our cricketers have also toured South Africa.
Badminton continues to be a very successful sport for the College, with our girls and boys again retaining the Sussex County Championships. Sailing is a very popular sport at the College and we are blessed with a good facility. The team trains throughout the year and now regularly competes against some of the top sailing schools in the country, achieving some notable successes.
Our school Basketball team entered the Southern Region Independent School League for the first time this year, and won the League. It is very much an emerging sport at the College, with a newly formed Girls team playing matches next year. Rugby continues to gain popularity, with Sevens teams at all age groups and a Senior XV.
Each Saturday twenty Fencers train, having become the latest addition to the huge range of sports we offer. Fixtures are now taking place against other schools.
Sports tours are a regular feature: Football to Valenicia, Boys Hockey to Bath, Girls Netball to Barcelona and Girls and Boys Tennis to Portugal.
International application fee: 100 GBP
Cost of tuition
7 days boarding: 30 360 GBP