Ardingly College: Haywards Heath, West Sussex, UK

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Looking for top IB boarding schools near London? This Top UK boarding school offers a staggering breadth of activity and first division academic performance to about 540 boys and girls in the Senior School, and just over 910 in the College as a whole. Pupils who opt to study A Levels gain outstanding results, while those who choose the International Baccalaureate achieve top grades that are globally recognised. Whether in the classroom, in the music school, on stage or on the sports fields, Ardingly offers pupils real choice to appeal to different tastes and talents. Music is a key element of education at this top UK boarding school 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.

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7 days boarding: 

11,140 per term

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Sport and culture

The ethos of Ardingly College sport is ‘Sporting Excellence for All’. Over the past year, sport at this Top UK boarding school 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. Sailing is a very popular sport at this top UK boarding school 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 cricketers have also toured South Africa. Badminton continues to be a very successful sport for this top UK boarding school. 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.

Generous Music Scholarships are available and for the scholar there are many opportunities to perform at a high level at this top UK boarding school. Imaginative and inspiring Drama is created and presented in our two Drama Laboratories and fully equipped Proscenium Arch theatre space. At this top Uk boarding School 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. Regular theatre trips and visiting theatre companies allow the students to experience a wide range of theatre.

Location Description

Boarding School in Wesst Sussex
Ardingly College is near Haywards Heath in Sussex near the M25 and the M23 and is convenient for Gatwick, Heathrow London and Brighton. Ardingly College is Nathaniel Woodard’s ‘Jewel in the Crown’, set in 250 acres of outstanding natural beauty in West Sussex, with amazing facilities, a short journey to London and the major airports.

College Rd, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 6SQ,

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