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Ardingly College () is an
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, England. The school is a member of the
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and of the
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of independent schools and as such has a strong
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tradition. It was originally a boarding school for boys, and became fully
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al in 1982. For the academic year 2015/16, Ardingly charged day pupils up to £7,710 per term, making it the 29th most expensive
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(HMC) day school. It is a public school in the British sense of the term (i.e. fee-paying). As of 2017, there are about 416 pupils enrolled at the school, aged between 13 and 18. Additionally, there are about 520 pupils aged from 2½ to 13 at the Ardingly College Preparatory school, with which it shares some grounds. The school is regularly positioned amongst the top ten
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Top of the Bench Competition. Ardingly played an important role in providing infantry throughout the 20th century conflicts, with around 1,200 Ardingly pupils going on to fight in the
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, 146 of whom were killed, along with two former members of staff. In addition, 88 Old Ardinians died in
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; their names being recorded in a book of remembrance. The school's former pupils – or " Old Ardinians" – include four
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History

Ardingly College was founded as "St Saviour’s College", Shoreham, in 1858 by Canon
Nathaniel Woodard Nathaniel Woodard (; 21 March 1811 – 25 April 1891) was a priest in the Church of England. He founded 11 schools for the middle classes in England whose aim was to provide education based on "sound principle and sound knowledge, firmly ground ...
whose aim was to provide education firmly grounded in the
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faith. St Saviour's College opened on 12 April 1858, occupying the New Shoreham buildings in the lee of the churchyard of St Mary de Haura which had been vacated by another
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, when it moved to its permanent home in April 1858. The site at Shoreham however was never intended to be permanent and it was left to Woodard to scour the South of England for a suitable permanent location for St Saviour's School. In 1861 Woodard came across the 196 acre (0.79 km²) Saucelands estate at the southern edge of
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village, which was acquired in 1862 for £6,000. Woodard employed Richard Carpenter as the school's architect, and the foundation stone at Ardingly was laid on 12 July 1864 by
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. St Saviour's College moved to the partially completed site at
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on 14 June 1870 when the new school was officially opened by the
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, with the inaugural sermon delivered by
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. Today Ardingly occupies a 420-acre (1.7 km²) site situated in an
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. Ardingly is divided into three autonomous schools, comprising a Pre-Preparatory School catering for pupils aged 2½ –7, Junior School catering for pupils aged 7–13 and Senior School for pupils aged 13–18. Both Junior and Senior Schools accommodate boarders who make up the majority of the Senior School student population. All Junior and Senior School students are assigned to a
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in which boarders live and study and where day-pupils have study areas. In all, the college has approximately 750 pupils. According to the
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2008, Ardingly College has admitted more pupils this year than at any point in its history and places are at a premium. The college's
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was established in 1902 in the wake of the
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. Around 1,200 Old Ardinians went on to fight in the
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, 146 of whom were killed, along with two former members of staff; their names are recorded on the war memorial in the college chapel. In addition, 88 Old Ardinians died in the
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; their names are recorded in a book of remembrance in the
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and on the memorial board in the Under. In 1958 the school celebrated its
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. On 9 June 1958, as part of the celebrations, and the
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visited Ardingly. A stone plaque on the terrace
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commemorates the visit, where she "beheld the view". Later that week, on 14 June 1958, the then
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, visited the school to open the Centenary Building, which comprises the college
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and upstairs Centenary Room. On 8 May 2008, the
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visited Ardingly as part of its
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celebrations and officially opened a new teaching block at the pre-preparatory school.


School terms

There are three academic terms in the year: * The ''
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term'', from early September to mid December. New pupils are now admitted only at the start of the Michaelmas Half, unless in exceptional circumstances. * The ''
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Lent
term'', from mid-January to late March. * The ''
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term'', from late April to late June or early July. Similarly, there are five academic years: *"Shell", pupils in their first year at Ardingly (year 9). *"Remove", pupils in their second year at Ardingly (year 10). *"Fifth", pupils in their third year at Ardingly (year 11). *"Lower Sixth", pupils in their fourth year at Ardingly (year 12) which start studying for their
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or IB. *"Upper Sixth", pupils in their fifth and last year at Ardingly (year 13).


Academic

In 2014, 65% of
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entries were awarded A* or A grades. Since 2001 Ardingly has offered the
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to
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ers in addition to traditional
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. In 2008 Ardingly was ranked 7th in the UK in The Independent's league table of schools offering both an
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and IB curriculum. In 2012 44% of
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entries were awarded A* or A grades, while IB students averaged 38 points, equivalent to A*AAA at
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. 18% of IB students achieved 40 or more points putting them in the top 5% worldwide. In 2016, Ardingly's IB students averaged 39 points, placing it 9th on the table of schools in the
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Sport

Ardingly has several sports available to both prep students and college students.
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and
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,
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cricket
,
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,
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netball
,
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,
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,
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tennis
,
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, and
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fencing
are all open to prep students. The same set is offered for college students with the addition of
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,
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basketball
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rowing
,
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, shooting,
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, and the exception of rounders, cross country, and swimming. Ardingly have won the Independent Schools Football Association Cup three times: in 1997–98, 2014–15 and 2015–16, only behind
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who have been proclaimed champions four times. It is also the first school in history to have won both the Elgin Southern League trophy and the ISFA Cup as well as being the second to have won two consecutive ISFA cups.


Chapel of St Saviour

The Grade II listed chapel bears the historical name of the school, being laid the foundation stone 12 July 1864. The architects were R. H. Carpenter and William Slater. The structures are in
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style in red brick and tiled rooftops. The chapel possesses the east end of the mid block, having four bays each containing a glass-stained window of Decorated sort. It stretches out into a further two narrows east of the west wing. Over the rooftop there is a bell tower. In 1976, cartoonist Nick Newman was expelled from Ardingly in his last term of Upper Sixth for wiring the Chapel to play
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during a school
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.


Houses


Headmasters

* 1858–1894 Frederick Mertens * 1894–1904 Francis Hilton * 1904–1911 Herbert Rhodes * 1911–1914 Marchant Pearson * 1915–1932 Thomas Wilson * 1933–1946 Ernest Crosse * 1947–1961
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* 1962–1980 Christopher Bulteel * 1980–1998 James Flecker * 1998–2007 John Franklin * 2007–2014 Peter Green * 2014–          Ben Figgis


Ardingly College Lodge

The school has its own , Ardingly College Lodge, which is a member of the Public School Lodges council. The lodge, which is open to male Old Ardinians as well as those with an affiliation to the college, was founded in 1922 by the then headmaster, Thomas Erskine Wilson, together with masters, the
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of the school and the
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. Freemasonry at Ardingly takes its form from the Enlightenment in England during the 18th century, and shares characteristics with
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s. It provides a common meeting place for Old Ardinian men with similar interests.


Combined Cadet Force

The Ardingly College
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, or CCF, has existed in its various forms since 1902, with the outbreak of the
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. The Ardingly College CCF is split into six categories. These are Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, Royal Marines, Drum Corps and Marching Band. The Army section is affiliated to the
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, allowing cadets to take part in military and adventure training not readily available to non-cadets.


Ardingly Solar Car

Ardingly is one of the very few schools that take part in the
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, a biennial solar-powered car race in Australia. The school's students worked in the project for three years, achieving to complete the race 23 October 2015. The current patron of Ardingly Solar is Prince Albert II.


Fees

As of the academic year 2020/21, Shell–5th
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fees are £34,935 per annum while Shell–5th
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fees are £23,985 per annum. Sixth form
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fees are £35,865 per annum, while Sixth form
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fees are £23,985 per annum.


Media coverage

The school was featured in the second episode of the BBC series ''Stiff Upper Lip: An emotional History of Britain'', where the protagonist
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Ian Hislop
returns to Ardingly, his former school, to describe his experiences there as well as the impact of the British public school system in shaping men in Victorian era.


Dinosaur findings

In February 2014, the BBC confirmed that several fossils had been discovered at the school grounds. The remains were found by staff and pupils during the construction of a new boarding house for girls. According to the Natural History Museum, London, Natural History Museum and Imperial College London, Imperial College in London, some of these bones were around 140 million years old.


Notable alumni

Notable former pupils include four former
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Southern Railway V Schools class

The school lent its name to the eighteenth steam locomotive (SR Class V Locomotive List, Engine 917) in the Southern Railway (Great Britain), Southern Railway's SR Class V, Class V of which there were 40. This class was also known as the Schools Class because all List of SR V "Schools" class locomotives, 40 of the class were named after prominent English Public school (UK), public schools. ''Ardingly'', as it was called, was built in 1934 and withdrawn in 1962.


Further reading

*Argent, N; Ardingly College 1939–1990. Autolycus Press (1991) *Gibbs, D; A School with a View: A History of Ardingly College 1858–2008. James & James Publishers Ltd (2008) *Letts, S; Ardingly: Its Building and Buildings. Old Ardinians Society (1985) *Perry, R; Ardingly 1858–1946: A History of the School. Old Ardinians Society (1951)


See also

*List of SR V "Schools" class locomotives


References

*Ardingly Green (#01613a), seal brown (#59260B) and Mellow Yellow, mellow yellow (#FDEE00).


External links


Ardingly College website
{{Authority control Woodard Schools Anglo-Catholic educational establishments Educational institutions established in 1858 Member schools of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference Boarding schools in West Sussex Independent schools in West Sussex International Baccalaureate schools in England People educated at Ardingly College, 1858 establishments in England Church of England independent schools in the Diocese of Chichester Ardingly