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At Ardingly we pride ourselves in offering a rich academic, sporting, cultural and social environment for boys and girls so that each child has the opportunity to develop the skills and qualities necessary for the next stage of their lives. The College is thriving and pupil numbers are higher than they have ever been, as more and more parents become aware of the excellence and breadth of opportunity we offer their children. Although we are successful, we are not complacent and continuous improvement is essential.

For this we need your help and support.
Legacies make an enormous difference to our sustainability, cushioning us against the massive expense of maintaining our historic buildings and providing a much needed capital injection never possible from school fee surpluses.
In addition to funding capital projects, the gift of a legacy can also help build up the College’s endowment fund for bursaries.

We strive to follow Nathaniel Woodard’s ethos of providing a good and complete education for the boys and girls at affordable prices by offering bursaries to talented pupils whose families could not otherwise afford the fees.

Your Will is an excellent way to provide for the people who are important to you, to help causes you support and to acknowledge the influences that have shaped your life.  

The 1858 Society has been established to facilitate bequests to the College and to recognise and thank those who signal their wish to make a legacy pledge to the College.
Regardless of the amount pledged, all those including Ardingly College in their Will, will be invited to an annual lunch to thank them for their generous support. A final few words from Charles Godwin, a current member of the 1858 Society (B 47-52):


"Skills we learn, knowledge we gain and experiences we share at school, all have an important influence on our later lives.

I formed many lifelong friends at Ardingly, and strongly believe that the subsequent success in my career had much to do with my years there.  The School certainly nurtured and inspired me for my later journey through life.

In 2009 I made a gift to fund the first Godwin Scholar.  He completed two years in the Sixth Form and also made a significant contribution to the sporting life of the School.  My Will now makes provision for a Trust Fund to provide scholarships in the future, so that there will always be a number of Godwin Scholars at the College every year. 

Talking about what we do for good causes is often a little embarrassing but I do not feel that way in writing these words.  Sharing one's own plans and ideas can inspire others, so I hope in doing this I can help generate significant new funds for the College."

For further information, please contact Paddy Jackman on 01444 893020.

Please click here to view the full 1858 Society brochure.

Please click here to access the Legacy Pledge form.

For more infomation on how to make a will please visit the website.