Crosse (Boys' Day)

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Mary AmblerHousemistress - Miss Mary Ambler

(Currently on Maternity Leave, Mr Hope is acting Housemaster)

Miss Mary Ambler took over Crosse in 2016.  After studying Classics at Oxford University and spending a decade working in Public Relations in London as well as Sport Sponsorship & Event Management in professional round-the-world yacht racing, Mary became a Classics teacher in 2006 and has also been solely tutoring Day and Boarding boys throughout this time. A former Head of Careers and Head of CCF Navy Section, Mary has also coached rowing and sailing at a competitive level during her time. She joined Ardingly College as Head of Classics in 2012 and currently teaches Latin in the Prep School and Classical subjects in the Sixth Form. With all of her own life experience, she believes firmly in boys pursuing what they are passionate about, and has a keen insight into how to manage a boy’s potential so that each one fulfils their ambitions for further education and a rewarding life beyond. She will also be seen avidly supporting boys’ sporting matches as well as their performances in the all-important House events; including sport, music, art, drama and the infamous Steepo cross country run!

Acting Housemaster - Mr James HopeJames Hope

Mr James Hope is the Assistant Housemaster of Crosse. He teaches English and runs the school’s creative writing club, as well as editing its annual creative writing publication, The Wonderful Bird. He is also heavily involved in school badminton. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his young family.

Life in Crosse

Crosse is definitely a home-from-home for the day boys. All the boys are housed in a large building with study rooms, a big Common Room & TV, ICT Suite, showers, kitchen, pool and tennis table. There is a strong sense of community, looking out for each other and respecting each other's individuality. The boys are ably tutored and supervised by the Assistant Housemaster, Mr. James Hope, and other House Staff in Crosse during the week, all of whom help to create a supportive atmosphere. Over the years, Crosse has also become a major threat in all the inter-house competitions and pride themselves on being quietly competitive! The Prefects, House Staff and the boys’ parents organise an active social calendar throughout the year, and our Christmas Party has become the most popular event for all.

The Crosse House motto is ‘Tentando Superabis’, which means ‘Through striving you will succeed’.

To find out more about life in Crosse please contact Mr Hope on 01444 893330 or


Crosse House take the Mannequin Challenge