Headmaster's Welcome

Ben Figgis


“What are days for? ...

They are to be happy in.” 

So wrote Philip Larkin. To be happy at school, of course, requires many things.  It requires children to feel that they are valued and that they belong; it requires the support of friends and the guidance of excellent teachers; and it requires the opportunity to find the best in yourself and succeed in what you do well.  This is our mission.

What connects happiness and success is confidence.  One of the joys of teaching is to see children growing in confidence – and their confidence being confirmed in their friendships, their grades and their performances.  Our children’s successes – from rising grades to sporting victories – are rooted in their confidence to achieve beyond their imagined boundaries. 

No child is good at everything, but every child is good at something.  At Ardingly, our purpose is to help you find what it is that makes you different and special, and enable you to flourish at school and beyond.  So that you may be happy in your days, comfortable in your skin and ready to take your place in the world.

Ben Figgis, MA (Cantab), MEd, PGCE



The aims of Ardingly College
  • Our aim is to provide an excellent 21st century education by being a forward-thinking and high-achieving co-educational school with a strong academic focus, excellent student support and a global outlook.
Specifically, we aim to:
  • Enable every student to develop intellectual enquiry, an enthusiasm for life and a sense of service through which to gain confidence and fulfilment.
  • Provide consistently excellent and exciting teaching and learning.
  • Maximise academic results so that students achieve their full potential in examined qualifications.
  • Offer varied and stimulating experiences that help to prepare students for the next stage of their education and the world beyond.
  • Be an educational community founded on Christian values.
  • Develop our staff to enhance the quality of their work and professional fulfilment.
  • Promote the wellbeing of every girl and boy through personalised support and engagement with parents as partners in their children’s education.
  • Enable all students to find and develop their talents in sport, the performing and creative arts and the activities programme.
  • Develop our facilities to support first class education and enhance the College’s traditional setting with contemporary features.
  • Provide excellent boarding facilities in a vibrant and caring boarding community for girls and boys.