House Life

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A boarding house is much more than just a building where a student keeps their belongings, works, sleeps and then leaves. 

It is a community of people, all connected to the House, and each other.

It’s a place where children can make the transition to confident adulthood, developing self-reliance, commitment to others and the ability to get on with a wide range of people.

Our boarding Housemaster and Housemistress are committed to ensuring two things. Firstly, when your son or daughter walks in through the front door they feel as close to being at home as is possible. Second, they should be in a position to learn and contribute to Ardingly life most effectively. That means a good night’s sleep, the right food and the knowledge that they have the full support of all at Ardingly.

This is what the ISI said about us:

The quality of boarding is excellent.  The boarders’ personal development is excellent and they leave the school with a high level of self-confidence and self-reliance. They speak enthusiastically about their houses and value the positive relationships they develop with their friends, including those of different cultures.

"Each student's individuality is valued and respected and the ethos of the school ensures that those who board there are nurtured and developed both academically and socially.”

ISI Inspection Report, 2012

Monday to Friday the school day runs from 08.20 – 17.30 interspersed with meals, sport, clubs and academic clinics. 

Our day pupils follow the same daily structure as our boarding students and have an equally strong House identity; they are able and encouraged to spend as much time as possible at school and often choose not to come home until 9.00pm on week nights.

They are able to come in at 7.50am for breakfast and stay for supper and evening school at no extra cost. Day students also can, if they wish, stay overnight for a nominal charge providing a space is available for them. With comfortable, modern facilities and friendly surroundings in the Boarding Houses, we offer a real 'home away from home' for our students. Many day students eventually opt to become boarders as they move up the school.