Our aim is to produce young adults who recognise their worth and the value and role of others in our community, and wider society. All part of a 21st century education preparing pupils for university life and the world of work.
Housemaster - Mr Dylan Bennetts
Mr Bennetts became Housemaster in 2015, having been the Assistant since 2009. He joined Ardingly as Head of Geography in 2006.
Dylan studied in a number of UK universities before embarking on a career in teaching, commencing with a Physical Geography degree from Reading University.
Away from teaching Geography and running junior football and hockey teams, he is a member of Haywards Heath Cricket Club. On Thursday evenings, when not injured, he can be seen showing the Woodard boys how indoor football should be played!
His main interests are mostly sporting, with a particular passion for American Football. Dylan is married to Radka and has a young daughter, Hannah.
Assistant Housemaster - Mr Anthony Lovat
Mr Lovat took over as Assistant Housemaster in 2015, having joined Ardingly three years earlier from The Quest Academy in Croydon where he was Head of Science.
Anthony worked for two years as a Volunteer Science Teacher Support Officer in Northern Ghana and wrote ‘Ghanarama’, a book based on his time working in there.
A passionate musician and multi-instrumentalist, Anthony plays, writes and performs whenever life doesn’t get in the way. He is married to Laura and is father to two bouncy boys, Jonah and Aran.
Woodard Boys' and Woodard Girls' are housed in the impressive Godwin Hall, a purpose-built, ensuite boarding and day House, officially opened by the eponymous Charles Godwin, an Old Ardinian, in 2013.
Accommodation is located on four floors. Each has a Brew Room (a kitchen with microwave, fridge, dishwasher, sink, kettle and toaster).
Boarders have their own room, the bed has storage underneath, and there’s a wardrobe, lockable drawers, book shelves, desk, and a bathroom with shower.
Day pupils’ rooms have two sharing, with three larger rooms for three and four to share. Day pupils’ facilities are the same as Boarders, apart from a bed although the larger rooms do have cabin beds for occasional boarding as required.
At the centre of the House, facilities are shared with the girls. The Forum area has a large TV with Sky television, DVD, table football, pool table, table tennis and piano for impromptu musical moments. A larger kitchen and the Woodard bar is found here too.
Boys and girls also have their own seperate homely common room where they can relax and watch movies.
Finally, there are four work and computer rooms, and a House library. Wi-Fi is available throughout the House
Freedom with responsibility
With Upper Sixth formers in one House, we are able to give pupils greater freedoms than with younger ones. Of course, with greater freedom comes greater responsibility.
Girls and boys are encouraged to socialise, at certain times, in the Forum area between their two Houses and at numerous social events. Vitally, they are also required to respect each other’s privacy as appropriate.
The House bar allows sensible drinking and socialising in a mature environment. There’s greater involvement in decision making and although some offices are held, organisation tends to be the result of ad hoc committees of interested or involved parties.
Woodard House really is the place where our fledglings learn to fly.
In the spirit of the House, let one of the pupils have a say:
"One of the highlights of Woodard is the fact that the entirety of Upper Sixth is in one House. It produces a sense of community, cements our past together and also helps us set our eyes on the future, because in Woodard we are all at the same point in our life journey. This feeling, common throughout everyone in the House, really does turn the year into something special. Woodard House will always be a fond memory."
Woodard is a busy House with people working hard in their final year, but also looking to share the moment.
There are plenty of organised events. Laser Quest and team building in the woods and regular Thursday night 5-a-side footy. Cultural nights include music, Asian, European and Burns nights. All memorable occasions when our best musicians take to the floor or we are inducted into the culture and cuisine of our overseas boarders.
Quiz nights, a race night, summer ball, a Christmas party, House trips and impromptu pizza nights fill other evenings.
Bar night is every Friday, when we simply celebrate the start of the weekend with a couple of drinks, good humour, crisps and chocolate.
It goes without saying that Woodard rise to the challenge of inter-House events and support all the college charities.
There are also in-House table tennis, pool and bar football competitions to ensure there’s never a dull moment.
The last word on Woodard goes to one of its members.
"The energy and the atmosphere in Woodard really mix together to make a unique House, that is warm, friendly and a pleasure to be part of".