Woodard Girls (Upper Sixth)

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Our job is to provide a supportive co-educational environment for the Upper Sixth pupils. Here, they can develop spiritually, morally and educationally, into well rounded, compassionate, thoughtful and aspirational individuals.

Housemistress - Miss Joan Gall

Joan joined Ardingly College from Marlborough College in 2007 as Housemistress of Woodard Girls and a teacher of Biology. Educated in Scotland, she has a BEd (Hons) Degree and is presently studying for a BSc in Life Sciences. She coaches senior hockey, netball and tennis teams.


Joan’s Assistant Housemistress, Mrs Rachael Utting, joined Ardingly in 2012 as a teacher of Chemistry. Originally from Northern Ireland, she studied at St. Andrews University, Scotland, gaining a BSc in Chemistry. Rachael has been involved in boarding throughout her time at Ardingly, as well as in her previous school. In her spare time, she likes trying out new recipes in the kitchen and has even won the “Ardingly Staff Star Baker”!



Woodard is 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. 

Girls have their own homely common room with Sky TV and access to movies.  

At the centre of the House, facilities are shared with the boys. 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. 

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 the 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 pupil 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."

House events

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, house excursions and our 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".