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 - Rebecca Allen
Becky Allen became Housemistress in 2018, having joined Ardingly in 2014 as a Teacher of English and eventually as deputy head of the department. Before moving into teaching she worked for six years at the British Museum, where she was an exhibition curator.
Becky achieved her BA in English and Theatre Studies at the University of Warwick, where she also completed an MA in English, gaining a distinction. She has a PGCE from the University of Buckingham. Beyond the classroom, her interests are theatre, music, cinema, cooking and travel; she has been involved with the Ardingly trip to India for a number of years, and she loves Greek culture and food.
Her partner, Craig, and their young daughter Maggie live with Becky in Godwin. Craig is an Art Technician at a gallery in London, and is always on hand to help Becky or the girls, particularly in their creative endeavours. Maggie is particularly excited to live alongside so many ‘older sisters’, and brings a real sense of family to Woodard Girls.
Assistant Housemistress - Eleni Megoran
Eleni Megoran became Assistant Housemistress in 2017, joining Ardingly in the same year as Teacher of History. Before moving into teaching she worked for 4 years as a TV and Radio Journalist in Ireland and the UK.
Eleni achieved her BA (Hons) in Politics at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She also gained a Masters from Dublin City University and a PGCE from Chichester University. Beyond the classroom, her interests are playing lacrosse, netball, travel, visiting historical sites and trying different cuisines.
Eleni has represented Ireland for Lacrosse in international tournaments. She is also the founder of the East Grinstead Women’s Lacrosse club and enjoys sharing her love of sports.
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".