Ardingly was founded in 1858 by Canon Nathaniel Woodard and has a strong Anglo-Catholic tradition. It was included in the Tatler list of top public schools and went fully co-educational in 1982. In 2012, 54% of GCSE entries were awarded A* or A grades.Since 2001 Ardingly has offered the IB to sixth-formers in addition to A-levels.In 2008 Ardingly was ranked 7th in the UK in The Independent's league table of schools offering both an A-level and IB curriculum. In 2012 44% of A-level entries were awarded A* or A grades, while IB students averaged 34.7 UCAS points, equivalent to A*AAA at A-level. 18% of IB students achieved 40 or more points putting them in the top 5% worldwide.
Today Ardingly occupies a 420 acre (1.7 km²) site situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Ian Hislop, Editor of Private Eye and panelist on Have I Got News For You, is an old boy.
Admission into Year 9 is via written assessments in English,
Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning and satisfactory results at Common
Entrance. We also require a report and reference from the pupil's
previous school. The Headmaster likes to interview prospective pupils if
practical. Admission into Year 10 or the Fifth form is via written assessments
in English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning. We also require a report
and reference from the pupil's previous school. The Headmaster likes to
interview prospective pupils if practicable. Admission into the Sixth form is via written assessments in English,
Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning. We require a report and reference from
the pupil's previous school and the Headmaster likes to interview
prospective pupils if practicable. Entry is also subject to the
candidate gaining six or more grade B passes at GCSE and at least a C in
English Language and Mathematics. If the candidate is not sitting GCSEs
in his/her current school, an offer of a place will be based on the
assessments, report, interview and predicted grades.
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