Ardingly College, West Sussex

Ardingly College is a co-educational boarding and day independent school for children aged 2 – 18 located near Ardingly, West Sussex, England.

Ardingly College
1 College Rd
Haywards Heath, RH17 6SQ

Outstanding facilities for all occasions

Welcome to Ardingly College, a unique venue built in the 1800s, steeped in history and set in 250 acres of beautiful Sussex countryside. Located just 20 minutes from Gatwick, one hour from Heathrow and a short 45-minute train journey from London, Ardingly College is the perfect venue to host a wide variety of corporate, social, sporting and community events and functions.

Services available for all facilities:

  • Wi-fi
  • Catering
  • Free car parking
  • Audio Visual Equipment
  • Accommodation

Dance, Drama & Music

Music School

The Music School is purpose-built comprising a recital room, eight practise rooms, and a state-of-the-art music technology studio. It is the perfect venue for professional concerts, orchestral rehearsals, choirs, quartets, trios and solo performances.

Large Hall

Seating up to 260, the performance hall “The Under” is ideal for larger dance classes and for stage performances. Audio visual equipment, lighting, rigging, staging, and microphones are all available to hire.

Sports & Fitness

Swimming Pool

Great for Swimming Lessons, Water Aerobics, Diving, Canoeing, Water Polo and Swimming Parties, our 25m indoor heated Swimming Pool has a shallow depth of 0.9m, a maximum depth of 2m and four lanes as well as changing facilities and a viewing area.

Tennis / Netball Courts

There are six competition standard outdoor tennis courts available: four singles and two twins, all suitable for individual and group lessons. The courts are also available for Netball lessons, matches and competitions.

Sports Pitches

Numerous grass pitches located in the scenic surroundings of “9 Acre” and “The Upper” are suitable for Football, Cricket, Athletics, Rounders, Lacrosse and Rugby and can be prepared to gear-specific requirements.

Sports Hall

Ardingly’s spacious 711m2 Sports Hall is fully sprung and suitable for 5 a side Football, Netball, Gymnastics, Martial Arts, Indoor Athletics, Cricket, and Basketball as well as Children’s Parties.

Astro Turf Pitches

Two-second generation sand-based Astroturf pitches are perfect for Hockey, 5 a side Football, 11 a side Football and general training.

Celebrations & Events

Ardingly College offers a range of ideal spaces for those special occasions:  Birthday Parties, Wedding Receptions, and Family Celebrations.  Each comes equipped with seating and tables that can be arranged precisely according to your needs. We are delighted to offer a choice of function rooms for your special day at Ardingly College, which is available during College holiday periods.


Ardingly College is a unique and romantic venue for wedding celebrations. The school is comfortably able to cater for 50 to 140 guests for a wedding breakfast and up to 200 for an evening reception. Offering tailored menus to suit your requirements, everything you need for your wedding reception from start to finish can be provided in one place by the award-winning Hospitality & Catering team.

Outdoor Space

The South Quad is the perfect outside area for guests to socialise and enjoy the splendour of the College whilst enjoying pre-dinner drinks. It is an ideal location for a marquee and has breathtaking views over the upper Ouse Valley, offering a magical backdrop for those all-important photos.

Large Hall

Recently refurbished ‘The Under’ is a light beautiful oak panelled function room with period style windows, a wonderfully vaulted beamed ceiling and large stage area with a fully equipped and modern lighting rig. The Under has a seating capacity of 140.

Dining Hall

The Dining Hall is a large function room, beautifully panelled in dark oak, lit by seven impressive chandeliers. The traditional old English oak dining tables offer a seating capacity of 200.

Courses & Corporate

Conference Room

The Conference Room is suitable if you are looking for something smaller and is fully equipped with an interactive whiteboard, computer and projector.

Large Hall

The Under, our main performance space which is ideal for large conferences, comes complete with a stage and boasts a seating capacity of 260.


A selection of classrooms are available for individual hire or as breakout rooms for larger bookings.


Ardingly College is the perfect venue to host a variety of residential groups during the Easter and Summer holidays, these include language schools, sports, and music groups. All facilities are on one campus making it convenient, safe and a stunning environment to enrich oneself.


Ardingly College offers a variety of accommodation options with 500+ beds available, ranging from ensuite to shared dormitories suitable for most ages groups.

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