Ashdown House Prep School is one of the leading co-educational, boarding and day, preparatory schools in the country, for ages 4 to 13. Founded in 1843, it is also one of the oldest. Situated on the edge of the beautiful Ashdown Forest in Sussex, its stunning rural situation belies the fact that it is in the busy south-east of England within easy reach of London, the coast and both Gatwick & Heathrow Airports.
We are proud to be offering your child an exciting, challenging and stimulating education. Our scholarship record over the last 10 years speaks volumes for the quality of teaching and all children successfully pass into the leading public schools of their choice. As part of The Cothill Educational Trust, we are excited at being able to offer the experience of visits to the Château de Sauveterre in France, and to The Old Malthouse in Dorset where the children will be able to undertake scientific research with the Natural History Museum.
We believe, however, that there should be much more than academic rigour in the classroom. Whether it is climbing trees, a game of chess, taking the resident Shetland ponies for a walk, building dens, or digging a personal vegetable plot, opportunities abound: freedom and variety are so important in encouraging independent thought and responsibility in children.
A school that has a caring and nurturing ethos, both between staff and children, and importantly between the children themselves, is essential for the happiness and development of your child. At Ashdown we strive to maintain the right balance so that your child will thoroughly enjoy and benefit from his or her time here. Whilst we base our ethos on sound Christian morals, we welcome children from all denominations and none. Blessed with magnificent and extensive grounds, we offer the main sports and compete successfully against local prep schools and in National tournaments. Our Art, DT, Music and Drama Departments are equally successful with each year group putting on at least one play a year and nearly every child in the school learning at least one instrument. The opportunity for children to be creative is essential.
Although we are proud to continue to be primarily a boarding school, we welcome younger day children whom we hope to board by Year 6 – most choose to much earlier! With the majority of the UK based children coming from London and the south-east, we have about a third who live overseas (Hong Kong, Cayman Islands, Foreign Office and Forces families). The photos and information on this website will give you an idea of what we achieve at Ashdown. A visit to the school is strongly recommended and I am positive that, after experiencing the warmth and happiness of the children and staff, you will leave confident that Ashdown has that something extra about it.