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Ashdown House School
Ashdown House School
Forest Row
East Sussex, RH18 5JY, England
Type Independent school
Boarding and day school
Established 1886
Closed 2020
Ofsted number yes
Gender Co-educational
Age 7 to 13
Years 3–8

Ashdown House was a co-educational prep school in Forest Row, East Sussex. There were, at the time of its closure around 100 pupils from the ages seven to thirteen; with a roughly even split of boys and girls.

Owing to declining numbers and the impact of Covid-19, the school announced its closure on 1 June 2020.


Ashdown House was originally an 18th-century country house, completed in 1794 by Sussex-born Benjamin Latrobe who was later one of the architects of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. and also designed the nearby Hammerwood Park and the front portico of the White House in Washington. Ashdown is a Grade II* listed building.

The school was founded in Brighton in 1843 as a boys' school and moved to Ashdown House in 1886. It first became co-educational in 1975.

The head teacher, who took over in September 2019, is Hilary Phillips, previously head teacher of Monmouth School Girls' Prep, an independent day and boarding preparatory school in Wales.

Notable former pupils

Notable Old Ashdownians (OAs) include:

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