Couple who met as teenage sweethearts are to tie the knot ... at the school where they first met

Hannah and Harry when they were at school together SUS-160531-162705001
Hannah and Harry when they were at school together SUS-160531-162705001

A couple who first met at school and became teenage sweethearts are to get married on Saturday - ten years after they first set eyes on each other in the sixth form.

Harry Partridge, now 26 and a solictor, met Hannah Barry, now a 27-year-old dentist, when they were both prefects at Ardingly College.

Harry was head boy and Hannah was head girl - and this week they will tie the knot in the chapel of the schol where they met.

Harry was studying for A levels and Hannah was studying for the International Baccalaureate Diploma.The couple have dated ever since and two years ago Harry popped the question.

“I was always being accused of being unromantic so thought I’d better raise my game,” he said. “We visited the USA and I proposed to Hannah at The Grand Canyon at sunrise in September 2014. It was a special moment when she said ‘yes’.”

As for getting married at their old school, Hannah said: “It was an easy decision to have our big day in the place where it all began.”

She added: “There is also a traditional Ardingly College tale that if a Head Boy and Head Girl marry they are entitled to a free house … but sadly it seems to be a myth! The Bursar has told us that it can’t be found anywhere in the school rules.”

Hannah’s younger brother, James, and sister Georgina, who is Maid of Honour, are also former pupils, known as Old Ardinians. The family live in Cuckfield and Hannah was at Warden Park School in Cuckfield before moving to Ardingly.

Harry’s family are from Rotherfield in East Sussex. He boarded at Ardingly from Year 7.

Harry said: “We owe so much to Ardingly College. It holds an extra special place in our hearts and with its Chapel, memorable buildings and beautiful grounds this was the only place we could have chosen to make our marriage vows and celebrate with our family and friends.”