Announcement of new Headmaster for Vinehall School

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On behalf of the Vinehall School Board of Governors, it gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of Mr Jonathan “Joff” Powis as the new Head of Vinehall School from January 2018. Joff is currently the Deputy Head at the highly regarded Papplewick School in Ascot, where he has risen steadily through the ranks since joining Papplewick from Sandroyd School in 2000. Joff will join us at Vinehall with his wife, Liz, and their four sons, Freddy (nine), Henry (eight), Charlie (six) and Arthur (two).

The Board was impressed by Joff’s clear dedication to academic rigour, where realising the full potential of every individual child is paramount, together with his calm, determined and collaborative style of leadership. We are confident that Joff will deliver the very best prep school boarding education for those in his care.

Joff is a rare breed of all-rounder from coaching rugby, cricket and football, to directing school musicals and singing tenor in the school choir. He also plays the trumpet and piano, and counts skiing, sailing, canoeing and mountain-biking amongst his hobbies – not that he’ll have much time for them now!

Following Richard Follett’s departure at the end of this term, Tom Gregory will be a very capable Acting Head until Joff arrives in January. I would like to thank the parents and staff for their unwavering support through this period of uncertainty, and I’m sure you will embrace the exciting times ahead for the School and your children.

Will Foster-Kemp
Chairman of the Board of Governors
Vinehall School