Boarding is outstanding in every category.
ISI Boarding Inspection Report January 2015
The boarding house is run very much as an extended family. Located upstairs and within the heart of the main school, the Housemistress, Quelli Coles lives in the middle of the boarding house with her husband Gideon (who is also the weekend Housemaster) and Woody the dog. Alongside the housemistress’ flat, there are the dormitories and washrooms, the School Nurse, Dispensary and SANS, the laundry (there is a full laundry service for all boarders), boarding house office and a large sunny common room.
Vinehall has a well-established boarding community of boys and girls. Currently, about three-quarters of the boarders are local children. The majority of older pupils at Vinehall choose to board. Boarding is either full or weekly and for full boarders there are regular exeat weekend breaks every two or three weeks. Boarders can always go out for special occasions e.g. a family birthday. Most boarders describe the weekends at Vinehall as the highlight of their week with a wide range of trips and activities on offer. On week nights there is a growing community of Junior boarders (Years 3 – 6) and temporary ‘temp’ boarders (Years 3 – 7).
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For families from further afield, including those living overseas, boarding at Vinehall is made as easy as possible. Staff organise transport to and from airports and offer an escort on the train to and from London at exeats and holidays. Matrons can provide a special packing service and can also arrange for any boarder needing haircuts, new shoes, dental appointments or extra storage over the holidays. Children can contact their parents by email, on Skype, or in the evenings on their own mobile phones, in addition to the traditional weekly letter home. Individual and small group lessons in English are offered to children for whom English is not a first language.