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), Woody the dog and Sid the cat. Alongside their flat, there are the dormitories and washrooms, the School Nurse’s room, 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. The majority of older pupils at Vinehall choose to board.
We offer full, weekly or flexible boarding open to all. For full boarders there are regular exeat weekend breaks every two or three weeks. Boarders can always go out for special occasions, eg 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.
Weekly boarding is available for those wishing to spend weekends with their families. The Vinehall Express offers accompanied train travel to and from the main London South Eastern terminals.
Flexible boarding has been introduced to reflect the developing needs of families. Vinehall 12 (8am to 8pm) and Vinehall 24 (8am to 8am) offer a flexible approach to after-school care aimed at supporting parents whilst offering a safe and stable environment for the children.
Activity nights include bingo, dodgeball, movie and tuck, quiz night, floodlit astro and Wii dance. We have also introduced ‘Golden Tickets’, whereby full boarders can invite a friend for a sleepover free of charge.
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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, weekends and holidays. Matron can arrange for any boarder needing haircuts, new shoes, 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.
Boarding has always been an integral part of Vinehall life and we recognise that many working parents need additional support from the school, whilst at the same time giving children the chance to learn the importance of independence with their friends in a safe and caring environment.
If you would like any further information, please contact the School Office or Quelli Coles, Housemistress, at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01580 883098.