Within an unrivalled setting in the East Sussex countryside, our children enjoy much freedom to explore our expansive grounds, to benefit from the simply outstanding facilities and to discover life for themselves.
Children come first at Vinehall. We believe that in providing a wide range of opportunities we can allow our children to achieve success, instilling in them a strong sense of purpose and self-confidence. Our staff and parents work together to create a warm and thriving community, where kindness and tolerance towards others are leading values. The School’s ethos is encapsulated in our motto, ‘to do our best for the benefit of others’.
Vinehall always has great academic ambitions for our children. These high expectations are supported by dedicated teachers who inspire the children to work with enthusiasm and enjoyment in preparation for their senior schools and beyond.
It is our aim that Vinehall children will possess not only a love for learning but also the resilience to overcome any challenges that lie ahead. In this ever-changing world, our warm family environment allows children to remain children for as long as possible.
About the school
Vinehall is a Co-Educational Prep and Boarding School in East Sussex.
Little Vines Nursery awarded Top 20 most recommended award
Vinehall is very proud that reviews from our parent body contributed to The Little Vines Nursery winning a Top 20 award
5th June 2019 — We are delighted that our Little Vines Nursery has been recognised for a 'Top 20 Recommended Nursery 2019' Award.
The daynurseries.co.uk Awards 2019 highlight the most recommended Nurseries in the UK. The awards are based on over 78,000 reviews from nursery parents. Headmaster, Joff Powis, says, "We could not be more proud of our incredibly dedicated team of staff who do everything (and more) for the children in our care".
The Little Vines Nursery has received excellent reviews with 'perfect 10' ratings for all areas, including safeguarding, facilities, learning, care and activities.
Our Heads of Nursery and Kindergarten, Sue Norman and Sarah Wolford commented " We are so grateful for the support and feedback received from our extended Vinehall family"
The daynurseries.co.uk Top 20 Nursery Awards 2019 highlight the most recommended Nurseries in each region of the UK and the Top 20 Day Nursery Groups in the UK with The Little Vines Nursery coming in the top 20 for the South East Region.
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Vinehall take Team Bronze and Individual Silver at the IAPS Clap Pigeon Shooting
After our first foray into the IAPS Clay Pigeon Shooting competition last year, Vinehall has taken the sport to heart and we have seen interest in the sport grow. This year’s IAPS competition was held at the fantastic West London Shooting School, where 22 schools and 194 entrants competing in 3 different age groups, U11, U12 & U13.
8th May 2018 — After our first foray into the IAPS Clay Pigeon Shooting competition last year, Vinehall has taken the sport to heart and we have seen interest in the sport grow. This year’s IAPS competition was held at the fantastic West London Shooting School, where 22 schools and 194 entrants competing in 3 different age groups, U11, U12 & U13.
At the end of the 5 stands the U11 scores were, Sam H 24, Freddie L 20, George S 18 and James W 13. In the U13 competition Taw A had had a good run and finished strongly with a final score 37.
Finally, the scores were in. Sam H took individual silver in the U11 competition by a single clay and the boys’ impressive shooting saw them pick up team bronze medal. In the U13’s Taw finished in the top 25 with the overall winner of the competition shooting a magnificent 48 out of 50, which shows the strength in the field.
Although, it was fantastic to collect medals and to be recognised amongst a strong field, the accolade of the day came from one of the lead instructors on the U11 stands, who complimented the Vinehall boys, saying they had some of the best gun handling, etiquette and safety he had seen all day. A wonderful comment and something the boys should be incredibly proud of.
Former pupil Kieran Sassone has been offered a professional rugby contract at the Harlequins Rugby Club.
30th April 2018 — Former Vinehall pupil, Kieran Sassone has been offered a full time contract playing for the Harlequins Rugby Club from June 2018.
Kieran has been part of the Harlequins Junior academy for 5 years having been referred for trials by Vinehall rugby coach Mr Butler at just 13 years old. Initially playing no 8, the Harlequins quickly identified him as a future prop and he has participated in two U18 academy campaigns.
Having left Vinehall to study at Sevenoaks School, Kieran is now putting his university plans on hold to see where this exciting opportunity takes him.
Harlequins say "A former Under 18 Academy champion, Sassone has shown he has the potential to become a first team prop, and will only benefit from tutelage of Graham Rowntree and Adam Jones"
Vinehall School's Ski Team exceed all expectations with medal winning trip
We were delighted to receive news from Italy of their skiing success. For a team that only started last year they have done exceptionally well.
21st March 2018 — Vinehall's Ski team (now in only its second year) went to the IAPS Ski Slalom competition in Italy last week.
There were a total of 249 children competing this year. 149 of them went into the Championship competition and 100 in the plate. We managed to get 3 boys Jasper S, Monty D and George S as a team into the championship competition. Which is amazing in itself. This meant that they were competing against some children who have done a lot of racing and had a lot of race training (some even go to school in the Alps and ski for most of the year!). It was quite a challenging course that started steeply. All three children cleared the course well and with great times. They were placed 17 overall out of 39 teams. Pretty good I think!
Jasper S came 28th overall out of 249 children and 15th in his age group. Extremely impressive for someone who has only raced once before!
In the plate competition we had three teams and were delighted to come away with a gold medal in the U13 girls plate competition with Lucy B, Isabella F and Atalanta LB Francesca came 3rd in her age group (she has only skied a few times) and Lucy B came first.
The U11 team won silver in their plate competition with Francesca F, Olivia S and Daisy F, absolutely fantastic. William F, Ben S and James W made up the third team and came 4th in their age group narrowly missing out on a medal.
Mrs Barrett says "It was very nerve wracking, but they all did it and I was thrilled with all of their times. The children were great company over the week. They were helpful, encouraging and good fun to be with.
I love the enthusiasm and the sense of achievement once we have done it. The medals are just a bonus as the taking part is such great fun and pushes everyone out of their comfort zone which is a great life skill."
Vinehall breaks records; 37 wins, 2 Class Golds and Young Musician of the Year
Vinehall broke records at the recent Hasting International Music Festival March 2018
20th March 2018 — Hasting International Music Festival March 2018
Vinehall School is delighted to announce a record-breaking year at the Hastings International Musical Festival, not just for the school with their 37 wins, but also for making Festival History. The Junior Choir were awarded a staggering 95 Marks for their rendition of Chattanooga Choo Choo and a Medley from Mary Poppins.
Our very own Lancelot L won the under 16 Piano Concerto and was awarded Gold Medal Piano with a score of 91 and Gold Medal Violin with the score of 95! That entitled him to be put forward for the Hastings Young Musician of the year where the two adjudicators, Ken Roberts and Neil Jenkins, were undecided on which instrument to place him first and decided to give him 1st equal.
From our prize winners, four soloists and our Junior Choir were asked to perform at the Concert Finale. From the Brass, Thomas S played his Darth Vader March; on Strings, Isabel T playedthe elegant Seitz Concerto on violin and Rupert S played the Jupiter Chorale movingly on his cello. Both Isabel and Rupert were also awarded a joint trophy for the most promising string players.
Lancelot was asked to perform on both his instruments; on the piano he swept us away with Debussy’s Dr Gradus ad Parnassum and wowed us with Kreislers’ Praeludium and Allegro on violin. His final performance of the Festival won the audience prize of £200 for the best solo performance of the night.
Why do we enter this Festival and what have the children learnt? Well, without a doubt they have had a target and learnt repertoire outside of the exam syllabus and have performed on two very different and beautiful stages. They have gained performance experience and learnt to listen and share other performers’ experiences. At Vinehall they have worked individually on their solos but also, and more importantly, at piano duets, brass trios, string quartets and a dectet and the choirs had fun creating and making music. Music is a gift and one to be shared by all. Long live the Festival!
ISI Inspection awards Vinehall Excellent in all areas
The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) undertook a four-day inspection of Vinehall School’s Nursery, Pre-Prep, Prep and Boarding facilities. The Inspectorate’s report has now been published and the school has received the highest accolade possible - “Excellent” in all areas.
7th March 2018 — The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) undertook a four-day inspection of Vinehall School’s Nursery, Pre-Prep, Prep and Boarding facilities. The Inspectorate’s report has now been published and the school has received the highest accolade possible - “Excellent” in all areas.
The report went on to say “[Vinehall] Pupils have excellent attitudes towards learning, nurtured by high expectations and the mutually supportive, inclusive and enabling culture of the school.”
Vinehall is a co-educational day, boarding school and nursery, with 254 children aged between 2-13 years. Vinehall has a rich curriculum, with children going on to “[gain] entry to senior schools of their choice. Many regularly gain academic scholarships and music, performing arts and sports awards.”
Commenting on the report, Headmaster Joff Powis said “What is so deeply satisfying is that the core values of the school and the kind nature of our children were instinctively recognised and duly praised.
My gratitude must go to all of the staff at Vinehall whose loyalty and enthusiasm are at the centre of our children’s happiness and achievement.
This booklet is intended to encapsulate areas of the report that reflect so accurately the Vinehall that we all know; and that we are excellent in all areas!"
A full copy of the ISI report can be found on our website, www.vinehallschool.com
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Vinehall Road, Robertsbridge, East Sussex, TN32 5JL