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If a pig could talk, should you eat it? Does a dog know it’s a dog? These are lessons that children here wrestle with. Philosophy is big on the curriculum at Vinehall as a way of broadening education. ‘Common entrance is quite prescriptive, it’s rigorous and there’s a great volume of knowledge required, but I’m concerned that we teach children to jump through hoops. But do they think for themselves?’ Some parents work in the City but there are also families who find it more of a financial struggle, and they say there is no snobbery...

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What the school says...

Vinehall is a school with a very friendly family feel, mixing family values with a modern, forward-looking approach, promoting a positive, 'have-a-go' attitude and strong communication skills. There are plenty of opportunities to take on responsibility and there is an active school council. The atmosphere is friendly and purposeful and all kinds of achievements are celebrated so that each child can feel valued within the community. The school provides outstanding facilities, including a theatre, gymnasium, a magnificent sports hall, indoor swimming pool, golf course, all-weather pitch, 50 acres of grounds in the beautiful Sussex countryside and an impressive library. Boarding is a popular option especially in the final two years and the door is open to highly sought after places in major Public Schools when children move on at thirteen. The school's musical and artistic traditions are strong, with plenty of opportunities for performance and display. The sporting record is excellent and all pupils are encouraged to represent the school. Although non-selective, academic standards are high, and Vinehall is proud of its outstanding scholarship record to a range of well-known Public Schools. A beautifully designed, purpose-built nursery and pre-prep are on site close to the main building. ...Read more

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Since 2011, Mr Richard Follett (40s). Married to Jo, who is head of juniors. The pair met as undergraduates at Liverpool University, and have two daughters – one in the prep, the other has moved on to secondary school. Educated at Latymer Upper School and grew up on the river in Hammersmith, West London, where he developed an interest in rowing which took him to international levels, until he was stalled by back injuries. He now coaches and selects for the Great Britain junior team.

Previous post was further along the Thames at Pangbourne College, where he was head of the junior school, housemaster of the junior boarding house and director of rowing. His career has also meandered through another waterside post, 10 years at Bedford Modern School, where he taught...

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Special Education Needs

In line with The SEN Code of Practice provision is made on a withdrawal basis for any child who fails to make consistent progress in reading, writing, spelling or maths. This includes assessments for strengths and weaknesses, and on-going monitoring. The overall aim is to enable children with special educational needs to gain access to the curriculum and help them succeed and gain confidence by using appropriate learning strategies. Other Specific Learning Difficulties - Sensory Processing Disorder. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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