Headteacher's Welcome

 Welcome to The Vineyard


Ruth Whymark


I fully understand that making a choice about primary schools is one of the most important decisions that you will make for your family. With this in mind, I would like to introduce you to what is distinctive about our school. We hope that our website will give you a flavour of our children, our environment and our ethos.

Having talked to parents past and present, I have found three factors that are consistently considered the most important facets of life at The Vineyard: care, challenge and creativity. As a school, we are passionate about meeting every child’s needs, ensuring their happiness and making the most of their individual talents.

Our children thrive in a learning environment that is designed to engage and excite. The focus on developing a lifelong love of learning is underpinned by rigorous attention to the development of essential skills and tools. This focus and attention, combined with continual assessment of progress, ensures that each child is thoroughly prepared for the next stage of learning and has the opportunity to maximise his or her potential.

As we live in a constantly changing, multi-cultural world and global economy, we endeavour to provide our children with the skills that are essential for success in the twenty-first century. Our focus on collaboration and team-building ensures that all children are equipped to face the challenges ahead. We want our pupils to leave The Vineyard having developed a love of learning, gained a desire to extend their understanding throughout their lives without fear of acquiring new skills and knowledge as the world around us changes. Our children are able to recognise that individually they can make a difference to their own future and to that of our planet.

All of this is achieved through providing a creative and imaginative curriculum that opens windows into an inviting world, rich in opportunities for the children to enjoy. Our focus on the creative arts ensures that our children are confident to participate in and have the language to express their appreciation of a range of art forms. Similarly, we aim to encourage every child to participate in an active and healthy lifestyle, making the most of opportunities to involve themselves in the huge range of sporting activities provided by the school.

Hidden away on the crest of Richmond Hill, a short distance from the river and Richmond Park, The Vineyard benefits from an unusually secluded and rural environment. Our extensive and beautiful grounds provide a safe and tranquil setting – a breath of fresh air in a busy world.

I am so proud of our children, our vibrant community and our school. I hope that my passion is shared as you navigate through our website.

Ruth Whymark

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or telephone 0208 948 0195