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Vinehall7-11 years

Vinehall School is situated just outside the small village of Robertsbridge, close to Battle and the seaside town of Hastings. The centre is housed in a traditional country house constructed in 1830 and has many modern facilities. The campus, which is surrounded by beautiful countryside, extends over 47 acres / 19 hectares. With its secluded and safe location, Vinehall is perfect for younger students.

The Programme

English Skills

English Skills focus on developing students' general knowledge in English and ability to communicate effectively and accurately in everyday situations and different contexts. Students will be tested, challenged, supported and stimulated.


  1. Improve students' receptive (reading and listening) and productive (speaking and writing) English skills.
  2. Extend students' knowledge and range of vocabulary.
  3. Deepen students' understanding of grammatical concepts in English.
  4. Build students' confidence to use the English they know in speaking situations.
  5. Improve students' pronunciation.
  6. Train students to be effective learners.


StoryTime gives students the opportunity to share personal and fictional stories in a creative and stimulating way, enhancing their spoken fluency in English. Students become storytellers and story listeners in English, with the StoryTime teacher as their role model.


  1. Tell and listen to stories about students' own experiences as well as fictional stories.
  2. Build self-confidence and fluency.
  3. Learn to communicate more creatively in English.
  4. Stimulate students' curiosity and imagination.
  5. Develop genuine peer listening.
  6. Enhance the sense of "community of learners" between the students.
  7. Enrich the learning experience and make learning fun.

These CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning)-based lessons allow students to improve their English whilst at the same time explore a range of stimulating subjects such as Ecology, Space, Science and Technology.


  1. Improve students' general knowledge of the topics studied.
  2. Familiarise students with relevant subject-specific terminology in English.
  3. Enhance students' general English skills within a more academic context.
  4. Enrich the learning experience by studying interesting and relevant topics, appropriate to the students' age.

After lessons, students participate in a range of sports and recreational activities. This provides the opportunity to carry on learning outside the classroom in small, supervised groups at the same time as having some fun. Sometimes, students will be able to choose their preferred sport or activity.


  1. Enhance students' fluency in English.
  2. Awaken students' curiosity by explore new sports, activities and games.
  3. Enhance students' skills and technique in sports.
  4. Encourage participation and self-confidence.
  5. Teach students new vocabulary related to sports, games and popular leisure activities.


Benchball, Cooking, Dance, Drama, Football, Gymnastics, Handball, High 5’s Netball, Jewellery-Making, Martial Arts, Model-Making, Origami, Painting, Quicksticks Hockey, Rounders, Sand Painting, Stoolball, Swimming, Tennis, Touch Rugby.


A full programme of organised and supervised social events is offered every evening to encourage students to make new friends and develop their social skills. By actively encouraging the mixing of nationalities, we are helping to create a harmonious international community in which students can live, study in a safe and comfortable environment and enjoy themselves.


  1. Promote students' relaxation and enjoyment.
  2. Explore some typically English social events, games and activities.
  3. Nurture social skills in an environment of different cultural traditions.
  4. Use English in natural real-life speaking situations.
  5. Forge new friendships.

African Drumming, Disco, Fashion Show, Karaoke, Messy Games, Mini Olympics, Music Quiz, Pantomime, Talent Show, Treasure Hunt.


Excursions are a mandatory part of the programme. We offer students the opportunity to visit places of cultural and historical interest, as well as the chance for sightseeing, shopping and amusement.


  1. Deepen students' cultural experiences.
  2. Create opportunities for interaction with the real world in fun, relaxed and genuinely interesting ways.
  3. Enhance their knowledge of England and the UK.


Wednesday trips are a half-day afternoon/evening visit and may involve visiting a local place of interest in a nearby town or an off-site activity, such as Country Park, Forest, Laser Zone, Museum, Pier, Pottery Painting, Indoor Rock Climbing, Trampolining.


Saturday excursions are a full day trip and include a cultural, touristic or recreational visit to London or another place of interest such as British Museum, Buckingham Palace, London Dungeon, London Eye, London Zoo, Madame Tussauds, National Gallery, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Thorpe Park, Tower of London, Westminster Abbey. See our Excursion Schedule.


Sunday excursions are often more relaxing trips to a local seaside town, such as Brighton or Portsmouth, where students can stroll along the beach, have lunch in the park or do some shopping. Sometimes students will partake in off-site activities.




Our Academies Programme offers expert instruction to students looking to develop their skills, technique and confidence in certain sports and leisure activities.


  1. Increase students' competencies and technique in the sport/activity.
  2. Offer inspiring coaching and instruction to motivate students to practise sport.
  3. Learn specific vocabulary relating to the sport/activity.
Academies Available

Football Skills

Horse Riding

Performing Arts



Further Information

The Academies Programme is suitable for all abilites from beginner to advanced level.

Instruction is given by qualified Bede's or external sports' coaches.

Students can choose 1 Academy option per week.

Academies take place instead of the regular afternoon Sports & Activities.

Dates & Fees

The centre is open for 5 weeks in total, from 5 July to 08 August 2020. Students can arrive on any Sunday and depart on any Saturday.

The recommended minimum stay is 2 weeks. To maximize the benefit of your experience, you should consider a 3 or 4 week course.

A 10% discount is available on the weekly package price on stays of 5 weeks or longer.

The fully-inclusive course fee is £1,200 per week.

The Course


Age range 7 to 11 yrs. Maximum 70 students per week from different countries. Limits for each nationality to ensure a good mix.


Excursion Schedule. There is a full programme of lessons, sports, activities, social events and excursions, all of which are mandatory and included in the fee. 


Daily Timetable. There are 17.5 hours of lessons per week including English Skills, StoryTime and Explorations. Maximum 10 students per class. Weekly progress checks to monitor students' performance.


8 levels are available, from Complete Beginners (A0) to Proficiency (C2). Entry test on Monday with a speaking, grammar and writing component.




Academy Prospectus. Available in  Football Skills, Horse Riding, Performing Arts, Swimming and Tennis. Supplements are payable. Academies are subject to availability and a minimum number of enrolments.

Student Handbook

The centre


Tennis courts, sports hall, swimming pool, golf course, adventure playground, astro-turf, playing fields, drama theatre, common room, IT Suite



Separate accommodation on campus for boys and girls. Cheerful and spacious bedrooms with 4 to 8 beds (some larger bedrooms are available.) Storage space is available. Bathrooms are shared. Students share their bedroom with children of a similar age and from different countries.


Bede's staff provide excellent care for students 24 hours a day and live in the same sleeping areas as the students. Dedicated House Parents look after the students in each boarding house. Excellent staff:student ratios (typically 1:3). Individual attention provided. There is a surgery led by a qualified nurse several times a week and access to a doctor if required.



Healthy meals with a mix of English and international dishes served in the Dining Room. Vegetarian options are always available. Special dietary requirements are accommodated.


Internet is available for students during their free time. Students can make and receive telephone calls. Skype is available. Laundry is done for students at least twice a week. 24 hour emergency contact service for Parents.

Transfer Service
Transfer Service

Transfers from/to Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Airports and Ashford Train Station are included in the fees at any time of the day. Students are met by Bede's Staff and Bede's Airport Coordinators provide extra care.


London: 57 miles/92 km

LGW: 54 miles/87 km

LHR: 78 miles/126 km

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Course Aims

  1. Improve all language skills in English
  2. Build confidence to speak English more fluently
  3. Have a better understanding of the British way of life
  4. Earn respect for other people and different cultures
  5. Develop personal and social skills
  6. Motivate students to continue learning English after they leave Bede's

Course Outcomes

Attendance Certificate
Academic Report
Course Folder
Activities Diary
Any special Awards or Prizes
Nationality Mix at Bede's Vinehall 2018
What Students Thought in 2019
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