The Old Vicarage has been a junior boarding house since 2001. It is a beautiful, rambling former family home built in the 18th Century and was originally converted to house both boys and girls, but now is home to boys only. We can accommodate up to 28 boys, who at the moment range from years 3-9. Life at Old Vic is hectic and fun! We try to cram in as many activities and adventures as possible to keep the boys busy and entertained, which range from cooking and sport to paintball, bowling, and our exciting, newly-instituted Forest School camping weekend.
Old Vic has plenty going on to keep your sons entertained and stimulated. We have great fun during our friendly competitions held throughout the year, which include table tennis, pool and Foosball (table football) leagues. The House is well fitted-out for study too: we recently acquired six new state-of-the-art PCs for prep and maybe the occasional video game.
We also have a very successful prefect system, which helps the most senior boys acquire some preliminary leadership skills. House Prefects are chosen from the older boys in the House and are expected to assist the houseparents and Matron in duties such as getting everyone woken up in the morning, and making sure everyone is ready for roll call.
Jonathan Mercer was appointed House Master of Old Vicarage in January 2017. He lives on the ground floor of the House with his wife Anna and their children Jack and Skyla, who both attend the School. Mr Mercer is a Physics teacher in the Senior School. Ellen Santana has been the Matron since 2006 and also lives at the School. Together with the resident assistant and academic Tutors, Mr Mercer and Ms Santana work hard to make sure that the Old Vicarage has a wonderful family feel, and to ensure that all boys are as happy as possible, as it is the School’s and the House’s belief that pastoral happiness and comfort are indelibly linked with academic success.
Please make contact with us as soon as you can to book a tour of the House. We very much look forward to welcoming you to Old Vic!