Region: South East

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Cherry Lane, Amersham, Buckinghamshire HP7 0QG

Contact: 01494 433 531

Website: http://www.woodrowhighhouse.org

Description

Are you on Twitter, Facebook or any other social media and what are the links?

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WoodrowHH 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WoodrowHighHouse/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/woodrowhh/ 

Exactly what does your venue offer to educational visits?

We offer a wide range of activities which can be incorporated into your bespoke programme. We place a great deal of importance upon the skills developed during these activities reflecting on what has been learnt at the end of each session.

A sample of our activities include: archery; low ropes; nightline; team building exercises; orienteering; woodland walk; pond dipping; rocket building; camp fire; scavenger hunt; swimming; pioneering; bushcraft; den building and new for 2017... Jacob’s Ladder! This is a giant swinging ladder and is our most physical and challenging activity yet. It involves agility, great communication and strength. Up to 3 people climb at once with the rest of the team getting involved by holding the ropes and cheering their classmates on! Our fully qualified instructor team can work with groups of all ages and abilities.

Learning Away have shown that planning a Brilliant Residential can: improve relationships between teachers and pupils; improve engagement; improve behaviour; create a greater sense of belonging; raise aspirations; significantly boost SATs progress and significantly improve students’ transition experiences.

To read more about how to make your residential a ‘Brilliant’ one, you can access advice and lots of free resources here: http://learningaway.org.uk/residentials/guiding-principles/ 

Why you are you a great place for educational visits?

We adapt our programmes and vary the style of delivery to ensure that we provide exactly what your group needs.  At Woodrow we give young people a safe, but real, taste of adventure - boosting their self-confidence and encouraging them to try new experiences. All our programmes include problem solving tasks which help young people to play a more effective role in a team. As well as being educational, children have a fun and enjoyable experience in the outdoors.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?

LOTC Quality Badge – R2QB103385

What does a typical educational visit include?

Each educational visit is a unique experience. We adapt our programmes and vary the style of delivery to ensure that we provide exactly what your group needs.  We have a variety of groups that visit Woodrow, each with differing educational outcomes. In recent years groups have visited us to primarily focus on ecology – these groups carried out activities such as: pond dipping; woodland walk and mini-beast hunt. We have had groups visiting us with the aim to improve ‘employability skills’ such as team-work and communication. We also have a number of groups who visit us for revision weekends – combining classroom based learning with outdoor activity fun.

Your day trip will include a total of 3-4 activities of your choice, dependent on arrival and departure times.

If there are various options, for instance for different key stages, or for different curriculum topics, then please write as many as you want to include. If you tailor each visit specifically to the needs of the group then please also mention this.

What group sizes do you cater for?

We cater for any group sizes, whether you want to bring 6 people or 106 people! We operate on a ratio of 1 instructor to 15 young people.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?

We do not provide teachers with projects, packs or work sheets.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?

Yes, we are happy for both children and teachers to take photos, videos and audio! We would love you to share your experiences with us via our social media channels.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

Our Risk Management Summary is available for download from our website. We can provide individual risk assessments for all of our activities on request. We are also happy to show group leaders around the site prior to their visit if they would like to carry out their own risk assessments

Does your venue have an education officer?

We do not have an Education Officer. For sales enquires please contact our Development Manager - Andrea via email: andrea.edwards@londonyouth.org or by telephone on 01494 433531.

What is the cost: of the visit?

Our prices vary throughout the year and are priced seasonally. Our price is inclusive of food and activities and start at £20 for a day visit. All our teacher places are free!

Is specific clothing required for the trip?

You can download our full ‘Kit List’ from our website here: http://londonyouth.org/residential-centres/woodrow-high-house/schools/ 

We recommend you bring warm, comfortable and waterproof clothing. Layers are a good idea also. Bring wellies if you have them!

We ask all of our day visitors to bring a packed lunch with them. We recommend you bring your lunch in a disposable bag.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

All of our instructors are first aid trained and therefore there is no need for you to bring a qualified first aider.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

Our day visitors spend the whole day outside, using a variety of our activities. For lunch your group can picnic in the grounds, or when the weather isn’t as nice we can provide an indoor space for you. We have outdoor toilets and water available throughout the day.

What are your disabled facilities?

The majority of our activities can be adapted to suit your groups needs and can be accessed via a forest wheelchairs available if required. Our swimming pool has a hoist, to enable wheel chair users to use the pool.

What are your opening days and hours?

We are open all year round, January to December! We do however close over the Christmas period.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?

The instructors are reliable, skilled and clearly well managed. They know what is supposed to be happening, they lead activities well and they are endlessly patient with queries from staff and children. The food is excellent and the catering staff efficient, friendly and humorous, and although we didn’t meet the housekeeping staff we found the house and facilities clean and well looked after. The staff are clearly a team and they couldn’t do enough for us. Weston Turville School

From point of contact those who supported with the administration of planning our visit were patient, prompt with replying, flexible with the numerous changes/requests we made and of course polite and professional. On arrival we found the team who dealt with our all girl group, some of which who have never camped before, just as fantastic as their colleagues. Woodrow is equally beautiful, clean and suitably equipped for our activity and camping needs. I found the team to be welcoming, well trained, polite and patient.


Age of Children / Pupils: 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Outdoor Education Residential School Trips Sports Team Building

Curriculum Topics Covered: Citizenship Design and Technology Environmental Studies Geography History Mathematics PE PSHE Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December


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