Medina Valley Centre Field Studies Residential School Trips Isle of Wight
Medina Valley Centre Dodnor Lane, Newport, PO30 5TE
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
What we offer
The Medina Valley Centre is perfectly situated to benefit from the natural wonders of the Isle of Wight. Our Activities team excel at delivering top quality developmental, energetic and fun activity programs and residentials, while our Field Studies team are experts in their field of delivering KS2, KS3, GCSE and AS/A level field work courses.
The Medina Valley Centre is nestled on the banks of the River Medina, 5 minutes from Newport town centre and 15 minutes from Isle of Wight ferries. Our fantastic site gives visitors access to natural venues for our outdoor activity programs, as well as easy access to truly stunning field studies venues situated across the island.
Our qualified team of instructors are highly proficient at delivering top notch activity sessions. Not only do we strive to make them a huge amount of fun but we also ensure that each session has personal development integrated into the plan, so that participants come away with smiles on their faces and hopefully having grown in an element of themselves.
Our activity options include :
Sailing Kayaking Canoeing Raft Building
(New for 2018) Keelboat sailing
Archery Target shooting Nightline Team challenges
Orienteering Scrapheap challenge Circus skills
(New for 2018) Mountain Biking Pioneering Wide games
(New for 2018) Climbing Abseiling High ropes Bouldering
The Isle of Wight is both compact and diverse, a microcosm of South-East England, offering a paradise for Geographers and a range of accessible ecosystems for Biologists to investigate.
The Island has over 70 miles of diverse coastline, estuaries with saltmarshes, rocky shores, rivers, managed woodland with red squirrels, thriving and declining settlements, as well as so much more.
* No field site is more than a 40 minute drive from the Centre! *
Our team of field studies tutors are all qualified teachers and experts in their field. Whether its Biology or Geography they are equipped to provide the highest quality of field work courses designed to fit your group's requirements.
With particular expertise in the field work requirements for all examination specifications, we regularly hear success stories from teachers who have seen grades rise, course uptakes increase and, above all, a new passion and interest in the natural and physical world in their students.
Our team can provide support with pre and post course work. Depending on your specification we also have a wide range of technological tools, including ArcGIS, that can provide fantastic data sets for further study.
Accreditation and Awards
The Medina Valley Centre is accredited with LOtC, AALA, the RYA, and our staff are members of the BCU and Institute for Outdoor Learning
Group Sizes Catered For
Our accommodation can cater for groups of up to 80 students with 8 staff
Risk Assessment Details
All of our risk assessments are available to school staff and we are happy to host staff for risk assessment visits pre-trip
Our costs vary depending on season and program type, so do get in touch to find out more!
We offer 1 free staff place for every 10 students, and can offer fantastic discounts for larger groups or 2 smaller groups booking together
First Aid Information
All our group facing staff are first aid trained.
Accessibility & Disabled Facilities
We have a fully accessible site and disabled rooms and facilities available.
From a leading High School in London:
Teacher: The field course was excellent; great adaption to the new A level
Student: The field course was very interesting. It was good to have a mixture of both human and physical lessons. Apps were useful in making lessons interactive
A comment from another A level course student: The hospitality was amazing. Really warm and friendly staff, always ready to help. They were very reassuring and I felt very comfortable because of them.
Room Sizes and Facilities
Our comfortable group accommodation comprises of 4 bed bunk rooms with sinks and storage to make group management a breeze, and the majority of our staff bedrooms have en-suite facilities, as well as a separate staff kitchenette. Plentiful toilets and showers as well as a highly effective drying room makes for a stress free residential, and our Centre shop can provide for all those forgotten essentials!
The Centre's communal spaces are designed for comfort! Our large main lounge features a pool table and table football as well as a huge array of games and activities. With comfortable chairs, giant floor cushions and a log fire for the winter it is the perfect place to relax of an evening.
Our dining room can comfortably accommodate up to 100 people and our chefs produce exquisite home cooked meals to tickle your taste buds throughout your time with us. We cater for all dietary needs and requirements, and our team strive to provide the healthiest, most nutritious and tastiest food possible! A particular highlight of the dining room is the stunning 180 degree view over the river!
Our grounds are a natural paradise! With lawns for ball games, an outdoor classroom and wild meadows and woodland, we have ample space to explore and relax in free time. One of the most regular things we hear from visiting staff is just how beautiful, diverse and accessible our outdoor spaces are, making them perfect for any type of group!