Woodrow High House Amersham Buckinghamshire Residential
Cherry Lane, Amersham, HP7 0QG
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
What we offer
Woodrow High House is one of London Youth's residential centres. As a charity we aim to support and challenge young people to be the best they can be.
Our regular customers include primary and secondary schools, independent schools and special needs schools. We arrange bespoke activity programmes dependent on the objectives of your visit.
Woodrow High House is a 17th Century Manor House with plenty of character. It is situated within 24 acres of beautiful grounds on the edge of the Chilterns, in Amersham. It is approximately a 10 minute drive from Amersham train station - the last stop on the Metropolitan line, allowing for easy access from London. The site is also accessible via public transport with regular bus services available and is coach accessible. Our beautiful grounds provide an ideal setting to get away and enjoy the countryside, maybe even spot some local wildlife. An evening round the camp fire, complete with songs and stories, is the perfect way to round off the day.
We have our very own Sports Centre with a heated swimming pool on site. The Sports Centre can be used for a number of purposes, from playing Basketball to indoor archery and even musical theatre with our stage and lighting facilities.
The site is secure and not publically accessible. All of our external doors are locked and coded, with codes updated regularly. We also have CCTV. All of our staff are DBS checked and complete Safety and Safeguarding training. Furthermore, the Woodrow Instructor Team are First Aid and Fire Marshall trained. Our Senior Instructor Team and Head of Centre live on site and are available 24/7 in case of emergency.
We offer a wide range of exiting outdoor activities such as archery, low-ropes, nightline, bushcraft and pioneering. We focus on helping the young people develop their soft skills; these include skills such as confidence, resilience, communication and listening. New for 2017 is our high ropes course - The 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.
Accreditation and Awards
LOTC Quality Badge - R2QB103385
Group Sizes Catered For
We cater for any group sizes, whether you want to bring 6 people or 106 people! The maximum capacity is 110, with 23 bedrooms. The house can be divided into zones with each group having their own bedroom area. Alternatively you may wish to book for exclusive house use.
Risk Assessment Details
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.
Our prices vary throughout the year and are priced seasonally. Our price is inclusive of food and activities and start at £75 for a one night stay. All our teacher places are free!
First Aid Information
All of our instructors are first aid trained and therefore there is no need for you to bring a qualified first aider.
Woodrow High House offers fully catered residentials and day visits. We work on a ratio of 1 instructor to every 15 young people. We provide 3 cooked meals a day. If you would like to request a copy of our menu we would be happy to share it with you, our full menu can also be downloaded from our website. We place importance on healthy living and therefore always have a salad bar available at lunch and dinner, as well as fruit throughout the day. We always have drinking water available and recommend the young people bring a drinks bottle to re-fill. We can cater for all dietary requirements and operate on a nut free site. Our dining area can seat 70 people. We also have a drinks station with free tea and coffee available throughout the duration of your stay. You will find a microwave and toaster here also.
Downstairs in the cellar you will find our Tuck Shop which sells sweets; chocolates; fizzy drinks and souvenirs as an evening treat for our guests (this is at an additional cost). Woodrow High House is happy to make up goody bags for your young people to take home with them also.
We have three relaxing lounge spaces available of which you're group will be allocated one for the duration of your stay. This is a great space for your group to meet before meal-times, relax or play games. One of our lounges has been specifically designed to meet the needs of young people with additional and special needs.
Accessibility & Disabled Facilities
Woodrow High House is an inclusive centre which caters for groups with disabilities, designing bespoke outdoor activity programmes for groups with special needs. We have a number of rooms with wider doors to ensure they are wheelchair accessible. These rooms come equipped with en-suite/in-room shower with shower seating. These rooms also have an en-suite, shared bathroom with emergency pull cords and rails for assistance. We can also provide our disabled visitors with a Seahorse Chair (shower chair) and manual hoist. Guests will need to bring their own slings. We have an outdoor all-terrain buggy which can be used for getting around the site to various activities.
Opening Hours & Information
We are open all year round, January to December! We do however close over the Christmas period.
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.
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.
Room Sizes and Facilities
Our rooms vary in size, but all have a similar style and feel. All our rooms our single beds, we do not have any double rooms. Our smallest room, typically used as a leaders room, is made up of 2 single beds. Our largest room comprises 5 bunk beds. Our rooms are spread over three floors and are split into four areas, allowing each group to have their own space. All of our leaders? rooms are made up before your arrival with fresh linen. We also provide our leaders with tea and coffee making facilities. We provide all bed linen so there is no need to bring your own.
Bathrooms, shower rooms and WCs are located throughout the house on each floor. We do not have any en-suite rooms. We do have four accessible bedrooms downstairs with their own showers and toilet facilities.