Youth Organisations

Woodrow welcomes youth clubs, youth charities, faith groups, Duke of Edinburgh participants, Guides, Scouts and local sports teams, who all come to Woodrow for a variety of activities and events, from residential stays, a day visit or to camp.

Woodrow offers more than just outdoor activities. It is also a perfect venue for – training, drama, dance, music, sports development, arts and crafts.

 

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  • What can you do at Woodrow?

    You can come to us for a residential stay of any length, a day visit or to camp.

    All are activities are listed here.

    Visiting groups often choose to make full use of all our activities which are carefully designed to meet the objectives of the group.

    At Woodrow young people can:

    • Develop greater self-confidence, independence and resilience.
    • Strengthen relationships with and between young people in a different setting.
    • Learn new practical and fundamental life skills.

    Our instructors also focus on supporting youth club leaders, using their experiences to help them encourage and enable young people to get involved.

    We have a large Sports Hall with a stage, ideal for drama and dance workshops and sports development. Our studio is equipped with flip charts and interactive white board which is perfect for training.

    In the house you will have a private lounge space for your group to relax between sessions. For evening entertainment our games room provides a place for young people to get to know each other, listen to music, watch TV or play table tennis/football. We also have an AstroTurf and swimming pool which can be timetabled into your stay.

    Woodrow is ideally situated for London groups, as Amersham is the last stop on the Metropolitan line and group travel tickets can be purchased at discounted rates. It is then only a short taxi ride to Woodrow.

    London Youth member clubs in either their first year of membership or with a current London Youth Quality Mark enjoy a discounted price over our standard youth club price. This means a Friday – Sunday weekend residential could cost as little as £65 per person inclusive of activities, accommodation and catering.

  • Leader's Guide

    How to book

    Please get in touch to check availability and prices. We can provisionally reserve dates for you. Once you have decided to go ahead with the booking we will then send you a booking form.

    The booking is confirmed once we have received a signed contract and the deposit invoice paid by the due date.

    A balance invoice will then be sent to you with payment due 30 days prior to your visit.

    Any changes of numbers must be communicated to us as soon as possible; once the deposit is paid this is non-refundable and will be held if there is a reduction in numbers.

    After the booking is confirmed

    Two months before the residential you will be sent a ‘pre-visit pack’. This will include bedroom allocation, activity requests and dietary and medical requirement forms.

    Accommodation 

    We can sleep up to 110 people in the house. Our accommodation consists of bedrooms with bunk beds, ranging from two to five sets per room. Interspersed with the children’s rooms are the teacher’s bedrooms, the majority containing two single beds.

    There is a lift in the house and we have accessible bedrooms and bathrooms.

    There are three large lounges available. You will have a lounge space allocated to you for your stay.

    Floor Plan

    Food

    Our aim for young people who visit our centre is to be as active and healthy as possible; we therefore take care in choosing the menu options at Woodrow. We provide three hot meals per day. To help assist young people in selecting a balanced meal, fruit and salad are available with both lunch and dinner. Water and squash are always available.

    Menu

    Specific Dietary needs

    Our small friendly kitchen team are experienced in catering for many different dietary needs. Whether members of your group have requirements relating to faith or for medical reasons, we make every possible effort to meet their needs.

    Activities

    All our activities are shown here. Sessions last for one and a half hours and we normally work on a ratio of between 1:12 or 1:15 instructors to children dependent on the activity. Please see the activity list, sample programme and a suggested Kit List for further information.

    Sporting options are also available with our 3G AstroTurf pitch, swimming pool and sports hall.

    Health and Safety

    The safety of our visitors is a priority for the team at Woodrow High House. Our centres are regularly inspected as part of our internal health and safety audit programme.

    All our activities are operated in accordance with strict operating standards that define the minimum requirements for staff qualifications, supervision arrangements, equipment, facilities and appropriate clothing. All activities have a defined session plan and all instructors are regularly observed to ensure they are complying with our safety standards and delivering a quality experience to our visitors.

    We have risk assessed all our activities and these are updated and reviewed constantly to reflect any changes.

    Woodrow High House has been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom  Quality Badge.

    Woodrow High House has a Duty Instructor available 24 hours a day to deal with any issues that may arise during your stay and to help solve problems.

    A Fire Risk Assessment has been completed at Woodrow High House and all appropriate fire safety arrangements are in place. All our groups have the fire evacuation procedure explained to them on arrival, and will undertake a fire drill.

    Risk Assessments Summary

  • Parent's Guide

    Why go on a residential?

    Residential visits provide many benefits which cannot be achieved in any other educational setting. The children learn new skills which in turn helps to build confidence and resilience as well as developing improved relationships amongst fellow peers and teachers. Learning Away found that the sense of community supports a wide range of positive and social learning outcomes long after the return to school.

    Accommodation

    Woodrow High House is a 17th century manor house set in 24 acres of safe and secure grounds.

    The children sleep in bunk beds and the number in each room varies according to the size of the room. The minimum number of children per room is 4 and the maximum is 10. The teacher’s bedrooms are interspersed amongst the children’s rooms.  We provide all the bed linen and the children are asked to make their own beds. Bathroom facilities are easily accessible from the bedrooms.

    There is a lift in the house and we have accessible bedrooms and bathrooms.

    There are three large lounges available. The school will have a lounge space allocated to them for their stay. The children can meet there and relax after a day of outdoor activities.

    Floor Plan

    Food

    Our aim for young people who visit our centre is to be as active and healthy as possible; we therefore take care in choosing the menu options at Woodrow. We provide three hot meals per day. To help assist young people in selecting a balanced meal, fruit and salad are available with both lunch and dinner. Water and squash are always available.

    Menu

    Specific Dietary needs

    Our small friendly kitchen team are experienced in catering for many different dietary needs. Whether members of your group have requirements relating to faith or for medical reasons, we make every possible effort to meet their needs.

    Kit List

    The children will get muddy and dirty doing the outdoor activities, so we recommend you pack old clothes. Layers are a good idea for a variety of weather conditions so the children can cope with both the warm and the cold. Our suggestions are track suit or leggings, T-shirts and sweatshirts. To help us keep the house clean we ask everyone to bring indoor and outdoor shoes.

    It also helps if you bring a bin bag for any dirty or wet clothes. Check out the weather forecast for the dates of the visit and pack accordingly for the weather. For more details our Kit List is here.

    Health and Safety

    The safety of our visitors is a priority for the team at Woodrow High House. Our centres are regularly inspected as part of our internal health and safety audit programme.

    All our activities are operated in accordance with strict operating standards that define the minimum requirements for staff qualifications, supervision arrangements, equipment, facilities and appropriate clothing. All activities have a defined session plan and all instructors are regularly observed to ensure they are complying with our safety standards and delivering a quality experience to our visitors.

    We have risk assessed all our activities and these are updated and reviewed constantly to reflect any changes.

    Woodrow High House has been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.

    Woodrow High House has a Duty Instructor available 24 hours a day to deal with any issues that may arise during your stay and to help solve problems.

    A Fire Risk Assessment has been completed at Woodrow High House and all appropriate fire safety arrangements are in place. All our groups have the fire evacuation procedure explained to them on arrival, and will undertake a fire drill.

    Risk Assessments Summary

     

Hear what visitors had to say
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