Schools

We welcome all schools to Woodrow for residential visits, day courses or camping.

We work with young people outside the classroom to support personal and social development.

Call us now on 01494 433 531

We’re waiting to answer your questions. But if you’d prefer to send us your enquiry online use the form below:

           

  • Primary Schools

    Why Woodrow?

    At Woodrow we will work with you on a one-to-one basis to plan and deliver high quality learning programmes, each tailored to the needs of your school.

    The benefits of a residential trip are numerous and include:

    • Improved engagement with learning
    • Improved knowledge, skills and understanding
    • Fostering deeper relationships
    • Improved resilience, self-confidence and well-being
    • Boosted cohesion and a sense of belonging

    Many of these cannot be achieved in any other educational setting which is why the work we do here at Woodrow is of such importance to the development of young people everywhere.

     What we offer

    Open all year round, we  offer  residential visits, day  courses and camping opportunities with  a variety of cost options, all in the beautiful safe and secure surroundings of a 17th century manor house.

    Woodrow offers a wide range of outdoor and indoor activities. Our experienced team challenge and stretch young people whilst maintaining a high level of safety and care, whilst having fun at the same time.

    • We can support transition through the year groups and/or from Key Stage 2 to 3.
    • We can support Year 6 SATs revision.

    Check out our activities here.

    How does it work?

    We can design a progressive or single programme to embed residential visits into the curriculum planning of your school.

    A progressive programme helps to build up confidence and creates a sense of security for your school. You could begin your programme with a day visit and work your way up to a one night or two night stay.

    With the single programme we get into exactly what you want now, anything from a camping trip to week long residential.

  • Secondary Schools

    Why Woodrow?

    Woodrow High House offers a range of outdoor activities for secondary school students, which can be tailored to your school’s individual requirements.

    As part of our offer we can build into the programme a variety of teamwork exercises and command tasks that give pupils the chance to look in detail at how they fit into a team, their leadership potential and the life skills they need to work effectively with other people.

    Woodrow provides the profound opportunity to discover that although a child may not shine in the classroom or on the sports field, in a different setting they are able to show their true underlying potential, sometimes for the first time ever in their lives. We know from reports from teachers that Woodrow helps to motivate young people who are struggling academically.

    We know that as well as academic and technical skills, employers also look for evidence of the ability to work in a team or to manage relationships with others.

    What we offer

    Year 7 Team Building Residential and Day Visits

    Participating in outdoor activities is a great way for a new intake of Year 7’s to get to know each other. Our activity programme can be tailored to your needs to promote communication and team building skills.

    Check out our activities here.

    Revision weekends

    Woodrow is an ideal, flexible venue for revisions weekends. There is plenty of indoor space for revision and this can be complemented with outdoor activities.

     How does it work?

    We can design a progressive or single programme to embed residential visits into the curriculum planning of your school.

    A progressive programme helps to build up confidence and creates a sense of security for your school. You could begin your programme with a day visit and work your way up to a one night or two night stay.

    With the single programme we get into exactly what you want now, anything from a camping trip to week long residential.

  • Teacher'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.

    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

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