With our 80 bed space capacity, the Centre is small enough to provide very welcoming and personal attention to visiting schools, which is particularly appreciated by some of the younger pupils on their first residential school trip – away from the comforts of home perhaps for the first time.
The staff at Medina Valley Centre are here to make you feel very welcome and help you make the most of your visit to the Isle of Wight.
Teaching and Instructional staff are all qualified to a high level. They are all First Aid qualified and carry a first aid kit and other emergency aids, at all times. We are CRB compliant and each member of staff wears an identification badge or Centre logo.
Frank Cope BEd, RYA Senior Instructor, Level 3 Kayak Coach,
Level 2 Canoe Coach
Kate Cope – NNEB, Level 2 Canoe Coach
Frank and Kate joined the Centre in July 2007 as resident house managers and Frank as Sailing School Principal. They have extensive previous experience in youthwork and outdoor pursuits, including as resort managers in Turkey for Mastersun and proprietors of a watersports company in Wales. Both Frank and Kate learnt to sail at Medina Valley Centre in the late sixties and early seventies.
Field Study Tutors
Head of Field Studies & Deputy Centre Manager
BA (Hons), PGCE, British Orienteering Coach
Keith joined the staff in 1986 with responsibility for developing and teaching the Geography fieldwork at the Centre and was appointed Head of Field Studies in October 2006. Previously, he has taught in secondary schools in Tanzania & Buckinghamshire and co-led the Geology section of the Isle of Wight Natural History and Archaeological Society. As an experienced ornithologist, Keith has published several major reports on the birds of the Medina Valley.
Field Studies Tutor
MA MSc PGCE, British Orienteering Tutor/Assessor,
BCU Canoe Coach
Steve has taught Biology and Geography courses at the Medina Valley Centre since 2003. Previously Steve has taught in a number of Island schools and at the Isle of Wight College. He will often come up with a poem or two for a course.
Field Studies Tutor
BSc Geography, PGCE Primary
Josh joined the team in August 2014 and co-ordinates the Junior Education courses. He has responsibility for developing GIS for Field Studies and overseeing the Centre’s social media. He has taught in primary schools for four years where he has co-ordinated the outdoor education programmes. Josh has worked professionally in woodland management as a tree surgeon, and has a keen interest in woodmanship and wood crafts. He enjoys sailing, kite surfing and offroad biking.
Seasonal Field Studies Tutor
BSc Agricultural Botany, PGCE
Beatrice joined the staff in April 2013, and is responsible for teaching Biology for all ages through to A2. She has taught in secondary schools in Sussex and London, and has field studies experience in the Lake District, Shetland and Kenya.
School’s Liaison Officer
Sandie joined the team in February 2010, primarily to deal with all the school bookings and liaise with teachers and group leaders. Due to her vast experience in all admin roles she also undertakes many of the general administrative tasks. Being an “Isle of Wighter” she has a lot of local knowledge and of course a love for the water. Her hobbies are swimming, sailing, kayaking and walking, but her greatest love is traveling and she has been all over the world.
Geoff looks after the Centre accounts and finances, and also provides IT support in addition to trying to keep 25 plus Centre computers running and up to date. He is originally from the North East, and arrived on the Isle of Wight due to more than just one or two coincidences! If you can catch him out of the office, do ask him to tell you how he came to be at Medina. Rachel, Geoff’s wife, occasionally works as a Kitchen Assistant at the Centre. They live at Carisbrooke Priory, just outside Newport, where they are part of a Christian community that seeks to be an open house for prayer and Christian healing.
Head of Outdoor Activities
BA(Hons) Degree in Sports and Leisure management
BCU Level 2 paddlesportsCoach
FSRT & WSRT
RYA Senior Sailing Instructor
RYA Powerboat Instructor
Kieran is the Centre’s Head of Outdoor Activities. He is responsible for overseeing the running and development of the Centre’s Watersports and Multi Activity programmes, as well as being the Primary Instructor for Paddlesports coaching at the Centre. Kieran has had a broad experience, leading courses in a variety of activities at centre’s in different parts of the country, catering for a great range of clients.
Maintenance Technician/Chief Instructor of Sailing
RYA Senior Sailing Instructor, RYA Powerboat Instructor
Simon first came to the Centre to learn to sail during his summer holidays and has now been working here since 2006, doing site maintenance and teaching RYA Sailing and PB2 Powerboat courses.
Acting Head Chef
NVQ Level 3
Martyn started working at the Centre as a Kitchen Assistant in August 2009, then started training as a Chef in June 2010. He has a NVQ level 3 in Professional Cookery and his specialities are cakes and desserts.
Claire, Jenny, Peter, Rachel, Sam, and Shannen are our team of Kitchen Assistants who help Martyn keep the Kitchen clean and tidy and set up the Dining Room for meals
Mandy, Tracey, Shannen and Claire are the hardworking team that keeps the Centre clean and tidy. Shannen and Claire can also be found helping out in the kitchen.
We have a team of up to 40 seasonal sailing instructors who regularly work for the Centre throughout the year. They are all RYA qualified as either Senior Instructor, Advanced Instructor, Instructor or Assistant Instructor. We also run a training/briefing weekend once a year for these instructors.