Testimonials

See below for comments from pupils and teachers who have stayed with us at the Medina Valley Centre.

Primary Schools

The children have learnt lots and had some invaluable experiences! Really pleased with such a great week! The children have formed lovely relationships with lots of the adults they've met; friendly, informative, kind and accomodating to us all! Thank you MVC!

Primary School TeacherStapleford

I am always ready to take on a new challenge and this one was a brilliant one with loads of surprises in store for us.

Year 6 PupilNorthwood College

I really enjoyed my week and had loads of fun.  I did things that I thought I would never do.

Year 6 PupilNorthwood College

Going to the Isle of Wight was a COMPLETELEY new experience.  I saw a velvet swimming crab, did the longest walk ever and played samba.  This is a trip I would do 1000 times.

Year 6 PupilNorthwood College

My favourite activity was looking at the waterside birds because I haven't seen them before. But I liked them all. Thank you it was an amazing day. 

PupilArreton Primary

Just wanted to thank you for another great week.  The girls had a ball, learnt alot and have not stopped talking about it for the whole day! 

StaffSt Nicholas

The children loved it and enjoyed the variety of activities.

StaffArreton Primary School

It was interesting when we had to be directed to the trees blindfolded – and do it to other people.

PupilPupil

I was surprised when we all went on the night hike and went outside in the mud.

PupilPupil

I was surprised when I saw my room because I thought it was going to be a room with only beds. But I really liked those rooms. Thank you for letting us stay. I want to come again.

PupilPupil

I was surprised how fun it was, how much mud there was. I want to come again!

PupilPupil

I liked learning about all of the habitats and all about the animals and trees.

PupilPupil

I liked learning about building bird’s nests in the wood with tweezers (beaks!).

PupilPupil

It was interesting to see how well the children worked together and how well behaved they can be

StaffSummerfields Primary School
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Secondary Schools

Good quality teaching, supported us with a lot of useful information.  The iPads and GIS were an extremely useful resource!

Geography StudentGCSE CA

The field course was fun and interesting, very informative but made enjoyable!

GCSE Geography StudentGCSE Geography

The field course was fun whilst still learning.  I loved this trip and had so much fun.  Thank you!

Year 7 pupilYear 7 pupil

Really good mix of activities that engaged all age ranges and abilities. We had a super time and I hope to come back!

'Coach' / Helper /LeaderKeen London

I enjoyed falconry, sailing, canoeing, campfire and the egg hunt! Everyone made me feel at home.

'Athlete' / StudentKeen London

The field course was fun and exhilerating!

The staff were friendly and nice.

'Athlete' / StudentKeen London

Amazing! I was overwhelmed with how much effort you put in with the food!

Everyone was very friendly.  The whole weekend had a very personal feel.  I enjoyed that the staff had meals with us and joined in.  Really nice.

The whole weekend was fantastic.  All the activities were very well planned and the 'athletes' were more happy, relaxed and comfortable than I've seen them most anywhere.

Group leader/helperKeen London

A wealth of information delivered clearly in a short time frame. 2 expert guides!

AS Geography TeacherTomlinscote

Kind, friendly and full of joy staff who love your company and are always willing to help.

AS Geography StudentTomlinscote

A range of delicious meals, I enjoyed every one.  I liked how you could take as much or as little as you wanted.

AS Geography StudentAS Geography

The tutors had amazing knowledge and there were clear links back to our course criteria.  The trip was informative and enjoyable.  All the staff at the centre were the nicest people I’ve ever come across.

AS Geography StudentTomlinscote

Excellent tuition – a very high standard and geared to the level of the group. Great use of GIS. Superb local knowledge and understanding of the exam spec.

Head of GeographySt Nicholas School

The food was very good and there was enough to satisfy everyone's appetites, even those who were fussy eaters

Year 10 studentSt Nicholas School

The field course was excellent; I thought the use of iPads was a really good idea

Year 10 Geography studentSt Nicholas School

The field course was brilliant; our instructor explained everything so well

Year 10 Geography studentSt Nicholas School

Excellent in every way! Tutor is very knowledgeable in an intersting and humorous way.  Great presentation, great pace, great knowledge of specification, great exam hints!!

Biology TeacherReeds School

The field course was really interesting and varied. Lots of help with coursework and very willing to answer any questions.  The teachers are very passionate and make the course very interesting!

A level Biology StudentRingwood School

I liked how enthusiastic and passionate the tutors were about biology and the natural environment, which made me more excited about the coursework.

A2 Biology StudentRosebery School

The field course was really helpful and gave us all of the information needed to complete a really good piece of research.  Anything we didn't understand was explained until we did understand.

A level Biology StudentRosebery School

Very enjoyable. 
I used to not be a fan of ecology, but have been completely converted!!

A level BiologyWimbledon High School

Was what we had asked for! All objectives were achieved by girls and well taught by tutors.

Biology TeacherWimbledon High School

The course was interesting and informative.  We obtained a high amount of data and skills for our course.

AS Geography StudentGordon's School

The field course was very informative and massively helped for the exam.

AS Geography StudentGordon's School

The course was very interesting, everything was thought of in great detail and I felt the I have learnt a lot.

The hospitality was exceptional, the staff were very kind and I felt like I belonged.

Geography StudentGeography Student

Incredibly friendly and welcoming people, created a lovely environment to be in.

AS Geography StudentAS Geography Student

The hospitality was amazing.  Anna and Dan are very welcoming and make you feel as at home as possible.

AS Geography StudentAS Geography Student

Excellent coverage of skills and subject knowledge.  Pupils learnt a lot and the exprerience was extremely worthwhile.

Geography teacherA level Geography

Outstanding tutors, knowledgeable and patient.

Head of GeographyGordon's School

Suited the 'A' level course really well – following the syllabus – on both rivers and coasts.

Overall a great centre to do an 'A' level fieldwork course. I recommend this centre.

Geography teacherA level course

"I really enjoyed getting a hands-on experience"

AS Geography StudentColoma School

"The field course was valuable for the help I needed for my own knowledge as well as my academic knowledge.  I enjoyed the different places we visited and being in the beautiful scenery of the Isle of Wight. 
The accomodation was lovely and the hosts were friendly, they made me feel at home."

StudentColoma School

The reason we keep bringing children to do their Geography fieldwork with you is because of the wonderful 'spirit' of the Centre

Deputy HeadTheodor-Huess Realschule, Stuttgart

A massive thank you for the hospitality and the quality of provision for the students … the kids are still really buzzing about the trip

Leader of GeographyAQA Year 12 Field Course

Excellent resources, location and tuition

Geography TeacherEdexcel A level Field Course

A warm and welcoming Centre; looking forward to coming again

Geography Teacher (First visit Nov. 2013)Geography Teacher (First visit Nov. 2013)

An excellent, well-planned fieldwork course.

Head of Geography (Department & Trip Organiser)Head of Geography (Department & Trip Organiser)

All the staff at the Centre were welcoming; the teaching staff passionate and so knowledgeable; will miss the food!

Teaching AssistantA Level Biology Group

The Geography was superb and the hidden curriculum outstanding!

Geography TeacherGeography Teacher

The trip was a huge success.  Medina Valley Centre redesigned their teaching to meet our specific needs.  The teaching was excellent and the commitment to ecology and conservation was outstanding.  We will definitely come again and again and again.  This was our first trip and it exceeded all expectations.  The hosts were warm and welcoming.  The canoeing in November was surprisingly fun too!  On return to school, the pupils referred to the trip as ‘Biology Bootcamp’ but without exception they were grateful for the opportunity to apply ecological concepts in the field and, in this way, further their understanding of a difficult topic.  I would strongly recommend other Biology departments using this centre too.  Using Medina Valley, and working alongside Rachel, has been the best decision I have made since becoming a Head of Department.

Head of BiologyLancing College

Great food, really appreciate the vegetarian and halal arrangements.

A Level Geography StudentA Level Geography

An excellent experience, and looking forward to next year!

Geography TeacherGeography Teacher

The field course helped link lots of different aspects of coasts together, that may been seen as separate in the classroom.

Edexcel GCE Geography TeacherEdexcel GCE Geography Teacher

The best food I have ever had on a school trip – catered so well for everyone.

Geography StudentA level Geography

The field course was really imformative and fun; good mix of classroom work and practical.

StudentOCR Geography Field Course at A2 level

The field course was amazing – I learnt loads and had a great time.

GCE Geography StudentGCE Geography Student

The environment and ethos of the Centre is fabulous, adding to the development and interaction of the students during "down-time", which is much appreciated and a valuable part of the trip.

Biology TeacherBiology Teacher

The food tasted really nice. I’ve never had such good food on a field trip!

StudentKing Alfred's School

A very informative and interesting field course; learned a lot!

StudentKing Alfred's School

The Smart phone is a great extra piece of technology much loved by Edexcel

TeacherA Level Geography

A great field trip experience that I will always remember.

StudentConvent of Jesus and Mary College

The field course was extremely educational however exciting and a breath of fresh air.

StudentConvent of Jesus and Mary College

The field course was very good and relevant to what we needed for our course. Powerpoints and teaching were good and beneficial.

StudentCollingwood College

Using android phones for field work are excellent and a real asset. Very important for exam – GIS.

Member of staffCollingwood College

Super time as usual!

Member of staffJoseph Chamberlain College

The hospitality was excellent! Everyone was really friendly and I felt very comfortable

'A level' studentJoseph Chamberlain College

The course was thoroughly planned and presented excellently; a good balance between classroom theory and fieldwork.

'A level' studentJoseph Chamberlain College

The support provided enabled even the weakest students to produce valid data and interpret what they found.

Member of staffVyners School

Very good field course – good teachers, lots of information and resources and a good beach site.

StudentVyners School

Teaching at MVC is first class

Member of staffMember of staff

Very good quality food – both staff and students loved it.

Member of staffMember of staff

Lovely experience – entertaining free time alongside education

StudentNonsuch High School

The field course was very interesting and had a good balance of lab work and fieldwork

StudentNonsuch High School

Everyone was lovely, really helpful. I was surprised to really enjoy the 'thought for the day'.

StudentSt Pauls Girls School

The fieldwork course was excellent. The content was stretching and challenging whilst matching to our course's requirements.

Member of staffMember of staff

Really welcoming – I love coming here for the company! Thanks for looking after us.

Member of staffMember of staff

Your Centre staff were incredible; the staff on the walk-abouts were exceptionally knowledgeable and passionate about what they did, well focused exercises in really great environments.

StaffGeorge Abbot

Six stars out of five – seriously!

StudentGeorge Abbot

I loved the entire time here, don’t change a thing! (except for making the stay longer)

StudentGeorge Abbot

Best week away from home for ages!!!

StudentTomlinscote

The food was delicious and everyone was very friendly. I enjoyed the excursions and learnt a lot. All in all I’m glad I came.

StudentTomlinscote

Good communication between staff from Medina Valley Centre and students
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StudentHeathfield

Brilliant content in lessons and I have learnt a lot. Lessons out in the field were fun and helped me learn more.

StudentHeathfield

What helped my learning… getting involved and doing a lot of practical work.

StudentSt Edmunds

Nice atmosphere, communal aspect of eating. Excellent tutor, excellent knowledge and focus on A level content and learning objectives.

StaffSt Edmunds

Thank you so much for your brilliant, warm and welcoming hospitality!

StudentTormead School

Great teachers with loads of knowledge, and they were friendly

StudentHurstpierpoint School

There is a good structure to the day

StudentHurstpierpoint School

The teaching was very professional and fun, and I learnt a lot from it all.

StudentThe Towers

The food was delicious, definitely 10 out of 10! Sorry about being the fussy veggie, but the veggie option was gorgeous!

StudentThe Towers

It's pretty, the staff are really friendly and the food is so good!  Come with an open mind and be well equipped for all weather.

StudentSutton High

What helped my learning… being taught by people who are genuinely enthusiastic and interested in the subject.  Also physically doing the sampling techniques as it helps me to remember.

StudentSutton High

Great food, friendly people, very nice place with a good Christian ethos.  Thank you very much!  Thanks to the tutor especially, for guiding us from day to day, organising and entertaining us all day on the trips and filling us with his vast knowledge of the Isle of Wight.  Great trip.

StudentKing Alfred's

Really enjoyed the field work – it was nice to find our own results and do something practical.  Food was great, I tried new things.  Centre workers were all very friendly.

StudentKing Alfred's

The hospitality was great, the food was absolutely delicious. Our teacher was very informative and helpful, he managed to show us a lot of interesting things and helped us understand the course even more. It is the best place to be.

StudentDe Lisle Catholic Science College

Really welcoming, I have been made to feel really comfortable and have been greeted with a smile and have been asked how I was every day.

StudentDe Lisle Catholic Science College
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