Secondary: Why Us?

Why should you choose MVC?

  • Our location at the heart of the beautiful Isle of Wight, ensuring quick and easy access to the whole Island
  • Our site alongside the beautiful tidal section of the River Medina
  • Our outstanding staff, including highly experienced teachers and outdoor instructors
  • Our caring, friendly and welcoming resident host
  • Our track record on safety and professionalism
  • Our AALA approved status and our affiliation to the Institute for Outdoor Learning
  • Our fully equipped classrooms, specialist fieldwork equipment and our experience with ArcGIS
  • Our delicious home cooking, and our attention to special dietary requirements
  • Our passion for ‘living life in all its fullness’, motivated by our Christian faith
We have over 40 years experience of being involved in environmental and outdoor education. We also have an RYA recognised sailing school, and offer kayaking, canoeing and raft-building sessions. Staff from the schools that have ‘discovered’ the Medina Valley Centre return year after year, bringing groups of young people in the knowledge that they will have an exceptional and memorable educational experience.


  • Risk Assessments are available for all the field study programmes and multi-activity courses that we run
  • Field tutors and instructors are First Aid Trained and carry a first aid kit with them at all times
  • All external doors have key-codes to open, and fire door exits are clearly indicated


  • Field Study Tutors include fully qualified teachers, carrying out local research and consultancy
  • All staff are CRB/DBS checked
  • A dedicated host lives on site providing pastoral support, running evening activities and general problem-solving
  • Our team of activity instructors live on site and make a positive contribution to all aspects of Centre life
  • Sailing instructors are RYA trained


  • Classrooms fully equipped with relevant textbooks and specialist fieldwork equipment
  • ArcGIS
  • A fleet of fifty boats – including dinghies, canoes and kayaks


  • The Centre is located alongside the beautiful River Medina
  • Close to Newport, the capital and retailing & commercial centre of the Island
  • The central location on the Island gives quick and easy access to all field sites on the Island
  • Exclusive access to nearby woodlands and fields, and a pond within the Centre grounds
  • Centre grounds are managed to increase biodiversity and provide a range of important ecological habitats

Environmental Ethos

  • The Centre strives to be environmentally responsible in all aspects of operation, keeping our environmental footprint to a minimum.

What are the benefits of a residential course at the Medina Valley Centre?

  • Full board and accommodation
  • Access to a full range of specialised field equipment not usually available to schools
  • Access to well equipped teaching rooms and laboratories
  • Access to paper and ICT resources, including ArcGIS
  • Access to long-term secondary data sets, built up over many years
  • Expert tuition by fully qualified and experienced staff
  • 24 hour support when onsite from our resident host
  • Access to risk assessments
  • Access to resources that have been developed by Centre staff that are particularly relevant to the field sites
  • Discounted places for visiting staff
  • E-mail support before and after the course (on request)
  • Being valued as an individual with unique gifts and limitless potential
  • Experiencing God’s love through the quality of care afforded to each individual
At the Medina Valley Centre we believe that community values and experiences are vital! Our staff spend time getting to know all the groups who come to the Centre. We regularly hear in feedback that the Centre “has a wonderful family atmosphere” and we strive to ensure that groups leave the Island having had a valuable educational experience, but also with enhanced self-confidence through being valued and cared for by the whole team.