• RLSS Drowning Prevention – Water Safety Education Never Stops

    Following on from June’s RLSS drowning prevention week, we asked Woodrow’s Swimming Teachers and Lifeguards the following questions: Why is water safety so important? Swimming is a life skill; we are around water all the time and even having a basic level of swimming skills can then help you in a dangerous situation Water safety […]

  • RLSS Drowning Prevention Week: Hannah & Sophie’s Top Tips

    Starting in May, through the summer, the risk to the public through accidental drowning increases significantly. From the 17th of June to 25th of June 2023, the RLSS are highlighting water safety as part of RLSS drowning prevention week. The campaign is designed to explore a multitude of opportunities to proactively raise awareness of water […]

  • Press Release: The Duke of Edinburgh visits historic outdoor centre as part of youth charity patronage

    His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh visited Woodrow High House, one of London Youth’s outdoor residential centres, as part of his patronage of the charity.   Woodrow High House is a grade II listed manor house in the Chilterns, steeped in history dating back to the 1600s. It was likely built mid-17th century, with notable residents including the […]

  • Lockdown: One Year On – Evie

    It’s been over a year since we closed our doors at Woodrow High House. A year since I set up my make-shift desk in my bedroom, and a year since my solar-powered calculator stopped working (I’ve since moved into the new realm of ‘digital’ calculators!). At that time, never did I imagine we’d be running […]

  • Lockdown: One Year On – Mark

    Spring has always been a positive part of the year for me. It’s the beginning of warmer weather, the clocks go back so the garden can be enjoyed more after a hard days work, and the plants and animals that have hunkered down for so long during the coldness, now start to wake up and […]

  • Lockdown: One Year On – Zack

    “I am Zack, a member of the youth board at London Youth. Nature as a whole has always had, and continues to have, a great impact on me. As you can imagine, I volunteer at a Surrey Docks Farm! One of the many disadvantages that the COVID-19 pandemic presented is that opportunities to go out […]

  • Back to Nature – Outdoor Classroom Day

    A few months ago, I wrote about Why Outdoor Learning Matters, reflecting on the importance and impact of high-quality outdoor learning experiences for children and young people. Since 1946, Woodrow High House has welcomed thousands of young people each year from schools and youth groups onto our site, with our busiest period peaking during the […]

  • Finding the Balance – Outdoor Classroom Day

    For the last few weeks, like many of us, I’ve been engaged in the challenging, head-spinning world of combining a working week with home-schooling our children. And I’ve learned a lot. It’s why that short opening paragraph contains a fronted adverbial, alliteration, metaphor, and an expanded noun phrase. Please go back and underline all the […]

  • #TwoPointSixChallenge: 26 Minutes Outdoors

    Did you know, being outdoors for just 15 minutes can have a positive impact on your mental health? So, as we’re currently taking part in the #TwoPointSixChallenge, I decided to spend 26 minutes outdoors for 2.6 days (okay, it was three). Nearly double the daily dose of feel good vibes can’t be bad for you, […]

  • Emma’s Swimming Tips – Part 3: Practice Makes Perfect

    Another important part of learning to swim involves your child being comfortable on their back with the water surrounding their head. Start helping them get familiar with this feeling by running a very shallow bath and have them lay back. You could even try putting your hand behind their head to give them extra security. […]