YMCA Winchester House, Sandown Road, Shanklin.
An introduction to YMCA Winchester House
YMCA Isle of Wight has been providing school and groups trips in a safe, welcoming and stimulating environment at Winchester House in Shanklin since 2004. Each year, over 3,000 children, young people and adults stay in the spacious accommodation with sweeping views from some wings of the main house across Hope Bay on the south east coast of the island.Contact us
to check availability and pricing for YMCA Winchester House. Remove from Planner
In our opinion...
The perfect environment for children on their first trips away from their families. Winchester House offers groups an easily accessible base coupled with comfortable, clean
accommodation. Our friendly, approachable staff team are on hand to support your group
and offer advice and guidance if needed.
Don't just take our word for it! Read Reviews from previous group leaders...
Things you'll need to bring...
Everything you need will be provided, apart from:
- Towels (students only)
Accommodation Details - YMCA Winchester House
The MAXIMUM group size at YMCA Winchester House is 120 students, plus supervising adults.
The MINIMUM group size accepted at YMCA Winchester House is 20 students.
Bedroom layouts at Winchester House vary from single and twin to multi-bedded rooms, many
equipped with a washbasin. Main shower and toilet areas are conveniently situated in each
of three wings of the house.
There are two en-suite leaders' rooms available. Tea and coffee making facilities are provided in rooms occupied by teachers.
EXCLUSIVE USE POSSIBLE
This facility may be hired exclusively.
Exclusive use would mean your group would have the whole facility to themselves.
Additional cost may be incurred with exclusive hire depending on group size.
As children require a balanced diet to maintain their energy levels, our catering staff plan
meals with the National Nutritional Standards in mind using fresh produce when available,
while offering menu choices, where possible, to ensure the dietary expectations of the
group are met.
The overall aim of these nutritional guidelines for meals is to contribute to a diet that
contains the following:
- A high proportion of bread, cereals and other starchy foods
- Daily recommendations of fresh fruit and vegetables
- Low amounts of saturated and non-saturated fats, sugar and salt
- Appropriate vitamins and minerals
Menus are designed to provide the necessary nutrients for the children who visit us rather than the supervising adults. We provide homemade meals, which may present a
challenge to those children who are not used to freshly cooked meals. All meals are cooked without added fats or salt. The only fried items are potato products and popadoms, with all other products either steamed, oven baked, hob cooked or grilled.
Winchester House is a large cliff-top building in extensive grounds with lots of space for activities of various types.
Internally there is plenty of recreational space and lots of pastimes. A large classroom / activity room is available by prior reservation with capacity for at least 100, and outside of mealtimes the canteen area can be made available for lessons or instruction.
The adjoining chapel is crammed full of leisure activities including a pool table, table football, piano, large stage with PA and some lighting, etc.
Above all else, this facility is relaxed about having lots of noisy children on site with no close neighbours to worry about!
Security and Segregation at YMCA Winchester House
Groups have exclusive access to their allocated wing(s). Teachers are provided with master keys for all the rooms in their wing(s) and bedroom doors cannot be latched closed. Wings are designed to allow segregation by sex.
The main front door and all wings of the House are fitted with key pad security locks, the codes for which are changed regularly and will be given to the group leader upon arrival.
The Duty Manager will carry out a security check, which includes making sure all public
area exterior doors and windows are secure and inform the Group leader upon completion. A full security brief will be included in your induction meeting upon arrival at the House and the Duty Manager's name and mobile number will be given to your group leader.
To ensure that groups are aware of what to do in the event of a fire, a practice fire drill will be held on the day of your arrival.
An Access Statement is available for YMCA Winchester House - see the "Docs" section above. If your specific requirements are not covered in this document, let us know as we can help you assess or arrange an inspection visit for you.
There are no wheelchair accessible/equipped rooms at YMCA Winchester House.
DISCLAIMER: The above information is provided in good faith and was accurate at the time of publication. If you have specific accessibility requirements, let us know and we will endeavour to obtain the details you require. Alternatively, we can help arrange an inspection visit.
Ask a question...
Have a question about YMCA Winchester House that's not answered here?
Ask one of our experts!
GROUP LEADER FEEDBACK
Don't just take our word for it! Here's some verified feedback from previous group visits...Lorraine Webb, SEND Teacher | 09/05/2016 | 12 x Upper KS2
""They get it" ! We felt so at home there and so well catered for. They understood our ever-changing needs and were so patient with things like wet beds and changed sleeping arrangements and weird and wonderful diets and we didn't feel a nuisance at all. The food was good and well tailored to the children's needs. When we got stuck indoors due to the weather for a couple of hours, they came and suggested we use some of the day camp play equipment. We awarded them our "Certificate of Awesomeness". "
NB: Documents provided by YMCA Winchester House and reproduced in good faith. Education Destination does not warrant that these documents are the most up-to-date or that they are fit for purpose.