First Education & School Travel has been providing a range of unique, all-inclusive residential and day trips for schools since 2008. Take a look here. We deliver high quality, low cost school trips in partnership with a number of well known and respected outdoor adventure and accommodation providers. Our aim is to offer a one-stop shop approach to planning school trips. Our strong connections to schools and other learning establishments continues to grow rapidly year on year.
First Education & School Travel is part of the First Group plc, one of Britain's largest train and bus operators. FirstGroup operates 3 rail franchises and around a fifth of bus services carrying approximately 1.6 million passengers a day. We are a specialised area within the FirstGroup of companies headed up by a small team with over 30 years combined experience of school trips, educational travel and outdoor adventure.
Our stated aim is to provide teachers and group leaders with a less time consuming, stress-free way to organise their school trips and travel. We recognise the time constraints that teachers face in simply carrying out their day-to-day role and we understand that any additional tasks will usually have to be completed in their own time. With this situation in mind, and having seen this issue grow over the last 20 years, our experienced team came up with a formula that ensures that there is more support available to teachers from the outset. in other words our fully-inclusive school trip packages.
Previously to plan a school trip a teacher would need to contact numerous providers just to get the ball rolling. From finding a place to stay, to finding an activity provider and then having to arrange a relaible and compliant coach operator to provide the travel to coincide with the other parties' availability. That's no small task - and that's just for starters! Next would come the process of receiving, signing and returning booking forms and authorising and sending invoice payments from each of these providers at each stage of the booking process. Then would come the whole issue of collating the various risk assessments, safeguarding policies, liability insurance forms, travel confirmations, bed plans, dietary and medical forms etc etc etc Looking at this method now, it's no wonder less experienced teachers found this whole process so daunting.
How we work: When you book your school trip with First Education & School Travel, all you need to do is let us have an outline of what type of trip you are looking for, where you would like to go and when, and for how many pupils and staff. We will then provide a range of options and venues, including the activities available at each and we will include all travel costs and any additional attractions you may wish to include. We then provide you with a set per person price for the WHOLE trip.
Once you confirm your booking, we will send ONE booking form covering every single aspect of the trip and we'll provide you with all the risk assessment and health and safety documentation, we also provide your travel confirmation and timings and send you a group leader pack containing every piece of documentation your Local Authority or EVC may need. It really is that simple!
In addition, and because we are a bonded travel company, each deposit payment you make to us is held in trust until your trip has been delivered - thus meaning your money is always safe. It is a fact that each year there will be a number of schools who will lose sums of money to companies who then go bust taking any deposits paid with them. Booking your trip with us - removes this risk completely.
In summary, we believe that we offer a truly all-inclusive service for schools - please explore our site for more information.