Who are we?

First Education & School Travel is a specialist area within FirstGroup Plc, one of UK's largest bus and train operators. We have been providing a range of unique, all-inclusive residential visits and day trips for schools for over a decade. Take a look here. We are a small team with over 30 years experience in delivering school trips, outdoor adventure residentials and travel for all kinds of educational establishments.

Our aim is to provide a service which takes the stress and time out of arranging residential visits offering a one-stop shop for school trip packages. So with one call, you can do it all. Our wide range of residentials are delivered ALL YEAR ROUND and are inclusive of coach travel, accommodation, meals and activities. By taking your trip outside of the main season you can save a good deal of money for the parents without losing any of the quality from within the package. All our school packages are high in quality whenever they are taken.

We work with a large number of partner providers around the UK to offer the best choice of sites and activities, all working to LOtC guidelines. Choose any of our venues and visit all year round, taking advantage of November to April period when there is greater availability and considerably lower costs.

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.

What makes us different?

  • We run trips all year round - low season + low cost
  • We are experienced in delivering inspiring and positive experiences for pupils
  • We are fully bonded in line with package travel regulations - so your money is always safe with us!
  • Our approach is to offer a truly all-inclusive option for whatever type of trip you choose to take
  • We take costs very seriously BUT without compromising on quality and safety.
  • Our advisors are knowledgable and experienced - attention to detail is embedded in what we do.
  • Our range of residential visits are suitable for all age groups and content is designed to meet the requirements of National Curriculum and the Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland.

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!