School Travel

SAFETY

Safety is, of course, an absolute priority, and our team will go the extra mile to look after the health and safety of everyone that travels with us.

Below, you can read more about: Financial Security through the CAA and ABTA; our Safety Management System, which covers all of the key aspects of organising a school trip; and our membership of the School Travel Forum (STF).

We also undertake regular reviews of our health and safety procedures internally, monitor our suppliers’ standards, and expect them to share the same safety ethos as us.

Finally, we have collated some useful links to Government and other websites.

Financial Protection – ATOL

All the flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it.

Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate.

The CAA has a page dedicated to advice for Financial Protection on School Trips.

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Financial Protection – ABTA

All other bookings are protected through the ABTA bond scheme. We are a Member of ABTA, membership number Y4983.

ABTA’s website (www.abta.com) contains a lot of advice for travellers, including when booking group travel.

ABTA’s Twitter feed: @ABTAtravel

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Safety Management System

We are justifiably proud of our safety record and satisfaction ratings. Our Safety Management System covers key aspects of organising a school trip, including:

  • Safety audits of accommodation
  • Safety audits of coaches and regulation of drivers hours
  • 24-hour emergency assistance available during your trip
  • Comprehensive travel insurance
  • Financial security through ABTA and ATOL
  • Teacher inspection visits
  • All Coach Drivers are fully DBS checked
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Memberships & Accreditations

We are an assured member of the School Travel Forum, a trade body dedicated to promoting best practice and safety in school travel. All full members of the STF adhere to a rigorous code of practice and safety management standards and are externally verified each year by independent Health and Safety consultants.

All our procedures are in line with the Department for Education (DfE) requirements and our Health and Safety policy covers all aspects of safety on your trip.

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Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge

The School Travel Company was the first operator to achieve the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge Award. The Quality Badge scheme provides a national accreditation, combining the essential elements of provision “learning and safety” into one easily recognisable and trusted award.

One of the quality indicators of the Badge is that we have safety management processes in place to manage risks effectively. The Government’s ‘Health and Safety of Learners Outside the Classroom’ consultation paper makes it very clear that “for more complex offsite visits the Quality Badge scheme helps you use accredited providers – you needn’t risk assess what’s offered by holders of a Quality Badge”.

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Useful links

Here are some links to Government and other websites that you may find useful.  Please Note: We are not responsible for the content of these third-party sites.

Government

Outdoor Education Advisors Panel

Health

  • Travel Aware – www.gov.uk
  • Global Health Insurance Card, or GHIC (formerly the EHIC) – www.nhs.uk

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