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Top Tips For Organising a School Coach Trip

We all remember how exciting and magical it was to go on a school trip. Running home with your permission slip and making sure it's the first thing your parents saw when you burst through the front door. The anticipation on the day of what was in your packed lunch box, who you would sit next to on the coach and what song you would sing along the way.

School coach trips are a great way to get pupils out of the classroom to learn and unwind in a different environment. Students are able to have the freedom to explore and experience historical landmarks first hand and are not only ideal for boosting the energy and motivation of pupils, but they also give teachers a great sense of satisfaction and enjoyment which in the long run makes for happier learning. Although we all thoroughly enjoyed our school outings, the coach ride is where it would always begin. So why should today be any different?

Organising a school coach trip can be burdensome and tiring, more so if you book with the wrong company, adding unnecessary stress to an already difficult job. However, booking through us is a simple and pleasurable experience. Our team will assist you with your booking process every step of the way, ensuring that you only book what you need. For example, If you have a class of 15 people attending a school trip, we would not send and charge you for a coach that seats 57 people.

Our eco-friendly drivers conduct research to ensure they take the best and shortest possible route to get you to your destination. We believe in being green and helping the environment as much as possible.

Although booking a school trip sounds pretty straightforward and fuss-free, a lot has to be organised and arranged to ensure everything goes to plan. There are a few critical factors to remember when booking a coach trip to make sure that your trip runs smoothly. We consider these the most important key points when organising a school coach trip.

School Trip Coach Hire Check List

  1. Make sure you know your numbers - how many pupils are travelling? Remember to include teachers and other helpers.

  2. Take into account any disabilities and particular needs of any attending the trip to ensure your choice of coach has all facilities needed. We can check this during the booking process.

  3. Agree on a departure time and make sure everyone is informed. It is a good idea to tell all pupils and staff to arrive 30 minutes before the coach leaves to allow everyone to be counted and seated.

  4. Ensure all permission slips are returned and signed and that everybody has any documentation and medication (inhalers, insulin) that they may need.

  5. About 1 in 5 people in the UK suffer from car sickness, so it helps to chat to pupils beforehand if taking a long journey and asking them to bring any remedies they feel may help. Most benefit from sitting near an open window during the drive.

Our coaches travel to some of the most popular and educational school trip destinations, including; Lyme Park, Shakespeare’s globe theatre and Stockport Air Raid Shelters, to name a few.

We are also on hand for the more leisurely school trips such as; Alton Towers, Chester Zoo, farms and nature reserves. Whatever the purpose of your visit, Coach Hire Direct will ensure you get there safely, happy and on time.

Our family-run business has been in operation for over 40 years, with customer service and experience being our main priority. In this time, we have never let any of our clients down. Our 100% 5-star reviews on Trustpilot only gives a small insight into the high standard service we provide. Our drivers all hold valid UK driving licences and receive regular training, including first aid, so you know your group is in safe hands with us.

As a family-run business, we understand the importance of everything being in sync from the first meeting time to the final return time. We operate a tightly run ship and pride ourselves on our communication and dedication to every trip. We’re able to offer realistic schedules, and necessary service stops for those longer journeys.

We won't be beaten on price or luxury, and in fact, we refuse to be beaten! We clean our coaches to the highest standard in between clients, both inside and out, and assess for any damage or repairs, making sure there are no nasty surprises for you and your pupils when you climb on board. All our vehicles have a five-star safety rating and undergo regular checks and maintenance. Every vehicle is required to pass an annual MOT test and a visual inspection before and after every trip to identify and address any issues. All of our drivers receive training and are able to spot a fault and act appropriately to resolve any problems.

Customer service is of great importance to us here at Coach Hire Direct. We go above and beyond for all our clients from the first hello to the very last goodbye. We pride ourselves on our customer approach, and our glowing reviews on Trustpilot show just how dedicated and experienced our workforce is to you and your trip. Our trained experts are on hand to answer any queries you may have and resolve any conflict or issues with the highest standard of professionalism and understanding.

Get in touch with a member of our friendly team today for your no-obligation free quote. We will discuss everything that is going to happen on the day and offer some key tips that we think are essential when organising a school coach trip. Our team are on hand to help you find the perfect transportation for your trip at an unbeatable price.

Choosing the right coach hire company is essential when planning any school trip. Guardians, pupils and schools need to know their children are in safe and capable hands, and with Coach Hire Direct we can guarantee this is exactly what you get.


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