No matter what you’re studying, there are plenty of fascinating study locations around the world which can truly enrich your students’ learning experience. One asset many teachers don’t make the most of however, are the fantastic teaching resources located right here in the UK. The UK’s capital, London, is home to some of the world’s most revered museums, peppered with incredible historical landmarks and even lays claim to one of the best theatre hubs in the world, the West End.
To ensure your school gets as much as possible out of a school trip to London, here at WST we can guide you through the whole process. From helping you decide on the best study locations for your students to highlighting the whole range of experiences available at your fingertips, here are a few reasons why you should choose us to arrange your next London school trip.
“The trip was absolutely fantastic from start to finish! The students loved it and I can’t fault it on any count. The staff at WST and throughout the trip have been unanimously helpful and polite and I will definitely be booking again with WST and highly recommend them to all teachers thinking of planning an overnight stay. 10 out of 10!”
King Edward & Queen Mary’s School, London
Here are WST, we are proud to say that we were recently named Best School Tour Operator 2016/17 at the inaugural School Travel Awards. On top of this, we also once again achieved a Customer Service Excellence award at the British Youth Travel Awards, highlighting our desire to continuously offer an impeccable service as a school travel provider.
But what do these awards actually mean? Well, at WST we design our whole school tour process with you in mind. We hold all the trade body licences, including ATOL, ABTA, STF and LOtC, adhere to a rigorous code of practice and safety management standards, meeting DFE guidelines, and we have specialist staff who are fully trained auditors. This means when booking with us, you can rest assured that the safety of you and your students is always our priority.
We also provide a 24-hour emergency response cover, so that should any issues arise during your trip, we’re always on hand to offer you expert advice and our experienced tour consultants can make alternative arrangements.
Booking your school trip to London
“Absolutely brilliant, as it was last year. The pupils had a wonderful London experience that wouldn’t have happened without the help and planning given by Kerrie. The whole weekend worked like clockwork and I can’t thank Kerrie enough for the planning and care she puts in to make it so. It was an absolute joy to be in London with 40 pupils for the weekend.”
The Snaith School, London
Right from the word go, we are always on hand to offer you support arranging your school trip to London. You’ll first be put in touch with one of our subject specialists, who will expertly design a school trip tailored to your students, matching your exact learning objectives.
Louise’s top tip: "If you let me know which syllabus you are following, I can help you choose the best study visits to enhance your London experience."
From there, our team of proficient tour consultants will plan and book every aspect of your itinerary on your behalf. They’ll be on-hand throughout the whole process, arranging your accommodation, transport, study and cultural visits, and payments.
Finally, you can go over all the finer details with our expert consultants, who have first-hand experience of the destinations they specialise in. We can arrange your London school trip’s itinerary to be as full or as free as you need, allowing you to utilise your own knowledge of the area if you’re in familiar surroundings.
“Anyone reading this needs to know that every aspect of the trip was dealt with efficiently and fantastically. The whole trip ran like clockwork and made it so much more an enjoyable experience as we were not constantly thinking what if something goes wrong? Every member of staff we dealt with gave 100% and were truly magnificent. A massive thank you to you all.”
St Swithuns Catholic Primary School, London
London has plenty to offer students across a whole range of subjects, with numerous attractions to explore. We’ve picked out some of our favourites to inspire your next London school trip.
The West End
Showcasing some of the best theatre performances on Earth, the West End is a hive of activity. Watching some of our most iconic musical adaptions brought to life on stage is an unmissable experience for those looking to pursue a career in theatre. There are also plenty of brilliant workshops to choose from, allowing pupils to put their own skills into practice.
Nici’s top tip: "Many of the West End shows have education packs which offer some really useful teaching ideas for before, during and after your visit to a show. We’ll send you these packs to download."
One of Britain’s most iconic landmarks, Shakespeare’s Globe is a must-visit for any English and English literature or drama and performing arts students. Bringing the works of the Bard to life in the replica of their original setting, the Globe is home to a multitude of resources to enhance your students’ learning, including enthralling exhibitions, workshops and live theatre productions.
Louise’s top tip: "If you only have a small group of students, try teaming up with other departments in the school to boost your numbers."
The Science Museum
Bursting with world-famous artefacts, including the Apollo 10 command capsule, Stephenson’s Rocket and featuring multiple captivating interactive galleries, it’s not surprising that London’s Science Museum is the most visited science and technology museum in Europe. Let your students explore the vast array of brilliant exhibitions, sure to spark their interest further about their studies.
Rachel’s top tip: "London has a huge range of museums and galleries which offer free entry to students, so it really is a great option to inspire your students when you’re on a budget."
The Tower of London
An unforgettable experience for budding historians, the Tower of London is one of the capital’s most famous landmarks. Boasting a gripping and bloodthirsty history, students can uncover the stories of the many famous prisoners who resided there, including Anne Boleyn and Guy Fawkes, learn about the ancient torture methods and even catch a glimpse of the Crown Jewels.
“Carole and the team at WST have once again been exceptional. Even if another tour operator offered a slightly lower price, I would still opt for WST because of the quality of the service offered.”
Runshaw College, London
If you’d like WST to arrange an unforgettable school trip to London for your students, get in touch with one of our school travel consultants on 0370 218 6301 today who will be happy to help.