How Safe are WST School Trips?

2 October 2015

Whether planning a school day trip or a longer experience we have many years’ experience of providing coach hire to schools to facilitate their off-site educational trips.

With more than 400 years combined experience in the school travel industry the team here at WST are proud of our safety conscious environment and proactively review and improve our safety procedures.

We also have the experience and knowledge to recommend the most suitable transport providers for your age of students and your learning objectives. We hold all the trade body licences including ATOL, ABTA, STF and LOtC so you can be confident that your trip is safe in our hands.

At WST safe travel is our priority, along with getting groups where they want to go reliably and in comfort. As a School Travel Forum member we adhere to the following:

  • All coach companies must complete a safety audit prior to use.
  • All coach companies which have five or more groups are subject to an on-site audit, with audits renewed every 3 years.
  • At WST we have specialist staff who are fully trained auditors.
  • All coach companies must sign and return a contract.
  • STF (The School Travel Forum) state that coaches should be no older than eight years old. 
  • At WST we ask for coaches which are no more than five years old.
  • WST ask that all drivers have been CRB checked.
  • At WST we also endeavor to give all coach drivers single rooms when they are part of a two man crew. 

Our policies include keeping overnight journeys to a minimum and ensuring coach drivers are fully rested and fit to drive before any journey is taken by providing them with single room accommodation. All coach companies that we work with both in the UK and overseas will have completed our standard audit.

As part of delivering our exceptional tours, we also regularly check the news for travel updates making coach drivers aware of anything that could affect their journey time for example weather or traffic conditions. All our coach drivers are also aware of local port regulations and alerts and ensure that all boots and lockers are locked before departure and remain so throughout the trip for additional safety. 

Along with ensuring your pupils have a pleasant journey our coach drivers also provide peace of mind for teachers by carrying out passenger counts when boarding and departing the coach.

WST is a school travel company that is passionate about enhancing student’s learning through experience. For more information, please contact our team.

"Jenny liaised with SLT at school and was fabulous in rescheduling everything due to the ferry strike. She deserves a medal or more!!"
St Francis College, Le Touquet

"Our outgoing flight was delayed and this meant that the coach at Berlin and all our activities for the first day had to be re-scheduled. Helen and Nikki were extremely responsive and all the logistics had been solved by the time we got to Berlin. This was a stressful situation for us but was made much easier with their calm assistance."
Graveney School, Berlin

"Flight was cancelled due to fire at FCO Airport. Within one hour WST had arranged alternative hotel, meal and breakfast and sent all vouchers etc. to our hotel. This was exceptional service."
St Columba’s High School, Rome