About NST

Who we are and what we do

For young people, teachers, group leaders and parents, NST is the UK’s educational travel company. We’ve been creating school trips in the UK, Europe and worldwide which educate, inspire and enable children to develop a sense of independence for almost 50 years.

Our vision is to have a lasting, positive impact on the development of young people by delivering educational experiences which expand horizons, unlock potential and create positive memories.

Every day, our focus is upon being the easiest tour operator to deal with, delighting our customers with our experience, knowledge and passion.

In the beginning...

Back in 1967, Vin Craven, a former Maths teacher, founded a travel company which provided coach tours for schools in the north of England. The business grew rapidly over the years – as did our experience and expertise. NST gradually began to service schools across the UK, and in 1992, we began to offer air tours.

Fast forward to today...

Today, we are a leading force in the world of school travel, creating school trips which are tailor-made to support groups in getting the very most out of their time away.

Our study tours for high schools and colleges cover over 15 secondary school subjects, and our school trips for primary groups cater for around 10 areas of the primary curriculum. We take over 100,000 children away to more than 50 secondary-friendly and primary-friendly school visit destinations across the world each year – so you can have every confidence in us.

We’re part of the Holidaybreak travel group which is owned by Cox and Kings Limited – one of the oldest and most recognised travel operators in the world and based in India.

Our people

At the heart of our success are our people. Quite simply, no-one goes further to bring education to life.

Our people are the life blood of our organisation – it’s their ideas, commitment, knowledge and enthusiasm that helps us deliver market leading school visit experiences to our customers time and time again.

We employ over 130 people in our Blackpool head office, from Educational Tour Co-ordinators to health & safety professionals. A lot goes in to creating a tour, and each and every one of our team members are passionate about the part they play in providing the very best experiences for school groups.

Find out more

To find out more about NST, take a look around our website.

Why NST – Find out what makes us different

Trips – Learn about the amazing trips we create for our groups

Support – From safety to financial protection, find out how we support our groups

Resources – Download our free resources

Work for us – Learn more about working at NST and our current vacancies

Working in the global community - Please download our Modern Slavery Statement 2016/17 for information about our approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and the steps we will take to prevent slavery and human trafficking. Previous years' statements can be found here