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Residential School Trips

Residential school trips are a great way for students to develop confidence and independence. Visiting new locations and staying away from home will help pupils gain skills, knowledge and life experience that will help them excel inside and outside of the classroom!

Here at NST, we're dedicated to providing residential school trips that nurture the academic and personal growth of students. Whether you want to stay in the UK or venture overseas, we have a selection of residential trips to suit your exact needs.

The benefits of residential school trips for students

Residential school trips provide a wealth of benefits for both primary and secondary school students. This includes:

• Building self-confidence and independence - Students get to experience different environments, giving them the opportunity to do things that they otherwise might not have the courage to try.

Improving academic performance - Taking part in hands-on learning activities gives students the chance to expand their knowledge in alternative ways. This can boost academic performance for those who struggle with classroom learning.

Physical development - Trips to outdoor adventure centres often involve a lot of physical activity, allowing students to try out new sports and stay active. This aids fitness performance while also encouraging sportsmanship and teamwork.

Types of residential trips for schools

NST provides an array of residential trips suitable for KS1 and KS2 students. If you're considering a UK school trip, we offer a range of packages to trip destinations such as London, York, Edinburgh and the Isle of Wight. You'll be able to teach students about the UK's rich history and cultural landmarks, as well as taking part in exciting activities like ice-skating, bowling and sightseeing!

If you'd rather venture overseas, we have a selection of enriching residential trips to popular destinations throughout Europe. Whether it's visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris or taking in the majestic landscape of Lake Garda, your students will be able to immerse themselves in new environments and mix with the locals. This can help students gain a deeper understanding of different cultures and lifestyles, whilst improving their language skills, critical thinking and problem-solving.

Why book a residential trip with us?

Our residential school trips are designed to educate and inspire through exploration, teamwork and fun! From hands-on learning workshops to unforgettable sightseeing tours, there's never a dull moment when you book a school trip with NST. We've been planning residential trips for school groups across the UK for decades. So, there's no request we can't accommodate for.

You'll have our support from the minute you get in touch, as well as throughout your trip and when you get back home. We'll assign you a dedicated NST contact for the entire experience. Whilst you're away, you'll also have unlimited support from our specialist reps - they'll be your local experts and you can get in touch with them 24/7.

We also provide complimentary inspection visits to your chosen destination, so you can be sure it's the best option for your group or class.

Want to learn more about our residential trips for schools? Just call 0845 293 7970 to talk to one of our team of travel specialists. Or take a look at some of our more popular school trips below.

Check out our residential trips below

Chateau d'Ebblinghem

Château d’Ebblinghem is perfect for school groups being set in a rural location just 8km east of St Omer in northern France, and just 45 minutes from the Channel ports.

The centre has four buildings designed with KS1 & KS2 groups in mind all accommodating student and teacher rooms together alongside dedicated dining and teacher areas. Our very on NST accommodation is a great place for young people to come and engage in team building activities, physical education and outdoor learning. 

Find out more information about Château d’Ebblinghem here


School residential trips to London offer young people a valuable new perspective outside of the classroom and a chance to experience the sights, sounds, hustle and bustle of a major global city. The capital also boasts a regular events programme that no other city can match, at least certainly not in the UK.

Find out more information about our London school trips here

Northern France - The Opal Coast

The Opal Coast is the perfect destination for groups seeking to enhance language skills through a range of educational and cultural visits. The area offers a range of seaside resorts, local markets, water and theme parks – so it’s perfect for French language groups to practise and enhance language skills, discover French culture and find time for a spot of group bonding too!

Find more information on our residential trips to the opal coast here


Residential school trips to York provide an incredible learning experience for children of all ages, particularly KS1 & KS2 school groups who are looking to learn more about one of the most iconic Roman cities in the UK.

Rich in ancient history, there seems to be a remarkable attraction at the end of every winding, cobbled street – from York Minster to The Shambles (famed setting of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley). 

Find out more information about our residential trips to York here.


Scotland’s historic capital city provides a unique learning experience for primary and secondary students, filled with quality sights, landmarks and outdoor adventure. That means there’s a lot to consider when planning your ideal school trip to Edinburgh. 

Find more information on our residential trips to Edinburgh here



Isle of Wight

A school trip to the Isle of Wight is an exciting outdoor learning experience for primary school groups looking to explore rural life and enjoy activities outside of the classroom, perhaps for the first time.

Whether it’s exploring medieval castles, watching master craftsman blow decorative glassware or even analysing dinosaur fossils, you’ll certainly never be short of interesting things to do on this outdoor adventure.

Find more information on our residential trips to the Isle of Wight here.

Available at 12 PGL centres 

Restart Adventure is available at 12 PGL centres 

Suitable for KS3 
This new programme is designed to re-connect students with you, each other and with the great outdoors.  

Through our partnership with PGL, the UK's leading outdoor education provider, this exciting new 2-day programme offers fantastic value for money, and is designed to be a fun, uplifting and motivating adventure for your students.


Meet the Experts

Your dedicated Tour Co-ordinator will use their knowledge to create an itinerary that’s tailor-made, perfectly timed and meets your exact school travel needs. They’ll be able to share their first-hand experience, suggest options you might not have considered and give you insight into the feedback other teachers have given us too.

There’s a lot to contend with when travelling abroad, and many teachers find the service of NST’s Representatives invaluable. We can arrange for your representative to meet you on arrival, assist you with hotel check-in, advise on points of interest and public transport and provide your group with 24 hour emergency assistance. With NST, you can be safe in the knowledge that you’ll never be on your own on your school tour.

They’ll also be happy to discuss your programme of visits, offer an insight into your destination and suggest popular evening activities too.

Planning your educational school trip?

If you're planning an educational school trip, our essential guide will take you through each step of the process.


  • Choosing your destination
  • Gaining approval from your Local Authority and/or your Head
  • Promoting your tour in school
  • Confirming your booking
  • Tailor-make your tour
  • Completing your risk assessments (including a sample risk assessment)
  • Quick reference timeline
  • Pre-tour checklist

Additional support, resources & information:

Tour planning service

Tour planning service

With NST, you’ll get your own dedicated, knowledgeable Tour Co-ordinator who’ll work with you from start to finish. You’ll benefit from their unrivalled destination knowledge, and their experience gained from working with many other groups too. They’ll tailor-make your itinerary from scratch and take care of everything for you:

  • Pulling together an itinerary that runs smoothly
  • Planning the right balance of visits every day with realistic timings
  • Pre-arranging and pre-booking your visits, entrance tickets, passes and meals

You’ll receive your final itinerary a full 4-weeks before you travel too.

FREE school trip promotion pack

FREE school trip promotion pack

We’ll support you and provide everything you need to advertise your school trip around school and to parents. Our free school trip promotion pack consists of:

  • Parents’ letter & permission slip template for you to complete
  • A3 posters to promote your trip around school
  • PowerPoint presentation templates which you can tailor to your own needs
  • Parents’ leaflets covering how NST manage safety, financial protection and details of our travel insurance
  • Online parents’ video which showcases the benefits of taking a school trip

For selected destinations, we’ll provide a trip launch web page using video footage and imagery. This web page is provided by a weblink and can be shared with pupils and parents in many ways.

Risk assessment support including preview visits

Risk assessment support including preview visits

Risk assessment plays a vitally important part in the planning and organisation on any school tour.

Our risk assessment guide aims to help you understand more about your obligations and how you can more effectively manage group safety on your next educational visit and provide you with risk assessments for your trip.

Planning first school trip

Planning first school trip

Organising your first school trip can appear to be a daunting process.  If you're planning your first school trip, our guide will help to take you through each step of the planning process, answering frequently asked questions and providing tips and support along the way.  Our helpful guide covers the following: 

  • Choosing your destination 
  • Gaining approval from your Local Authority and/or your Head 
  • Promoting your tour in school 
  • Confirming your booking
  • Tailor-make your tour
  • Completing your risk assessments (including a sample risk assessment) 
  • Quick reference timeline 
  • Pre-tour checklist 

View our essential guide to a successful school trip here

Get live updates on your group's tour location

Get live updates on your group's tour location

Locate My Trip uses GPS technology and is the easy, convenient way for your school to follow your location whilst on tour. Specifically designed to provide reassurance to both parents and teachers, NST will know where your group are 24/7. If your schedule needs to change, we’ll put plans in place to keep your tour on track. 

With Locate My Trip your group can also share photos and videos with the school and parents, via a secure link, to keep them updated on your experience whilst you’re away.

Watch our short Locate My Trip video here.

Your online school trip organiser - My Tour Manager

Your online school trip organiser - My Tour Manager

Save time and stay on track with your school trip admin with our online orgnaniser - designed to help busy teachers like you. 

With My Tour Manager, you'll be able to download FREE resources and access trip paperwork online and in one place. Your personalised checklist details what you need to do and by when, plus you'll receive fortnightly reminders too. 

What's more, you can take all your trip documents on the go whilst on your tour with our app, My Tour Manager-On-the-Go. 

Find out more and watch out short My Tour Manager video here

Free classroom resources

Free classroom resources

We've created a range of free resources and educational posters to brighten up your classroom! 

Take a look at our downloadable posters here

Why choose NST...

Here's why thousands of teachers choose NST each year...

  • Unrivalled knowledge

Your dedicated Tour Co-ordinator will use their unrivalled local knowledge and expertise to create a tailor-made, curriculum-linked itinerary to meet your group’s exact needs.

  • Making it easier for you

With our online school trip organisertravel appfree classroom posters and trip launch resources to support your in-school promotion.

  • Free group leader inspection visits

We offer a free inspection visit to your chosen destination to support your risk assessment planning. 

  • Value for money

We’re committed to bringing you the best possible value trips to help make every penny count.

  • More than 50 years’ experience

With over 50 years’ experience, with NST you can rest assured that your group is in safe hands.

  • Risk assessment guidance

Our risk assessment guidance will help you to manage group safety on your next educational trip.

  • Peace of mind

Your group’s location can be followed with our trip tracking device - Locate My Trip - plus you’ll have 24/7 support from us whilst you’re away.

  • Offsetting carbon emissions

For every trip taken, we'll plant a Maya nut tree in Peru to support reforestation, local communities & biodiversity. Plus, we'll offset an additional tonne of CO2 to guarantee carbon emission reductions. 


Looking for protection on your next school trip? 

Booking with a school travel company is the best way for you to protect parents’ money and give yourself peace of mind.  


Don’t forget – if your school arranges transport, accommodation and other services directly, you’ll be liable under the Package Travel Regulations – meaning you’ll have all the responsibilities of a travel company, both legal and financial. 


Financial protection from the moment you book

NST are fully bonded:

  • ABTA
  • ATOL
  • IATA

Managing safety on school trips

For your protection, NST's independently audited Safety Management System covers:

  • 24-hour emergency cover
  • Audited accommodation & transport
  • Excursions & school visit assessment
  • Group leader preview visits to assist with risk assessment planning

We're LOtC Council’s Quality Badge assured

The Department for Education advises schools to always look for the LOtC Quality Badge when choosing a school travel provider.