School trips to Isle of Wight

A short ferry ride from the UK mainland, a school trip to the Isle of Wight is an exciting learning experience for primary school groups looking to explore rural life outside of the classroom, perhaps for the first time.

The island itself offers a wide range of enjoyable educational activities geared towards children in KS2. 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.

We help to plan bespoke itineraries that offer unrivalled knowledge and expertise of the local area, as well as providing free educational resources to support the learning of your pupils. NST also provide first class coach transportation at each stage of your journey, as well as full board accommodation and group travel insurance.

If you’re looking for more information or free advice, get in touch with one of our expert travel advisors today. We have been organising primary school trips to the Isle of Wight for over 50 years!

Learn more about our Isle of Wight school trips

Primary School Trips

Primary school trips

The Isle of Wight offers a range of educational visits covering topics as far reaching as rainforest environments and archaeological ruins.

Learn more about our primary school trips to the Isle of Wight here.

Isle of Wight highlights - our groups love...

Osborne House
 

Osborne House
Built for Queen Victoria in 1845 as a country retreat, this house was later presented to the nation by Edward VIII on his accession to the throne. There are plenty of aspects to keep pupils entertained, from the chance to explore the Royal & State Apartments, understand the culture and fashions of the Victorian era, or even ride a horse-drawn carriage to the Swiss Cottage.

Brading Roman Villa
 

Brading Roman Villa
This is a fine example of a Roman courtyard villa, and the type owned by the wealthiest of Roman Britons. Spend time exploring an archaeological site, marvel over real Roman artefacts and the magnificent mosaic floors, and consider the costs and benefits of restoring a site of historical interest.

Alum Glass Bay Studio
 

Alum Glass Bay Studio
Here you can see table and decorative glassware in the process of being free blown and formed. No moulds are used and, consequently, no two pieces are identical in any way.

Shipwreck Museum
 

Shipwreck Museum
At the Shipwreck Centre your pupils will see artefacts from the golden age of shipwrecks, pirates, and diving for treasure. You’ll view the famous pirate silver "Pieces of Eight" and Spanish gold recovered from the mystical underwater world around the coast, along with fascinating antique diving equipment used by the early divers.

Amazon World
 

Amazon World
Recreate the story of the rainforest from discovery, through near destruction, and hopeful recovery. Pupils will have the chance to pet and feed some of the 200 animals and understand the importance of conserving our plant and animal habitats. A fun aspect of this visit is ‘The Tomb’, a recreation of an ancient Mayan burial chamber which is home to giant fruit bats, kinkajous, slow loris and an anaconda.

Isle of Wight school trip experts

Hundreds of primary school groups travel with NST to the Isle of Wight every year, and members of our team regularly visit to really get to know the ins-and-outs of the area, from logistics and visits to our range of pupil-friendly accommodation.

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.

Planning your first school trip?

If you're planning your first 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 your first school trip

Planning your 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 tour group's location

Get live updates on your tour group's location

NST's new trip tracker, Locate My Trip, is the easy, convenient way for your school to follow your group's location whilst on tour.

Our app has been specifically designed to provide reassurance to both parents and teachers.

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 organiser, travel app, FREE classroom posters and trip launch resources to support in-school promotion.

  • Risk assessment guidance

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • More than 50 years’ experience

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

 

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 are LOtC Council's Quality Badge assured

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