European Study Tours is an Assured Member of the School Travel Forum
The School Travel Forum is a group of leading school tour operators who promote good practice and safety in school travel. As Assured Members of the STF we adhere to a rigorous Code of Practice and Safety Management Standards which are fully audited annually by independent experts and exactly matches the Department for Education’s and Scottish Executive’s recommendations for educational trips.
In booking with European Study Tours you can be secure in the knowledge that we:
Understand and facilitate the needs of educational travel
Have effective Safety management Systems in place, specifically focused on travelling with young students
Offer fair terms and conditions and the best financial protection
STF membership is the benchmark for good school tour providers; consequently, it is an Awarding Body for the prestigious Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge. Being awarded this badge is your guarantee that we offer high quality teaching and learning experiences, and manage safety on school visits effectively.
The Outdoor Education Advisors Panel (OEAP) endorses the Quality Badge and requests Local Authorities to recommend the use of Badged Providers and require the minimum of additional paperwork where Quality Badge accreditation is in place.
This means that you can book your trip with confidence, meet your due diligence and reduce the amount of External Provider paperwork necessary.
EST travel insurance is included as standard on EST tours, unless otherwise stated. Our insurance has been tailor-made to match the activities provided by EST and to provide additional cover and protection for schools, colleges and groups.
Arranging your own travel insurance
There are many different travel insurance policies available, and you are welcome to make your own arrangements. We would, however, ask that you check the cover carefully to ensure that it meets your needs and provide us with details of your insurer. Please be aware that the cost of your trip will not change.
Insurance policy documents
As with any insurance, it is important that you read the policy document to check it is suitable for all members of your group. We recommend you include links to the insurance documents in any letters to parents or pre-booking presentations, so that parents, other teachers and group leaders travelling can also ensure the cover is correct for their child and themselves.
Our support doesn't stop as soon as you have your tickets. Rest assured that from the moment you leave, our staff are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, equipped with every detail of your tour in the unlikely event that you should encounter any difficulties.
We're confident that you will have a great trip, but in case you need us we are only a phone call away.
What You Say
The response and help we received from Paul when we had an emergency was above and beyond. I cannot thank the team and Paul enough for the help with arranging flights. The Cotswold School
We always find EST so helpful. When we were stuck for a coach at 4am (which we hadn't booked with EST) they still did everything they could to try and help us! Always fantastic! Waddesdon C of E School
Please can I say a huge thank you to EST, as I am told by my colleague who had to stay behind at the airport with a pupil who lost their passport that you were all extremely helpful organising another flight for her to meet up with us later. It was very reassuring to know for all involved that you were available to help us. Reading Blue Coat School
Very satisfied by the information and the organisation provided by EST. Very well organised and varied activities. Our tour organiser was extremely helpful and reliable when one of our students lost his passport. He made himself available at all time and kept in touch regularly until the problem was 'solved' which was barely a few hours before flying back home. St Kentigerns RC Academy
I cannot commend, and thank the company enough for the work done by Lynsey and Sarah M-B. Under very trying circumstances, they recovered our trip from a last minute flight cancellation, and worked miracles to ensure our tour went ahead with the minimal changes. It was greatly appreciated by all staff involved, and provided some unforgettable experiences for the students on the trip. Thank-you all very much. The Priory Ruskin Academy (The Priory Federation of Academies)