Who are First Education and School Travel?

First Education and School Travel is a specialised part of FirstGroup plc, one of Britain’s largest train and bus operators. FirstGroup operates 3 rail franchises and around a fifth of bus services carrying approximately 1.6 million passengers a day. First Education and School Travel are a small educational team with over 30 years combined experience in delivering school trips, educational travel and outdoor adventure. Learn by Design are proud to have established a collaborative venture in order to enhance their existing portfolio of residential packages.

Offering an all-inclusive school trips package service – First Education and School Travel package together each aspect that goes into planning and organising a school trip, managing each aspect on your behalf and offering a truly one-stop shop package. Each STEM package includes coach travel, accommodation, meals, and fun, exciting and safe activities.

Packages are high in quality, low in cost and aimed at all key stage age groups. Their service is truly bespoke and offers real attention to detail. Whatever type of school trip you are looking to plan for your group, First Education and School Travel are confident in providing you with a fabulous, well planned and successful adventure.

Value for money

Our strength is in working in partnership with over 70 outdoor venues/partner providers across the UK, bringing combined expertise together to create a truly great value for money all-inclusive adventure package. 

School trip packages are delivered all year round – offering even greater value for trips taken during the low season (November to March). Simply contact First Education and School Travel with your preferred venue, dates and size of group and they will provide an all-inclusive package price for you.

As members of The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, First Education & School Travel recognise and truly understand the important benefits of learning outdoors and in new environments.

The Mission

To provide memorable experiences for young people in a variety of safe and inspiring environments. A commitment to provide high quality, value for money school trips, offering a fully supported and flexible service.

Learn by Design's STEM package offer

As part of the First Education & School Travel partnership we have collaborated to produce an ‘All-inclusive STEM residential package’. Learn by Design’s dynamic team of Education Communicators deliver the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) workshops covering a range of topics and First Education manage all other aspects of the trip. A truly 360 degree all-inclusive experience!

Sessions include:

Robotics – Utilising remote control VEX robots, learners problem solve in order to complete various challenges involving robotic components. For older students we also use Lego Vernie and Mindstorm robots to introduce students to coding and more pre-programmed robotics.

Wind Turbines – Tasks to raise the awareness of wind energy will see young people build, construct and test a wind turbine, whilst also learning more about renewable energy systems.

Electric Circuits – Using ‘Brainbox’ circuit systems, participants learn about components, symbols and different types of circuits. For higher key stage students this is extended into designing interactive posters or products which have an electronic circuit component using conductive ‘ink’.

Bridge Building – Building of Keystone bridges lead into a digital session exploring structure and load capabilities.

Forensic Farm – Immersive storytelling, explores a variety of scientific themes, including forensic techniques, UV light, ecology, food chains, and field guides.

Bespoke sessions are available in topics that include Enterprise, STEMployment, Science of Sport, and Code Breaking and even topics such as Motivation and Nutrition.

Combining STEM learning with a residential adventure. 

Contact Us

For more information, please contact First Education and School Travel directly via: