For educational trips by coach – We are here to help you!
Skinners is a member of the BUSK Benchmark scheme, the first and only completely independent star rating scheme for the minibus and coach industry based on safety and legal compliance. When Skinners were audited in August 2013, we were awarded the maximum 6 stars. To become (and stay) members, we have to undergo two independent audits to check how the company is run, what systems are in place to safeguard passengers and to what standard our drivers are trained.
For more information on the obligations of schools when hiring in transport, please see www.busk-uk.co.uk or call 01633 274944
BUSK legal text - click here
BUSK company profile - Skinners of Oxted
Our BUSK Benchmark licence number is: BE0074
10 Reasons for schools to travel with Skinners
We have had many years’ experience of working with school groups, both in the UK & Abroad
All our drivers are DBS checked to an Enhanced level
All our coaches are fitted with seat belts
We are members of BUSK, an organisation which works to promote safe child road transport
Coach travel is one of the safest modes of transport
Coach travel is more environmentally friendly than taking several minibuses
All our vehicles are maintained in house, in our own fully equipped workshops by qualified engineers
As members of Bonded Coach Holidays, all monies paid to us for an extended tour are secure
Our staff are able to give help & advice on itinerary planning to ensure your day trip or extended tour runs smoothly
You don’t have the worry of how to get where you are going, or where to park when you get there – the driver is there to do that, giving you the opportunity to get on with the teaching part of the day
We also offer…
Seasonal pricing: our coaches are lower priced and we have better availability in the Autumn & Spring terms than in the Summer term, so, if you can take your trips then, you will save money.
Skinners of Oxted are members of the coach and bus industry trade body, the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT).
All Skinners coaches are fitted with seat belts. Note: The mandatory wearing of seatbelts in coaches is law. There is no legal requirement for the use of booster seats in coaches and minibuses for seats behind the driver. This is the case for all our vehicles, however, some school minibuses have seats parallel to the driver and in this case booster seats must be used in those seats for children under the age of 12 or less than 135cm in height. With regard to the responsibility for the wearing of seatbelts, a legal duty is placed on a passenger to wear a seat belt in a bus or coach if one is fitted and the vehicle is in motion. However, there is no legal responsibility placed on the driver or the adults accompanying children under 14 years of age to ensure that seatbelts are worn at all times.
Skinners are committed to a high level of safety and comfort.
Skinners has a written health and safety policy, complying to HSE guidelines – a copy of which is available on request.
We welcome teachers, parents, governors etc. to visit our premises to see our workshop facilities & vehicles.
Skinners have produced a generic risk assessment for school trips by coach, a copy of which is available on request.
Checks with the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS (formerly CRB) are carried out on all our coach drivers.
We are an Umbrella Body for the DBS, so can carry out Disclosure applications on your behalf.
Skinners has a published and effective Road Risk Safety Management Programme. This is a policy document that lists the processes and procedures Skinners adopts to minimise the risks within their operations out on the road, including vehicle and driver safety systems.
Skinners complies with current legislation regarding the use by drivers of mobile phones and microphones.
Please contact us for further information or for a quotation.
Further advice for schools can be obtained from the Department for Education by visiting www.education.gov.uk
The OEAP produces a number of guidance documents for the Management of Outdoor Learning, Off-site visits and Learning Outside the Classroom (www.oeapng.info). This national guidance has Government endorsement & the OEAP has been authorised to say that the content of this guidance is in line with advice from the Health and Safety Executive. We have provided a link to their guidance for “Transport general considerations”, which you can access here.
OEAP National Guidance documents page
Please watch & share this video produced by BUSK to promote the use of seat belts on coaches (Sergeant Bilko)
2 Sep, 2016 by M Bristow
Church trip to Hastings
Once again, many thanks for a wonderful trip. A very courteous and helpful driver (as your drivers always are) and a lov... Read More
7 Aug, 2016 by Sue Millward
Suffolk 5 day break
A very enjoyable short break with Skinners. It was great being picked up and returned to our doorstep. We visited Stow... Read More
26 May, 2017 by Miss Jefferis
To whom it may concern,
Just a note to say thank you so much for providing a coach to take us up to London yesterday ... Read More
11 Aug, 2017 by Andrea Addison
Churches of Romney Marsh trip 8/8/17
Thank you for a brilliant day out on Tuesday. August 8 th . It was not only extremely interesting, well provisioned with... Read More
12 Aug, 2017 by Alan Wingrove
Churches of Romney marsh
Great day out, exceeded my expectations. Would book up straight away to go on another outing to visit some of the other ... Read More
14 Jun, 2016 by S Cook
Whitchurch Silk & Bombay Sapphire
Can we just say thank you and how much we enjoyed the trip to the Whitchurch silk mill and Bombay gin distillery last we... Read More
3 May, 2013 by Janet Everson
Thank you so much!
Dear Skinners, Just to let you know how wonderful I think your outings are. Laura has been particularly helpful when boo... Read More
18 Aug, 2017 by Pauline pocock
Romney Marsh Churches
Fantastic day, the guide was brilliant and extremely knowledgeable. Good food and a well organised trip.... Read More
21 Sep, 2016 by Mary Temperton
We have just returned from a superb trip to Leverkusen driven by Bill.
Thank you for sending the 48 seater coach... Read More
14 May, 2013 by George Eleftheriadis
Thank you so much for your amazing services! We were extremely happy with your bus transfers and Mark. We would recommen... Read More
19 Jun, 2017 by Lila Leamon
Just a short note to thank you for supplying the coach for our trip to Beating Retreat last Thursday. The driver was exc... Read More
11 Aug, 2017 by Grethe
Churches of Romney Marsh trip
Thank you for an absolutely superb trip to the Romney Marsh churches this week. Everything was wonderful, the driver, th... Read More
14 Jun, 2016 by David Harvey
We have been using Skinners Coaches for several years for northern European battlefield tours & we now use no one el... Read More
5 Sep, 2016 by Roger Smith
Trip to Lake District
Dear Sirs. I have recently had the pleasure of being a passenger on one of your privately hired coaches from Caterham to... Read More
25 Jun, 2017 by David Harvey
Normandy, France : June 2017
Another highly successful Battlefield Tour for us mainly due to the thorough organisational skills of the Skinners staff... Read More
17 Feb, 2017 by Diane Fosberry
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