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

Our BUSK Benchmark licence number is: BE0074

10 Reasons for schools to travel with Skinners

  1. We have had many years’ experience of working with school groups, both in the UK & Abroad
  2. All our drivers are DBS checked to an Enhanced level
  3. All our coaches are fitted with seat belts
  4. We are members of BUSK, an organisation which works to promote safe child road transport
  5. Coach travel is one of the safest modes of transport
  6. Coach travel is more environmentally friendly than taking several minibuses
  7. All our vehicles are maintained in house, in our own fully equipped workshops by qualified engineers
  8. As members of Bonded Coach Holidays, all monies paid to us for an extended tour are secure
  9. Our staff are able to give help & advice on itinerary planning to ensure your day trip or extended tour runs smoothly
  10. 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

Outdoor Education Advisers Panel (OEAP – www.oeap.info)

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)