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Château du Baffy Competition Winner Announced

The transformative and positive impact a quality residential trip abroad can have on students and teachers within a school is well documented. It’s especially well highlighted by the Learning Away campaign for ‘Brilliant Residentials’ which sites th...

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Team Tips for School Trips to ITALY

We've quizzed our experienced Local Travel Advisors for their tips on school travel to Italy to help you when considering your next school trip: General tips "My highlights are to visit Vesuvius and Capri. Groups often find paying extra for a boat t...

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Q&A on the SCO (Snowsport Course Organiser) Course

What’s the aim of the SCO course? The Snowsport Course Organiser (SCO) course is there to provide trip leaders with the necessary information on how to run a successful snowsports trip to the mountains. This is now something that a lot of schools re...

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Barcelona Q&A with a School Rep - get some insider tips!

Recently, a member of the Select Team, Rose, travelled with a school to Barcelona. Find out some great insider tips from her travels! Where did you stay and how was the hotel suited for school groups? We stayed in the Hotel Garbi in Calella. The gro...

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History of the Château du Baffy during WWII

Tuesday 6th June marks the 73rd anniversary of the D-Day Normandy Landings. The Château du Baffy had an incredible history during WWII and is located 15 minutes from the landing beaches. The following account of the chateau during WWII is translated...

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Walsall Academy Expedition to Everest Base Camp - PART THREE

Read PART THREE of our special guest blog post by Jon Clarke, Shadow Headteacher at Walsall Academy, on their fantastic Everest Base Camp expedition. The reasoning, the challenges, and the student learning experience... Catch up on Part 1 Catch up o...

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Walsall Academy Expedition to Everest Base Camp - PART TWO

Read PART TWO of our special guest blog post by Jon Clarke, Shadow Headteacher at Walsall Academy, on their fantastic Everest Base Camp expedition. The reasoning, the challenges, and the student learning experience... Catch up on Part 1 here Part 2 ...

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Walsall Academy Expedition to Everest Base Camp - PART ONE

Read PART ONE of our special guest blog post by Jon Clarke, Shadow Headteacher at Walsall Academy, on their fantastic Everest Base Camp expedition. The reasoning, the challenges, and the student learning experience... Part 1 Planning and then managi...

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Easter Ski Round up

It's been a great ski season for Select school groups and teachers, with an especially bumper Easter of snowfall in the USA! Ian Foxall our Commercial Director reported: "Beautiful sunshine on perfect slopes. Unbelievable conditions for this time of...

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Easter School Ski Trips - where to go?

Are you setting off for you Easter school ski trip or wishing you were? Here are some ideas for '18! When considering your next school ski trip, Easter can be a great option for schools only able to gain permission to travel out of term-time. Prices...

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Select School Skiing Half Term 2017 Round-Up

"I'm delighted to say that our first full Half Term ski operation went fantastically well. With groups travelling around the world to Austria, France, Italy, Andorra, Canada and the US – they all enjoyed superb conditions with fresh snow and plenty ...

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Cost-effective school trip solutions that don't compromise experience

At Select we know the great benefit that well thought out, quality residential trips abroad have in a variety of areas. Amongst the benefits are: learner motvation; providing new, meaningful and memorable learning; facilitating a range of first-hand...

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Key Historic places to visit in Normandy

Key Historic places to visit in Normandy If you’re looking to explore historic sites in Normandy there’s a fantastic selection to choose from. With so many options, it’s no wonder that Normandy has long been a favourite destination for UK schools lo...

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The Select Austrian Inspection Visit

SNOW, GOOD FOOD, AND GREAT HOTELS..... where were we? At work of course! Ten members of the Select sales and tour co-ordinator team spent four days in Austria, viewing the existing and new accommodation for our schools, along with refreshing and upd...

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Ski Andorra in 2018 - observations from our teachers' ski inspection!

During the holidays, the Select ski team took a group of teachers to experience the fantastic opportunities for school groups in Andorra. One of our expert ski tour co-ordinators, Francesca Gerard, tells us what makes it a great choice for your 2018...

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Snow News!

November Update 21.11.16 Whilst areas of northern Britain experienced snow showers and the south was battered by stormy weather, European ski resorts have been enjoying some fabulous powder snowfall with huge dumps reported in the last week over muc...

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5 reasons to take a school Christmas Markets trip

SCHOOL TRIPS TO THE EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS MARKETS - 5 reasons to book for 2017! Develop greater cultural understanding This is perhaps one of the most compelling reasons - a Christmas markets trip is a great way to promote an understanding of different...

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New Term, New School Trips to Spain!

This Autumn Term, Select has some exciting new destinations to offer teachers! First on our list of latest additions are our new tours to Spain with Madrid, Cantabria and Andalucía joining Barcelona as part of our programme. Within Andalucía, teache...

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10 reasons for taking a school trip abroad

When thinking of taking a school trip there will be many things going through your mind – finding the right destination, having the trip approved, safety, administration, the extra work on top of the usual teaching pressures. So you may ask yourself...

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The Centenary of the Battle of the Somme

The 1st July 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1st July – 18th November 1916. Thirteen British army divisions and six French divisions launched the attack. Prior to the first infantry advance, the British ...

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Château du Baffy - proving to be a highly popular choice!

Places for 2017 in our Château du Baffy in Normandy 2017 are proving highly popular and are selling fast! The Château du Baffy becomes an exclusive to Select School Travel venue in spring 2017 - having been a tried and tested favourite with hundreds...

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What Makes Sicily a Geographers' Dream?

Sicily is separated from Italy by a strait just 1.9 miles wide at its narrowest point and is the largest island in the Mediterranean. It is also one of the most diverse in terms of flora, fauna and geography. The volcanic landscape is unlike any oth...

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NEW Unique Excursions in Iceland Geography!

Iceland, with its stunning landscape, volcanoes, geothermal features, waterfalls and glaciers,is an excellent destination for a geography school trip. Select has two exciting new additions to the Select Iceland excursions not to be missed: Glacier W...

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5 reasons to try Barcelona for your activities week

An activities week offers your students the opportunity of unique and memorable experiences, and a chance to mix with other pupils and build confidence. A trip to Barcelona is a great choice to offer as part of your activities week programme in 2017...

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Schools have great ski experiences with Select in Austria!

As the ski season comes to a close for another year, our schools have had fantastic times on the slopes, especially in Austria where groups have taken advantage of the snow-sure Kitzsteinhorn glacier where you can ski and snowboard on snow-covered s...

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Select Ski Bookings for 2017 Take Flight!

As this years' ski season gets underway, Select School Skiing is thrilled that our winter sports bookings for the next season, 2016/17, are reaching new heights and are well ahead of our forecasted target! Austria is leading the way as the number on...

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Launching Our Accommodation Expander After Team Visit to Austria

Recently, our team visited snowy Austria, giving up to date and invaluable knowledge for our NEW hotel expander. We visited the Amade and Sportwelt area including Saalbach - Hinterglemm, Zell am See, Maria Alm and many more! Read what one of our Tra...

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The Benefits of Cross-Curricular Tours for KS3

Gaining permission for a school tour during term-time can be difficult for teachers, even though the benefits of field trips and learning outside the classroom are undisputed and widely known. To give approval, headteachers and governors must ensure...

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Our Top Berlin Excursion

Lucy from the Select team has recently returned from a trip to Berlin and was especially enthused by one particular excursion, which in her words was ‘relevant, interactive, fantastic!’ The DDR Museum takes visitors on a jouney to Germany's Socialis...

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10,000 pairs of pupil feet join us to explore & learn!

Select School Travel is thrilled to announce that 10,000 pairs of pupil feet have joined us to explore and learn abroad with our educational and ski programme to Europe and beyond! For educational tours, pupils are heading all over the globe from Be...

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New lifts and pistes for top Austrian and French ski resorts!

There are great additions for three of our favourite ski resorts, Zell am See-Kaprun, Saalbach and Les Deux Alpes this season. One of our top Austrian resorts, Zell am See-Kaprun, has a brand new two stage gondola seating ten people, opening on the ...

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Ski Canada - there's never been a better time!

Thanks to the weakest Canadian Dollar exchange in years, and the abolition of Air Passenger Duty for children under 16, skiing in Canada is a very realistic and comparable alternative to its frequently visited neighbours. Quebec, where UK school ski...

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Five Great Ski Destinations in Europe for Beginners

When taking a group of students for their first ski experience, it's important to find a resort that is beginner-friendly so that your group can build their confidence on reassuring, safe and varied slopes. We’ve highlighted some of or favourite res...

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Our Flagship Normandy Château Property - Exclusive to Select School Travel for 2017

We are delighted to announce that our Château du Baffy in Normandy is returning to become an exclusive to Select School Travel venue, commencing spring 2017. Our Château has been a highly popular choice for dozens of UK schools in the past fifteen y...

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Tours to USA - New York and Washington and the History Curriculum

With reforms to the GSCE history curriculum coming into place for first teaching September 2016, there is a new demand on teachers to ensure their tours meet required learning and that each excursion is relevant. We understand this places an increas...

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Hallo Deutschland!

Recently, the Queen toured Germany, focusing on Berlin and Frankfurt. Visits included Pariser Platz square in the centre of Berlin situated by the Brandenburg Gate at the end of the Unter den Linden, and a visit was also made to Bergen-Belsen camp w...

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Meet our Curriculum Consultant - Mike Scott

"I became a teacher in 1984 and soon after began to take groups to the battlefields of World War One. I soon discovered my great passion in education – outdoor learning in all weathers. I have long believed that it is important to bring learning, es...

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