TRUST THE SPECIALISTS
Ardmore Educational Travel (AET) are Language Travel Specialists who provide unique and immersive Language Trips worldwide that increase student capabilities and promote a global mindset.
Founded in 1984, we have over 35 years’ experience and are proud of our reputation within the industry and among schools across the UK. We are accredited members of a host of associations to ensure we are fully informed of all travel and educational updates and are maintaining the highest quality standards.
As assured members of the School Travel Forum (STF), a non-profit organisation of leading school tour operators that promote good practice and safety in school travel, we work to consistently exceed their standards. We also fully support the LOtC Quality Badge initiative and have held the accreditation for several years. AET are Assured Members of the regulatory body ABTA and hold and ATOL license, ensuring financial security and peace of mind.
Our mission, vision and values at AET are simple.
“To provide unique and immersive Language Trips that encourage international communications, enabling our vision of a generation with global perspective & responsibility, which we value by making these educational experiences possible.”
PENNY DUNN – MANAGING DIRECTOR
I have a love of travel and a genuine desire to enlighten and educate children in a fun and motivational way. Being exposed to different cultures from a young age ignited a passion in me and I have travelled to many countries, from Singapore and Malaysia to Las Vegas and the Greek Islands, with Kefalonia being one of my favourite places in the world. I have high standards and ensure the rest of my team consistently deliver a high-quality service and unforgettable trips. Being a mum of two daughters myself, I consistently emphasise the importance of offering safe trips to children which don’t compromise on the quality of the experience. I couldn’t ask for a more rewarding and fulfilling job.
SHIRAZ NAWAZ – HEAD OF SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS
I have a passion for building relationships with new clients and negotiating with our suppliers to help us deliver amazing trips at affordable costs. I am a family man who values being a part of a company who helps to inspire the children who will one day lead our future. My wife is also a teacher and encourages me to passionately drive the importance of educating and inspiring the students we work with. I speak four languages and highly value this skill; I would encourage everyone to learn an additional language.
SIMONE PARR – SENIOR TOURS MANAGER
I am the Tours Manager for Spain and have visited many of our Spanish destinations personally, which allows me to assist Group Leaders to build their perfect trip. I got my first taste of real travel when I spent 4 months inter-railing throughout Europe in my twenties. I have two daughters and love to take them abroad regularly to give then a taste of new cultures to help develop their global perspectives. My favourite place to visit is Italy, and top of that list is Rome, where even after five trips there I never tire of its beauty.
ISADORA BENNETT – TOURS MANAGER
I am the Tours Manager for France and Germany. I have a lot of local knowledge on our French and German destinations and love putting culturally rich trips together to these beautiful countries. With an understanding of four languages, I highly encourage anyone to learn the skill of a new language. I love to pack my family up and take them on road trips around Europe to enable my three-year-old son to explore as much of the world as possible. I think it is important for him to have an understanding of different languages and cultures from a young age. I have had the privilege of living in a number of countries, and visit many destinations, but I have a special place in my heart for Paris. It is one of my favourite places in the world and I absolutely love everything about France, from the food and the language, to my own memories of living there.
JOANNE GRIFFIN – TOURS COORDINATOR
Coming from a background in teaching I have a passion for creating learning opportunities for children and inspiring them to reach their potential. I have a huge passion for travel and working for Ardmore allows me to combine my passion with my educational background. I highly value the importance for encouraging children out of the classroom to learn through seeing the world; there is no better way to enrich their cultural understanding. I have been very fortunate to visit many destinations around the world, with some of my favourites being Australia, Sri-Lanka and South Africa.