Why Choose Us
Established in 1984 Ardmore Educational Travel has over 30 years of experience delivering high quality, inspiring and educational school tours for students. We tailor-make each trip based on the learning targets and requirements of the group to ensure that you receive the trip and experience you desire.
We aim to encourage international communication, understanding and perspective amongst the students we work with through providing safe educational experiences abroad. We want to inspire students in becoming active global citizens and support them in achieving a global perspective.
We specialise in creating trips which support the language and cultural development of the students we work with. Ardmore Educational Travel is the only company in the UK which focuses solely on language-based trips, so we pride ourselves on our knowledge and experience in this field. We know that inspiring learning outside of the classroom is a powerful tool, and so create trips focussed on giving students the opportunity to practice their language skills and develop new ones in the classroom with native speakers, in the homes of local families, and out and about when exploring the country. Being completely immersed in a language allows the opportunity to learn so much more than simply being in the classroom and brings the language to life for the learner!
HOST FAMILY LANGUAGE IMMERSION
We provide the opportunity for students to stay with host families in the local area of your chosen destination. All of the host families on our database have been subject to checks and given specific requirements to meet. They have been audited and approved by our trusted Local Organisers to ensure they are safe and appropriate for the students we work with.
Staying with a host family provides the student with full language immersion throughout their trip. They will have breakfast and dinner with their family and spend the evenings interacting with them.
We are an assured member of the School Travel Forum, which is a group of leading school tour operators who promote safety and good practice in school travel. Members of the STF are audited every year by externally verified Health and Safety professionals and we consistently adhere to a strict Code of Practice and Safety Management Standards.
Ardmore Educational Travel have been awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge which means that we consistently meet the requirements set out by the STF to ensure we are providing trips that support the educational development of the students who access them.
As well as the accreditations mentioned above, we are also ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) and ATOL protected. Our ABTA bond ensures that you are financially protected throughout the entire process of your trip. To be ABTA is to be dedicated to raising the standards of quality, safety, service and financial security. Our ATOL accreditation financially protects any trips that include flights. Our ATOL number is 2195.
As well as following the Safety Managements Standards set out by the School Travel Forum, Ardmore Educational Travel also has an in-house Safety Management System in place which is reviewed each year, and ensures that all aspects of our trips, including accommodation and transport are assessed and meet certain standards and expectations set out within the system.
Ardmore Educational Travel belongs to the Cognita group which are the largest private school owners in the country. As a partnership we share the same high standards and values of creating an inspiring world of education. We aim to provide children with the international perspective they need to grow and thrive in their futures.
Working alongside Cognita we share their values regarding educational standards. We aim to deliver academic excellence by delivering a personalised learning experience for each trip. All of the tutors who deliver the language sessions within the trips are qualified language teachers in the country they are teaching in.
VAMOOS TRAVEL APP
We have recently partnered with the international travel app company, Vamoos. Incorporating the app into our company allows us to load your entire trip onto its own account so you have all of the essential information stored in one place. It will contain everything from the full itinerary details, travel documentation, live flight updates, maps relevant to what is built into your itinerary and weather information.
The entire app is offline which means you will always receive the most up to date information, and the layout is incredibly user friendly to ensure your trip is made as simple and clear as possible.