School tours

BRINGING HISTORY TO LIFE

There is nothing more that brings history to life – and helps embed that history on the young brain – than visiting the places where it happened. This is particularly so in the case of the military events which have shaped so much of our history.

Experiencing the trenches of World War I, or the walking amongst the WW II bunkers at Normandy; understanding how Wellington used the land at Waterloo to secure victory, or any number of sites in the UK from the Civil War to the Battle of Britain.

Classic Battlefield Tours has taken many school groups on this journey of discovery, and has an enviable reputation for being able to deliver the entire experience with very little need for teaching staff to get bogged down in administration and logistics.

We deliver:

Through a single point of contact

A tailored package

With full insurance, and enhanced DBS and non-assured STF/LOTC Badge

Including guides, travel and accommodation as a premium service

We want to make your life as easy as possible, while delivering for your pupils a truly memorable and inspiring experience that will enhance their love of and enthusiasm for the history they are being taught.

 

European tours:

 

Normandy

A three-day, two-night Tour of Normandy. Led by battlefield guides Dan Hill, and Rocky Salmon, this tour will focus on the D Day landings and the Battle of Normandy from June to August 1944.

Sites included are:

  • Pegasus Bridge
  • Merville Battery
  • Sword Beach
  • Juno Beach
  • Longues-sur-Mer Battery
  • Omaha Beach
  • Omaha cemetery
  • La Cambe German cemetery
  • Operation Goodwood
  • Villers-Bocage
  • The Falaise pocket and Memorial de Montormel Museum

All meals are provided.

Accommodation: The staff and guides will all be in single rooms with ensuite bathrooms, and the students are in multiple dorms with ensuite bathrooms.  Towels, bedding and all meals are provided.

 

Berlin

A three-day, two-night Tour of Berlin. Led by battlefield guides Dan Hill, and Rocky Salmon, this tour will focus on the military history of Germany 1870-1945 and The Cold War.

Sites included are:

  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Holocaust Memorial
  • Hitler’s Bunker
  • Bebelplatz
  • Topography of Terror Museum
  • Saschenhausen Concentration Camp
  • Grunewald Station
  • Olympic Stadium
  • Reichstag dome visit
  • Berlin Wall
  • Checkpoint Charlie

All meals are provided.

Accommodation:  The staff and guides will all be in single rooms with ensuite bathrooms, and the students are in multiple dorms with ensuite bathrooms.  Towels, bedding and all meals are provided.

 

Ypres & Somme

A three-day, two-night Battlefield Tour of the Somme and Ypres. Led by battlefield guides Dan Hill, and Steve Chambers, this tour will focus on the two major British engagements of the Great War at Passchendaele 1917 and the Somme in 1916 with a specific focus on the involvement of the local residents in those battles.

Sites included are:

  • Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery,
  • Hill 60,
  • Vancouver Corner & Herts Regt Memorial,
  • Essex Farm,
  • Passchendaele Memorial Museum
  • Tyne Cot
  • The Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate.
  • Sunken Lane at Beaumont Hamel,
  • Newfoundland Memorial Park,
  • Ulster Tower,
  • Lochnagar Crater,
  • Thiepval Memorial.
  • Vimy Ridge
  • French memorial at Notre Dame De Lorette

All meals are provided.

Accommodation:  The staff and guides will all be in single rooms with ensuite bathrooms, and the students are in multiple dorms with ensuite bathrooms.  Towels, bedding and all meals are provided.

 

UK Tours:

Battle of Hastings

Battle of Bosworth

Battle of Britain

 

Testimonials: 

“On Monday and Tuesday, year 8 visited the key battle sites of the Battle of Bosworth. Last term, year 8 learnt about the rise of the Tudors and the pivotal role the battle played in their ascendency. The students were able to stand on the very site where Richard III and his men camped on the penultimate night before the battle. Students were shown the main events of the battle by historians who positioned them in the troop formation so students could relive the conflict. Afterwards, students went into the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre where they were able to try on the chainmail and helmets that both the Houses of York and Lancaster would’ve worn. It was a very immersive experience for the children who behaved well and were very respectful to both the historians and the sites they visited.”  Barclays Academy

 

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    Safeguarding Policy

     

    Safeguarding: the action taken to promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and protect them from harm, maltreatment, and abuse.

    In any safeguarding incident it is likely that CBT guides will not be acting alone and that they are unlikely to be the lead agency dealing with the matter.   For example, we always work closely on our tours with schools and the guides are never alone with the children without a teacher present.

    At Classic Battlefield Tours, we take the safety of young people very seriously and it is our top priority.  James Stewart-Smith, our Managing Director takes overall responsibility for our arrangements for Safeguarding.  Any concerns about a child or young person on a trip would be reported to JSS and the teacher in charge immediately.

    All our staff are DBS checked and have undergone basic safeguarding and First Aid training.

    All our coach drivers have been DBS checked and we have undergone the New Coach Training together with the Accommodation Training and are up to date with all the audits and procedures required.

    We, the management, tour guides, coach drivers, administration staff etc, are all committed to:

    • Taking the interests and well-being of young people into account, in all our considerations and activities.
    • Respecting the wishes, rights and feelings of the young people on our tours.
    • Taking all reasonable practicable steps to protect them from neglect, physical, sexual and emotional abuse.
    • Promoting the welfare of young people and their protection within a position of trust.

    We ensure all our staff, tour guides, coach drivers etc.

    • Set a good example for others to follow
    • Treat everyone with dignity and respect
    • Treat everyone equally – do not show favouritism
    • Remember you have been placed in a position of trust – do not abuse this
    • Report all allegations, suspicions and concerns immediately
    • Remember that someone might misinterpret your behaviour/actions
    • Respect a young person’s right to personal privacy
    • Act within appropriate boundaries, even in difficult circumstances
    • Encourage an open and transparent culture, where people can challenge inappropriate attitudes or behaviours
    • Plan activities that involve more than one other person being present, or at least within sight and hearing of others
    • Are never alone or speak alone with a young person
    • Do not make any physical contact with a young person at all
    • Do not enter a young person’s room under any circumstances
    • Do not trivialise abuse or let it go unreported
    • Do not join in physical contact games with young people
    • Do not overstep the boundaries between yourself and young people by engaging in friendships or sexual relationships
    • Do not swear or use inappropriate, suggestive or threatening language, whether verbal, written or online
    • Do not rely on your reputation or position to protect you

    If a young person tells us they are being abused, we follow this format –

    Allow them to speak without interruption, and accept what they say

    Be understanding and reassuring – we do not give our opinion

    We tell them we must pass the information immediately on to their school/college etc

    We write careful notes detailing time, date and exactly what was said for forwarding to the appropriate person e.g. School Safeguarding lead on the trip

    LOTC non-assured member

     

    July 2023

     

    James Stewart-Smith, Managing Director, Classic Battlefield Tours