I need a minibus, but we don’t have the cash

The school minibus: gateway to education beyond the classroom, but seemingly too expensive to buy, full of red tape and the need to have someone in the school who sees to the maintenance.

Except that there are solutions, solutions which can be used to provide a minibus, whether for the exclusive use of the sports department or to be shared with other departments in the school.

For a start, a minibus does not necessarily require a large payment of money up front. If the school leases a minibus rather than buying it outright the school then pays for it on a monthly basis, thereby overcoming completely the problem of squeezing already limited cash reserves. And that is only the start of the saving.

Where some school visits and trips are paid for through contributions from parents and the PTA, this can often generate enough funds to cover the monthly cost of the minbus.

Alternatively, the minibus can be funded through small monthly deductions from various departments’ income. Or, if you can persuade both the PTA and perhaps half a dozen departments in the school to agree to fund the bus jointly, the funding problem is completely resolved.

The issue of keeping the vehicle fully maintained and operational at all times can be overcome by an arrangement whereby the company from whom the school leases the minibus is also in charge of maintenance.

What’s more, if you order a minibus in the near future, the chances are it will be delivered to you in September.

Benchmark Leasing specialises in the supply and maintenance of school minibuses. If you are interested in the benefits of a minibus do call us on 01753 859944 or click here to see what we can offer.

Grant funding for teacher visits to Croatia Geography, History, Adventure Education

Croatia is the newest member of the EU, and grants are available to support planning visits for teachers considering school travel to Croatia in 2013.

Schools Own Adventure is a school travel specialist dedicated to developing Eastern Europe for the study of history, geography and adventure education.

We would like to send you a free teachers’ guide to support GCSE and A Level study in Croatia and to explain how to apply for grant funding. All you have to do is let us know that you would like to receive this.

Please e-mail info@schoolsown.com and say ‘I would like to receive a free Teachers’ Guide for the study of: (History, Geography, Adventure Education)’. Add your name, job title and the name of your school. We will be happy to send you a teachers’ guide for the subject of your choice, by return e-mail.

Remember – there is no charge for this service and there is no obligation upon you whatsoever.

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