Travel Information

In this section you will find some information about travelling to and from an Etherton Education course.  This includes information about when to arrive and depart, our complimentary transfer service and students booked as unaccompanied minors.


Arrival and Departure

The first day of our courses is Sunday 07 July 2024 and the last day is Sunday 01 September 2024. Students joining our courses should arrive and depart on the dates specified on the course acceptance letter and invoice / receipt.  Please check the start and end dates of your course very carefully.  At the end of the course all students must leave the school by 11.00am (UK time).


Our Complimentary Transfer Service

We provide a complimentary transfer service on the first and last dates of our published courses.  This is subject to specific criteria:

  • Airports served: London Heathrow and London Gatwick ONLY.
  • Arrival Times: Arrival at London Heathrow or London Gatwick airports BETWEEN 06:00hrs and 17:00hrs ONLY.  Students will be met by our staff (wearing Etherton Education blue shirts and carrying an Etherton Education sign) within the terminal buildings at the exit from Customs and escorted to our transport.  Coaches leave the airports at intervals throughout the day, so there may be waiting time at the airport until the next available transport departs.
  • Departure Times: London Heathrow AFTER 13:30hrs and BEFORE 18:30hrs, London Gatwick AFTER 14:30hrs and BEFORE 18:30hrs.  Our staff will accompany students to the airport and guide them to their check-in desks.
  • Airport Angels: At busy times we may use the services of Airport Angels to assist our staff with students.

For students travelling outside of the published dates, times, and airports above, the cost and responsibility for the transfers from / to our courses lies with the student / parents / guardian / agent.  Our Travel Co-ordinator can give advice about travel from / to our schools and, if requested at least 7 days in advance, pre-book a private transfer at additional cost.  Etherton Education will only confirm a private transfer booking once the cost has been paid in advance.  Please note that Etherton Education will charge a 100% cancellation fee if a pre-arranged private transfer is cancelled within 24 hours of the scheduled arrival or departure.


Direct Arrival and Departure from our Courses

Students can travel directly to our courses.  If you are travelling directly, please make sure that you go to the correct location – Wellington School, South Street, Wellington, Somerset TA21 8NT.  Please note, do not use the Head Office address at Marlands – this is not a course centre.

A Travel Arrangements Form must be completed in full and returned to Etherton Education by 31 May 2024 to allow us to plan transfers to and from the school.  Details of the travel arrangements will then be confirmed nearer to the date of travel by our Travel Co-ordinator.   If we do not receive the travel arrangements form by 31 May 2024, we are unable to guarantee a place for eligible students on our complimentary transfer service.  Therefore, the transfer will become the responsibility of the student/parents/guardian/agent.


Unaccompanied Minor Travel

We must be informed if a student is booked (paid for service) with an airline as an UNACCOMPANIED MINOR to ensure that our airport staff can follow the airline’s requirements for an authorised hand-over of the student.  For departures, any student using our complimentary transfer service and booked with an airline as an unaccompanied minor must have a flight departure no later than 18:30hrs.  Etherton Education reserves the right to charge additional costs if not notified of a student’s unaccompanied minor status in advance.