School History Trips to
The Somme

School History Trips to
The Somme

The 1st July was the day that changed the British understanding of war and loss. It was the first day of the Battle of the Somme, one of the most famous battles in British and world history.

100 years on, the battle’s significance remains undiminished, yet the full impact and events of the battle have often been overlooked. We can help change that.

Our school History trips to The Somme will guide your students through the events that led up to its start, exploring the sites where the fighting took place and explaining how the battle unfolded. We can help your students explore the soldiers’ accounts, discuss the leadership of the battle and examine the impact the events had on the rest of the war.

Our knowledgeable guides can help your students understand the effects that technology and strategy had on the events and begin to recognise the role these famous sites, now symbols of remembrance, played in the war.

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Curricular Links

Perfect for: All ages and stages of secondary education

  • Life on the Frontline
  • Trenches and Trench Life
  • Command and Leadership
  • War and Technology
  • Women - Their Roles and the Impact of War in their Lives
  • Medicine and Medical Advancement
  • The Home Front
  • The Role of the Commonwealth and Empire Troops
  • Writers and Poets
  • Conflict and Warfare over Time

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Safety and Financial Security

At Rayburn Tours we’re proud of our continual commitment to safety. We monitor the safety of all aspects of our trips so that you can focus on having a memorable experience for all the right reasons.

When you choose Rayburn Tours you can be rest assured that your school trip is in safe and secure hands thanks to our years of experience and all the right policies and accreditations behind us.


Learn more about our Safety and Financial Security policies
  • ABTA Bonding and ATOL Licensing
  • Safety Management System Policy
  • Risk Management Handbook
  • Crisis Management System
  • School Travel Forum Membership
  • Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge
  • Specialist School Travel Insurance Policies

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What do I need to do to ensure safe travel for my group?

    Information is available from your Local Authority on what is expected from party leaders on a trip. In addition, we are happy to assist you in ensuring that you have all of the necessary information to successfully assess risks and ensure a safe trip for you and your group. Further advice and information can be found on the OEAP National Guidance website.

  • What should be included in my risk assessment?

    Start by identifying the potential hazards before deciding on the appropriate precautions to minimize the potential risk for your group. Once identified, record your findings and implement the precautions. Specific requirements are available from your Local Authority.
  • What happens if flights are operating but we decide we do not want to travel?

    If there has been no official advice against travel, yet your group has opted to cancel, then your cancellation is totally subject to our booking conditions. However, we will always work with you to try and minimise the financial effect and find the best solution for you.

    Period before departure within which written notification is received by Rayburn Tours Ltd:

    70 – 29 days before departure: 75% amount of cancellation charge (expressed as a percentage of the total holiday cost)

    28 – 15 days before departure: 90% amount of cancellation charge (expressed as a percentage of the total holiday cost)

    14 – 1 day(s) before departure 100% amount of cancellation charge (expressed as a percentage of the total holiday cost)

  • Is all of your accommodation audited in advance?

    Yes, all of our accommodation is audited prior to us offering it to a group. The criterion of these audits is governed by the School Travel Forum (STF). It is important to remember that each country is governed by their own standards and laws and these may differ from UK law. However, we require our accommodation to meet our standards as a minimum. We work with the hotels and agents to endeavour to ensure that our standards are met.
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