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To the highest standard, our care for your child starts from the moment they land in the UK.
Bell Wellington

 

Getting to and from
Bell Wellington
Your guide to travel arrangements

To the highest standard, our care for your child starts from the moment they land in the UK. Our dedicated Young Learners team will oversee the coordination, liaison and supervision of your child on arrival and departure days.

Of course, you may want to travel with your child and bring them directly to the school. We can also arrange for this with the school.

airport transfers

Free return transfers

Airport or station transfers are included in your course package fee, from designated airports (see right) and within scheduled arrival and departure times (depending on student travel requirements).

To guarantee your airport transfer, please submit our online travel form for each student at least 10 working days before the course start date. If you would like to make any changes to your departure date, please let us know at least 7 working days before your departure date.

Designated airports for Bell Wellington

  • London Gatwick  71 km
  • London Heathrow  49 km

Out-of-hour prices

  • London Gatwick  £125
  • London Heathrow  £80

Planning for travel

Your guide to travel arrangements for your child

  • Booking an airport transfer for young learners

    All our young learner programmes include free return airport transfers. Transfers will be available for arrivals and departures between 10am and 6pm (depending on student travel requirements) from designated airports or stations.

    To guarantee your airport transfer, please submit an online travel form:

    1. Go to www.bellenglish.com/online-travel-form
    2. Provide your booking details, including: Full name, course, course dates, contact number, and flight details
    3. Click SUBMIT

    Please be aware that our designated airports / stations for young learner programmes include:

    • Heathrow, Luton and Ebbsfleet Eurostar for Bell St Albans
    • Heathrow and Gatwick for Bell Wellington
    • Heathrow and Stansted for Bell The Leys

    If you are planning to arrive out-of-hours, on a different date, or different airport, please contact our support team on yl.travel@bellenglish.com or call +44 (0) 1223 275 598 and we will arrange a bespoke transfer price quote.

  • Where can I find the online travel form for young learners?

    Our online travel form notifies our Young Learners team with flight details and transfer requirements. It is important that we receive this form as soon as possible – or at least 10 working days before the course start date – so that we can guarantee an airport / station transfer for your child.

     

    Complete your online travel form

     

  • Collecting young learners from the airport

    When arriving in the UK, your child will:

    1. Go through Immigration and luggage collection at the baggage hall
    2. Go through Customs
    3. Go through to the Arrivals Hall where they will be met by our Bell representative, who will have a Bell sign, ID card and have authorisation forms with the student’s name and details. They will often be wearing a bright coral shirt with a Bell logo.
    4. Register with the Bell representative

    Due to unforeseen circumstances, your child may experience flight delays, cancellations of diverted flights. This sometimes happen, so do not worry! Simply phone Bell at the emergency contact below and notify us of any changes to travel. We will ensure we are ready and waiting for your child once they do arrival at their final destination.

    A few things to note:

    • Make sure you have your Bell luggage tag in clear view so that our representatives can quickly see you.
    • Your child should only leave the airport with a Bell representative or pre-approved transfer driver.
    • If you can not see our Bell representative, please wait up to 15 minutes at the barrier in the Arrivals hall, and keep your eyes open for someone with a Bell sign.
    • On the extremely rare occasion where you can not see our Bell representative after 15 minutes, please go to the information desk nearby and ask: ‘Please can you ask the Bell representative to come to the information desk?’ Wait at the desk until a Bell representative arrives.
    • If there is a problem, contact Bell on the emergency line saved on your phone: +44 (0)7885 559618

    During high season, we may request students to wait while we collect other students due to arrive at similar times. If this is the case, we aim for the wait to be no longer than 2 hours before the shuttle departs and they will be supervised throughout this period.

  • What is an Unaccompanied Minor?

    An Unaccompanied Minor refers to an individual who is registered for a service some airlines offer for underage flyers.

    The airline agrees to take special responsibility for the student during the flight and personally ensures they take them to a Bell representative on arrival.

    We recommend that all students under the age of 15 are registered as unaccompanied minors.

    If you register a student as an Unaccompanied Minor, please notify our young learners team once this has been confirmed.

    A few things to know :

    1. It is most often a chargeable service paid in advance when registering outward and return flights with the airline.
    2. Bell is not able to register students as Unaccompanied Minors or pay for this service on your behalf
    3. The service is not available across all airlines, so we encourage you to check with the airline first
  • Collecting Unaccompanied Minors from the airport

    Our designated Operations Coordinator oversees all Unaccompanied Minor arrivals. If you have notified us that your student is using this service, our Operations Coordinator will ensure full coordination with airline staff on the day of arrival.

    When arriving in the UK, airline staff will accompany your child:

    • Through Immigration and luggage collection at the baggage hall
    • Through Customs
    • Through to the Arrivals Hall where airline staff will take them to meet our Bell representative, who will have a Bell sign, ID card and have authorisation forms with the student’s name and details

    Your child should only leave the airport with a Bell representative or pre-approved transfer driver.

    As transfers are arranged 1 – 2 days before the arrival date, we are not able to confirm the specific driver who will be collecting the student in advance. However, our Operations Coordinator is available to liaise with you and be your key contact if you should require further information on the day.

    During high season, we may request students to wait while we collect other students due to arrive at similar times. If this is the case, we aim for the wait to be no longer than 2 hours before the shuttle departs and they will be supervised throughout this period.

  • Preparing young learners for travel

    Once you’re all packed and ready to go, run through the following checklist to make sure your child has everything they need for their travel.

    • Flight or train tickets
    • A valid passport or ID for travel (and visa if required)
    • Bell booking confirmation (plus proof of payment if required)
    • Letter of Authorisation to travel completed and signed by parent/guardian
    • Bell travel confirmation with arrival and departure procedures checklist
    • The emergency phone number +44 (0)7885 559618 saved on their phone under Bell, in case of any unforeseen circumstances occurring during their travel
  • Departure days for young learners

    We ensure the safety and well-being of your child from arrival to departure. On departure days, your child will:

    • Get their flight tickets and passports returned to them at the end of their course
    • They will travel to the airport by coach or taxi
    • Be escorted by a Bell representative to check in with the airline, where they are given the departure gate number.
    • Be escorted by a Bell representative to the entrance of the departure lounge. Please note: Bell representatives are not allowed to go through into the departure lounge.
    • Make their own way to the departure gate and wait to board the plane

    If your child is travelling as an Unaccompanied Minor, a Bell representative will take them to meet the airline staff, who will then take care of them during the flight.

Train at train station
BRINGING YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL

Finding your own way to school

If you would like to bring your child directly to the school, please notify us so we can make the proper arrangements for you.

Travel by trainTravelling by train can be scenic and relaxing way to travel, adding a real sense of adventure to your trip. The rail network in the UK is a reliable and efficient system, with train links to Crowthorne via Reading Train Station. If you are arriving by Eurostar, you can walk from St Pancras International to London Kings Cross (a 5 minute walk) and travel by train from there.