Resources for Oundle parents and guardians

Oundle School has a responsibility and duty of care to all pupils to ensure that they are able to travel safely to and from School.

Oundle has partnered with GTMatrix to provide transport to and from Airport, Ferry or Train station. We organise both scheduled coaches and ad-hoc taxi transport. All bookings must be via the provided form.

At the beginning and end of term and half term we run regular chaperoned coaches to and from London Heathrow in line with peak demand. On all main school travel days we run coaches to and from Peterborough Train Station. Outside the scheduled coach and on non-school travel days we organise taxis as needed, with optional ride-sharing where available. Please see the bottom of this page.

Charges for coach and taxi travel booked via GTMatrix will be added to the school bill.

Scheduled coach travel

GTMatrix runs the following coach services:

  • To and from Peterborough train station on all main school travel days (chaperone at the station);
  • To and from school to Heathrow Airport at the beginning and end of each term and half term (chaperone on the coach).

For information about non-coach travel, please see the bottom of this page.

Bookings are made by completing the booking form on this website.

Coach stop information (links are to What3Words unique references and include GPS coordinates):

  • Heathrow Terminal 3: For students being met from the coach by parents or guardians – please park in short stay car park. The coach drops off in front of the Departures area (https://w3w.co/office.pens.trial
    51.470529, -0.45701200)
  • Arriving students returning to school should rendezvous in Terminal 3 Arrivals Hall (https://w3w.co/glory.tigers.ends 51.471769, -0.45818200).

Contacting the Oundle chaperone team

Each school has a dedicated SMS number which is monitored by the chaperones on every travel day.  The chaperone will send updates where helpful during the travel day to both parents and students.

The dedicated SMS ONLY number for Oundle is +44 TBA‬.

The SMS number receives incoming messages, however in order to keep the volume of messages to a manageable level, please only message if necessary.

You can call the main GTMatrix office number at any time on +44 20 3355 2858 and a member of the team will help you to find the information that you need.

Transport pricing table

We have a national network of vetted coach, taxi & minibus suppliers and we book non-scheduled transport for students and parents, all of which will be added to the school bill.

Approximate travel times and costs from Oundle are:

Destination Approx. travel time 1 passenger 2 passengers 3+ passengers
Heathrow Airport 2 hours 30 minutes £175 £95 each £85 each
Birmingham Airport 1 hour 15 minutes £130 £75 each £70 each
Gatwick Airport 2 hours 30 minutes £205 £110 each £95 each
Manchester Airport 3 hours £240 £130 each £110 each
Hilton, Park Lane, Central London 1 hour 30 minutes £190 £105 each £90 each
Peterborough 30 minutes £35 £24 each £18 each

NOTE: For all airport taxis (not scheduled coaches) –
Airport Guardians or chaperone meet & greet supplement: Cost per table above plus £20 extra per passenger.

Luggage

Quoted prices include carriage of one small hand luggage item (handbag, laptop), ONE carry-on suitcase up to 23Kg (56 x 45 x 25cm) and ONE hold suitcase up to 32Kg (90 x 75 x 43cm) per passenger.
Additional suitcases will be charged at £20 per item.
Important notes about taxi bookings:

For all ad-hoc travel not listed in the table, we charge a premium over and above the taxi base price of 24% subject to a minimum charge of £20 per passenger.

Additional variable fees are:

  • £45 per hour Unaccompanied Minor and other special services, e.g. accompanying student to a Covid test

Prices quoted are inclusive of our premium, but do not include

  • Extra waiting time,
  • Parking charges,
  • Additional pick-up and drop-offs
  • Congestion Charge
  • Airport Guardians chaperones on non-main travel days
  • Special services
  • Vehicle upgrade
  • Car valeting if needed
  • Lost property retrieval or delivery

Fees may apply when amending a booking at the discretion of the supplier.

Cancellations made less than 72 hours before travel will be charged a £20 administration fee. For cancellations with less than 24 hours notice or no-shows, we reserve the right to charge the full fare.