School trips made easy with Class Pass!

If you're a Teacher or a Youth Group Leader in the West Midlands needing flexible, local bus travel, then we've got just the ticket!

Exploring the West Midlands with large groups of young people just got easier, with unlimited all day travel and a number of perks to take advantage of, make your trip even more memorable, with the Class Pass. 

For just £59, the Class Pass allows up to 30 children and 6 adults unlimited travel all day, across National Express West Midlands and Coventry bus services. 

Hop on and off our buses as many times as you like to discover your local area, soak up the city sights and ignite their imaginations.

How do I get a Class Pass?

To order your Class Pass, you'll need to contact our Sales team in advance of your trip, as this is not a ticket available on board from our drivers. 

The Class Pass consists of 3 scratchcard Daysaver tickets, each of which will allow 2 adults and10 children (aged between 5-15), unlimited travel on our buses all day long. 

Travelling with a Class Pass is simple and best of all, it's flexible. This means that if your group needs to split into separate parties, you can divide the cards between up to 3 groups. Alternatively, if your particular group is smaller than 21, you can use any leftover scratchcards on another day.

Feeling inspired? Read on to find out about our Class Pass perks, and gather some ideas about how to use your Class Pass.

To find out more or to purchase a Class Pass, email us classpass@nationalexpress.com

At National Express West Midlands, we know that educational trips and vocational adventures are really important and memorable parts of growing up. 

They are often golden opportunities to reward, inspire and nurture young minds, so we've put together this handy list of ways to use your Class Pass, and take advantage of a range of exclusive discounts within the West Midlands.

Upon booking, please advise the attraction that you will be travelling with a National Express Class Pass. This will ensure that the incentive or discount is applied to your booking. You may have to present your Class Pass upon arrival at the attraction. Terms and conditions apply.

1. Get active at Ackers Adventure

Ackers Adventure are the outdoor activity specialists, offering more outdoor activities than any other provider. 

Based in the heart of Birmingham, we can tailor your visit to suit your needs, from one session to a whole day, the options are endless.

Class Pass Perk: 5% discount for schools travelling with a Class Pass!

Find us at: Golden Hillock Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham, B11 2PY

Visit our website: https://www.ackers-adventure.co.uk

Contact us to book: ackers-adventure.co.uk or 0121 772 5111

Travel on NX West Midlands 8A / 8C services - plan your journey here...

2. Explore the historic Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens

Explore 10 acres of beautiful historic gardens with a holly maze, wildflower areas and three ponds. Find 18th century countryside within the second city. Offering history, science and creative taught modules linked to the curriculum, mixed and matched to suit each school, single visits or multi ‘seasonal’ sessions. Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens is a great place to get those ‘outdoor hours’.

£4 per child. Free entry for Teachers and Support Staff. 

Class Pass Perk: Every child visiting will receive a FREE Adult Day Pass for their next visit! Bring your grown up back, and give them a guided tour! #WeGrowTogether

Find us at: Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens Trust, Chester Road, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, B36 9BT

Visit our website: https://www.castlebromwichhallgardens.org.uk

Contact us to book: admin@cbhgt.org.uk or 0121 749 4100

Located just 100m from the nearest bus stops. Travel on NX West Midlands 71 / 96 / X12 / X70 services - plan your journey here...

3. Visit the Coffin Works, home of the Newman Brothers Museum, Jewellery Quarter

During your guided tour, pupils will learn all about the Newman Brothers factory, the people that worked there, the manufacturing processes they used and the products that they made. They can even try their hand at some of the jobs which took place here.

The interactive tour of the factory takes approximately 90 minutes, during which you will see the shelves and workbenches full of original stock and tools, and get a feel for how the company operated on a day to day basis.

Class Pass Perk: Get a goody bag from our Gift Shop for just £1.50 (contents worth £3)

Find us at: 13-15 Fleet Street, Birmingham, B3 1JP

Visit our website: www.coffinworks.org

Contact us to book: newmanbrothers@coffinworks.org.uk or 0121 233 4790

Travel on NX West Midlands 16 / 74 / 82 / 87 / 89 services - plan your journey here...

4. Discover one of Birmingham's fascinating legacies, at The Pen Museum, Jewellery Quarter

Immerse yourself in the exciting world of pens and calligraphy, and explore our amazing collection of over 5,000 objects related to the Birmingham steel pen trade and the history of writing.

The Pen Museum tells the story of Birmingham’s important role in the information revolution. Discover how the Jewellery Quarter was home to over 100 factories manufacturing the ‘Birmingham pen’, and supplied 75% of the world’s pens during the 19th Century.

Class Pass Perk: 10% off school visits when you travel with a Class Pass!

Find us at: The Pen Museum, Unit 3, The Argent Centre, 60 Frederick Street, Birmingham, B1 3HS

Visit our website: https://penmuseum.org,uk

Contact us to book: enquiries@penmuseum.org.uk or 0121 236 9834

Travel on NX West Midlands 8A / 101 services - plan your journey here...

5. Stroll back in time at the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley

Bring the curriculum to life at an award-winning living museum! Black Country Living Museum lets you join in with 300 years of history like no other. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the past and step into a different world, discovering what it was like to live in one of the world’s most industrialised landscapes.

The Museum caters for all ages and levels, from Early Years through to Higher Education and covers a broad subject area, including history, the arts, science, technology, geography, literacy, mathematics and citizenship.

Discounted admission rates starting from £6.95 per student for groups of 15+. We cater for any size group. All educational groups must book in advance. To check availability and provisionally reserve your place, contact the Booking Team Monday-Friday between 10.00am and 4.00pm.

Class Pass Perk: Free School Lesson (Maximum 60 students)

Find us at: Tipton Road, Dudley, DY1 4SQ

Visit our website: https://www.bclm.co.uk

Contact us to book: bookings@bclm.com or 0121 520 8054

Travel on NX West Midlands 11 / 13 services - plan your journey here...

6. Catch a live theatre production at Birmingham Repertory Theatre 

The REP is a leading producing theatre making theatrical moments to cherish, but there are many other reasons for you to visit us - even if you're not coming to see a play! We would love to help you to make your own special moments memorable.

Class Pass Perk: Early Bird rates for school groups! Book now to see The Wizard of Oz (24th Nov 18 - 13th Jan 19) for just £13.50 per pupil (usually £15.50), with a FREE Teacher place for every 15 pupils!

Find us at: Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EP

Visit our website: https://www.birmingham-rep.co.uk

Contact us to book: 0121 236 4455 (Box Office) 

Travel on NX West Midlands 9 / 23 / 24 / 120A / 126 / 127 services - plan your journey here...

7. Discover the wonder of the Balaji Temple, Oldbury

Balaji Temple is a Hindu place of worship built in the style of the most visited Shri Venkateswara Temple in Andhrapradesh in India. This is also the largest temple of its kind in Europe set in approximately 30 acres of land in Tividale in The West Midlands.

Visitors to the temple include school children, university students, faith groups and many other interest groups from across the UK and overseas. Temple and its ground are open to all regardless of one’s race, faith, religion or sect. Currently, pre-arranged guiding by trained guides is only available in English. Fully conducted and guided tour can take up to 2 hours and can be varied to suit the visitors’ needs and expectations. 

Class Pass Perk: FREE Guided tour for school visits!

Find us at: Shri Venkateswara Balaji Temple of UK, 101 Dudley Road East, Oldbury, West Midlands, B69 3DU

Visit our website: www.venkateswara.org.uk

Contact us to book: temple@venkateswara.org.uk or 0121 554 2256 (Opt. 4) 

Travel on NX West Midlands 87 service - plan your journey here...

8. Explore the peace and tranquility of the Sandwell Valley RSPB Reserve, West Bromwich

This enchanting urban green space, once used by the nearby colliery, now flourishes with wildlife. RSPB Sandwell Valley is a fascinating mosaic of different habitats providing homes to a variety of wildlife. 

Wildflower meadows bloom with colour and buzz with insect life. Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and bathe in the woodland's relaxing atmosphere. The scrub is ideal for nesting birds and fills with winter thrushes feasting on the winter berries. Our wildlife garden might spark some ideas for giving nature a home in your own garden and the ponds are full of life to explore.

Class Pass Perk: 10% discount for school bookings!

Find us at: Tanhouse Avenue, Birmingham, B43 5AG

Visit our website: https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-teachers/school-trips/

Contact us to book: sandwellvalley@rspb.org.uk or 0121 357 7395 

Travel on NX West Midlands 16 / 40 / 46 services - plan your journey here...

9. Catch a film at The Mockingbird Cinema & Kitchen, Digbeth 

Situated within Birmingham’s iconic Custard Factory, The Mockingbird Cinema & Kitchen offers a unique cinematic experience. Reward your pupils within the creative hub of the city, enjoy discounted food and films in our fully independent cinema.

Class Pass Perk: 10% discount on food and drink for school visits!

Find us at: Mockingbird House, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham, B5 4AA

Visit our website: www.mockingbirdcinema.com/

Contact us to book: boxoffice@mockingbirdcinema.com or 0121 224 7456

Travel on NX West Midlands 4 / 17 / 60 / 97 services - plan your journey here...

10. Treat your group to a live concert or show, with The Ticket Factory

The Ticket Factory provide tickets to a range of educational events, concerts, live shows at three of Birmingham's biggest venues. Take your group on a trip to remember! 

Class Pass Perk: Discounts available for large groups!

Our venues: The National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Genting Arena and Arena Birmingham (Formerly NIA / Barclaycard Arena)

Visit our website: https://www.theticketfactory.com/default/online/

Contact us to book: groups@theticketfactory.com or 0800 358 0058 

Travel on various NX West Midlands services depending on your chosen venue - plan your journey here...

11. Inspire a symphony at the Coventry Music Museum

There’s lots to see and to do, including activities to interest and delight younger visitors, and a studio in which visitors can try their hand (and ears) at composing and music-making.

Class Pass Perk: Cheap admission and schools get a FREE guide!

Find us at: The Coventry Music Museum, 80 Walsgrave Road, Coventry, CV2 4ED

Visit our website: www.covmm.co.uk/2016/

Contact us to book: 07971 171441

Travel on NX Coventry 4 / 8 / 8A / 8S / 9 / 9A / 10 / 10A services - plan your journey here...

The Class Pass can help you save on travel in other ways too...

12. Take your class swimming 

Taking your class to your local swimming pool for lessons, or even just a well deserved splash around can be a logistical nightmare, and involve costly vehicle hire. With the Class Pass, simply hop on your local National Express bus service, and save the pennies!

13. Travel locally to another school, to a competition or into the city 

You can use the Class Pass to attend events or tournaments at other schools or institutions, saving on the cost of minibus or coach hire! 

14. Help with the transition to secondary school or college

For some pupils, the transition to secondary school or college will involve travelling alone or with friends by bus. Help them get used to bus travel and learn their route, by using the Class Pass to attend induction or transition days!

You can also use the Class Pass to inspire young minds in other ways...

15. Ask your class to write creatively about their journey

Let their imagination run wild by asking your class to write a short story or poem inspired by their bus journey!

16. Give your class practical maths puzzles

Get your class to use their maths skills to solve real life problems, involving bus fares, passenger numbers and the distance travelled, etc!

17. Learn about different communities and faiths

We're lucky to live in a vibrant and diverse area of the UK, use your time on the bus to discuss the values and beliefs of various communities, best represented through our broad range of passengers and staff!

18. Learn important life skills, like how to use public transport and stay safe in busy areas

For some children, bus travel will be a new, exciting experience, use the Class Pass to help familiarise them with bus travel, let them understand how our services operate, and make them aware of how to stay safe in busy public areas. 

Activity Worksheets!

Give your class the opportunity to be creative; let them design their own bus with our colouring in sheet, or use our net to make their very own 3D Platinum Bus

 
l