Castaway School Travel - booking conditions

1. Booking contract

The Contract is entered in to with Castaway School Travel, Company number 7412795 (hereinafter referred to as The Company) trading as Castaway School Travel and as Chateau de la Baudonniere.

The Company is a transport organisation that wholesales transportation and related services to schools in the United Kingdom who are travelling to France (Hereinafter referred to as The School) The Company contracts with each individual school. It does not contract with pupils or families. The Contract exists between The Company and The School once the first payment has been received and acknowledged.

For the purpose of resolving any claim or dispute, the contract shall be treated as having been made within the district of Brighton County Court, and shall be subject to English Law in respect of any questions of liability and quantum.

2. Our responsibility (The Company)

The Company accepts responsibility for ensuring that all parts of our contract with you are properly performed except when any failure to perform or improper performance was due to

(i) your own acts and/or omissions, (ii) the acts or omissions of those of a third party not connected with the provision of your travel which were unforeseeable or unavoidable, (iii) unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond the control of The Company, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised or

(iv) an event which The Company or one of our suppliers even with all due care could not foresee or forestall.
If there is a problem with our service, you must notify The Company’s Manager of any problem you encounter as soon as possible. If it is not resolved on the spot, please write to us immediately and we will do our best to find a satisfactory solution. We do not accept liability for any complaint, which is not notified to us in writing within 28 days of conclusion of your travel.

Should you find yourself in difficulty we will do our best to help. Any assistance offered [will be subject to a limit of £5,000 per contract] and should you be able to recover the costs we incur from any other source (e.g. Insurers) then we reserve the right to charge you for any assistance we provide or procure on your behalf.

3. Payment schedule

This is negotiated individually between each school and The Company, and usually involves two payments on agreed deadline dates prior to travel. If for any reason The School is unable to meet the Payment Schedule, it is normally possible to amend this through negotiation.

Any such contract alteration is not agreed until The Company has issued the amendment in writing (usually in the form of a faxed updated booking confirmation)

4. Booking details and changing a booking

Transportation booked by those persons named in advance of travel by the Party Leader and our agreement must be obtained for any subsequent alterations. Please telephone to discuss any revised requirements, which will be subject to availability and may be subject to an additional charge.

All special requests, changes, substitutions, additions and cancellations requested are not agreed as alternations to The Contract until The School has received written confirmation from The Company (usually by fax) with a new updated booking confirmation.

To ensure our Travel Coordinators have the correct written information in good time, we regret that we are unable to accept changes within ten days of commencement of your travel.

5. Alteration of numbers / amendments

All special requests, changes, substitutions, additional and cancellations requested are not agreed as alterations to the contract until The School has received written confirmation from The Company (usually by fax) with new updated booking confirmation.

In the event of a reduction in Party Size from the group size specified at the point of the initial contract;

a) The Company reserves the right to charge £75 per place if notified by The School between the first payment and the second payment due dates.

b) The Company reserves the right to charge £225 per place if notified by The School after the due date of the second payment.

c) The Company reserves the right to charge the full price for any place cancelled within a month of departure.

d) Notwithstanding (a) (b) & (c) above, The Company will mitigate on compassionate grounds if it is appropriate and will deal with each case on an individual basis

d) Exceptions to (a) and (b) above will be granted in cases where the initial payment is made out of school funds to secure the booking in advance of The School properly testing the size of the party. For this exception to apply, these conditions must be clearly specified by The School to The Company at the point of the booking contract. (e) Places are not transferable. A drop out is a forfeit deposit and a new sign up is a new deposit payable.

6. Your responsibility (The School)

Within each school we expect one individual to maintain overall responsibility for the obligations of The School during transportation (herein referred to as The Party Leader).

A full list of all members travelling on the transportation must be received by The Company at least 10 working days prior to travel.

Party Leaders must ensure that they have the correct travel documentation for all members of their school group, including passports and where applicable, visas.

All reasonable steps are taken to minimise disturbance to other passengers of ferries, aeroplanes and trains, and on coaches, and prevent damage to property or vehicles. In the case of damage to vehicles, The School will be asked to pay the cost of making good.

Party Leaders must take responsibility for the tidiness of coaches provided by The Company and should ensure that all litter is removed

Your personal property, including baggage, is your own responsibility at all times unless any loss or damage is due to our negligence or any failure to carry out our responsibility. Please satisfy yourself that you have insurance cover for your belongings and that it is adequate for your needs.

It is the responsibility of the teachers from The School to account for all luggage being loaded onto and off from the coach, although your driver will of course assist you with the loading and unloading.

The Party Leader accepts responsibility for the general conduct of the party throughout the journey, and must provide not less than one responsible adult on active duty at all times to ensure that all others in its Party are well behaved. On Brittany Ferries the accompanying adult’s ratio is 1:12 and

The School should ensure that these minimum standards are met.

7. If we are forced to make changes

Very occasionally, it may be necessary for The Company to make changes to tour/course details and to our brochure both before and after your booking has been officially acknowledged in writing. As this is usually the result of circumstances totally outside our control, The Company must reserve the right to do so. Most changes will be of a minor nature. In the unusual event of The Company having to make a significant change, you will be notified as quickly as possible. The Company will then offer you the choice between accepting the changes or receiving a full and prompt refund of all monies paid. In addition (and if appropriate), we will pay you compensation except where a change is made as a result of unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequence of which we could not have avoided even with all due care.

8. Value Added Tax (VAT)

Transportation services provided to a School as wholesaler falls outside the school of current VAT legislation (including T.O.M.S) and is not subject to VAT (it is zero rated).

In the event that the Government change the scope of VAT to include transportation services you will be notified of the surcharge, which is to be applied to your booking.

In this case, The Company will absorb an amount equivalent to 2% of the travel price, which excludes insurance premiums, and any amendment changes. If this means paying more than 10% on the travel price, The School will be entitled to cancel the transportation with a full refund of all money paid. Should The School decide to cancel on these grounds, this right must be exercised within 14 days of notification.

9. Published brochures and leaflets

All itineries and sample timetables provided are subject to alteration due to weather and/or operational factors. The details announced in various brochures and leaflets are complied from up-to-date and accurate information available at the time of going to press; the print date appearing in each brochure or leaflet. They are published in good faith but do not constitute any representation.

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