Minibus hire, just for schools
We provide short-term hire minibuses from 1 day to 1 year to over 1250 schools and colleges throughout the UK because our policies are simple and friendly, we offer premium customer service, and our hire vehicles are fully customisable.
As the best long term solution for schools is leasing or contract hire, we have made sure that working with Castle reduces the stress and hassle of arranging and managing a minibus.
At Castle we’re extremely proud to be working with over 1250 schools, academies and colleges across the UK, and have become the chosen provider of D1 training due to our very high standards of tuition leading to phenomenal pass rates.
At Castle minibus we specialise in serving schools and educational establishments, taking care of all their needs where minibus and vehicle leasing, renting and driver training are concerned.
Castle Minibus offer you a risk and hassle-free way to retire your old vehicle with Castle minibuses unique ‘rehoming scheme’.
1) Do your homework
Not sure where to start? Have a read about us, why you should choose us and how we can save you money.
2) Request a quote today
Specialising in school and college Minibus Leasing across the UK, Castle Minibus will source your ideal minibus, and provide a fully managed service throughout
3) Delivered by our own Castle drivers
Complete with free livery and logos, you can take delivery of your new minibus from one of our Castle delivery drivers.
Trusted by our customers, we are proud of what we do, and it shows:
98% of our customers told us we were either good or excellent
1250 We work with over 1250 schools, academies and colleges across the UK
100% Every single school that completed our survey said that they would happily recommend us
98% of our customers told us we were either good or excellent
Safety standards met
Safety is our absolute priority; in the vehicles we recommend, the training we give and the maintenance services we provide. Every element of our offering has your staff and children’s safety at its heart.
Our dedicated teams will look after you whatever your enquiry; driver training, hiring or leasing. We are all experts in the legalities and small print so can talk you through all the details and will then take away the hassle by organising everything for you.
Fully managed service
When you rent or hire a minibus from Castle Minibus, we know how important it is to complete the regular safety checks, services and MOTs. That why we offer a full managed service covering all these things. Should the worst happen we offer 24/7 road side assistance as standard.
Free livery and logos
We want you to be proud of your minibus and be able to use it from day of delivery so as part of our leasing package we will add your livery and logos so it is ready to go from day one, advertising your school to the local area.
Save you money and hassle
Use our handy quote comparison sheet to check that alternative companies are offing you all the additional services Castle do. Once you factor in our additional benefits, you will not only be saving money but valuable teaching and admin time too
Our philosophy is based around being a specialist supplier to schools, offering the highest quality, most convenient service, with a focus on safety
Chris Maynard, Castle Minibus
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Our comprehensive service and maintenance will save you money, administration and teaching time. Download our handy quote comparison sheet.
Why Choose us?
We are industry leaders in school minibus leasing, hiring and driver training. 98% of our customers would recommend us because we know exactly how to save you time, money and effort.
The whole process was brilliant. I was really impressed with how accommodating everyone was.
Test Valley School
It has been a great experience from completing the theory test right up until passing the practical. I would like to thank the Castle Driver team for their support and assistance throughout and in particular Cliff, whom was very supportive, patient and professional over the last couple of days. Passing first time would not have been possible without his expertise and brilliant approach which not only prepared me for the test but also gave me lots of confidence during it.
Hucklow Primary School
Once again a huge thank you for pulling out the stops to get the bus delivered today, it really is appreciated. It definitely confirms that you were the right choice in supplying our minibus. I will be singing your praises to anyone who is thinking of getting a minibus.
A massive thank you !!
Broomhill Junior School
I was very impressed with Castle's whole package. The online theory preparation was excellent and allowed me to see my progress and I felt very confident going in to the test. Paul was excellent. Again I felt very confident going into the test as he had prepared me so well for it.
Hoe Bridge School
Thank you very much for your efficiency in providing us with our new minibus. We are delighted with the service from you and your team, the bus was delivered on time and as arranged - the two drivers were lovely, friendly and helpful and the whole process has been smooth and efficient.
Nunnykirk Centre For Dyslexia
A huge thank you on behalf of all of us at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and for providing us with an excellent mini bus training service. We are all confident about driving teams around now and have the certificates to go with it.
Hampshire Fire & Rescue service CYP Team
I was extremely impressed with the lesson structure for my minibus driving training, I felt the time available was ample time to prepare me for the test and Shane was extremely supportive and gave me lots of confidence in my driving going into my test.
Liz was a super instructor: very easy to listen to, calm and just the right amount of direction. She was spot on with the prep for the test too.
I couldn't have passed my D1 test without Cliff! An excellent instructor and person, very lucky to spend two days with him. His knowledge and tips got me through a very stressful test.
New Park Primary School
There are 420 very excited children and 60 very excited staff at this end. Seriously, we are very grateful for the superb way in which Castle Vehicle Leasing have helped us to secure these vehicles on terms not offered by our local authority.
Castle has made this process so easy for us, and you have been so quick and flexible, we really are looking forward to a long-term association with Castle.
The Churchill School
Cliff has been absolutely fantastic. He is an amazing instructor, he has a lovely calm manner that inspires confidence and his tips during D1 training have been outstanding.
Upper Batley High School
All of the staff has given me good feedback so thank you for your help and support.
Queens Park School
The D1 process was painless. Training prepared me perfectly for the test.
Langley Park School for Boys
Thanks for our wonderful new minibus which arrived today!
I will recommend your company without hesitation.
Centa Co Ltd
I have been very impressed with Castle Driving who I have found to be supportive and efficient.
Thank you ever so much for all your hard work behind the scenes. You've all played an integral part in me passing this qualification. Paul was fantastic as an instructor. Very friendly and excellent at transferring his knowledge. Couldn't have asked for more !
St George's College
I have been very impressed by the level of contact, communication and support received. I would have no hesitation in recommending your company to colleagues.
New Hall School
It was important that the D1 training was facilitated in the school holidays to avoid disruption to the school timetable. Thank you so much for providing the training Castle Minibus. I would certainly recommend your services to other schools.
New Park Primary School
The minibus was fantastic and you did us proud. We would not hesitate to use Castle Minibus again or recommend others to do the same.
Bradford Park Avenue Community Football Club
Could you please pass on our thanks to your driver trainer, who came and led the Midas training for us yesterday?
He was very professional and supportive. We all fully enjoyed the day.
"I passed my D1 practical test today and I just wanted to give you some feedback on my experience in completing my D1 assessment with Castle driver training.
The whole process was extremely straightforward and easy thanks to Cliff, my instructor and all the staff at Castle who I have been in contact with (Anne and Val are names which spring to mind). I was kept up to date with the whole process and always received a quick response when I had a query or question; as a teacher, I am often very busy throughout the week so this efficiency was highly appreciated! The level of service that Castle provided to me was fantastic - the fact that all of my tests were organised for me and I did not have to do anything other than practice my theory and turn up for the test made the whole process easy and not at all stressful.
I would also like to say a special thanks to Cliff, my driving instructor. Again he has kept in regular contact with me throughout the process, even to wish me good luck and congratulate me when I passed my theory which I thought was a really nice touch. As an instructor I cannot rate him highly enough, he is extremely knowledgeable and a fantastic teacher – thanks to his guidance I am much more confident about my driving. When I was really nervous before my test Cliff really made me feel at ease and I am sure that without him I would not have passed!
I would be grateful if you could pass on my thanks to your staff and especially Cliff. I will also pass on my feedback to our principal and business manager and I will not hesitate to recommend Castle driver training in the future."
I am very happy to have passed the D1. I thought the training was excellent. Paul was a fantastic instructor and had a great way of ironing out problems and habits.
Liz was a brilliant trainer who made me feel very relaxed but also confident in my ability to pass. I was very lucky to have her as my trainer.
Fair Furlong Primary school
Castle made the whole process easy and the theory material was very, very helpful. Liz was very supportive, knowledgeable and friendly- An excellent instructor.
Gosford Hill School
Our minibus is absolutely amazing. We've started picking up and returning children who live a long way away. And of course it`s publicity for us when we are out and about. I wish we could have got one ages ago.
Byker Primary School
I will always recommend your company for the minibus because I am really delighted to have gone with you last year.
A very successful outcome and a delighted new minibus driver!
Great Torrington School
I just wanted to thank you for helping me pass my minibus test... your trainer was a true professional who used a range of coaching techniques in order to get the best from me.
His tuition was intense but rewarding. He really pushes you hard but it is totally worth it by the time you come to your test. I felt totally prepared and breezed through the assessment with little problem.
Woodhouse Grove School
The feedback I would give is on how excellent Cliff is. As a teacher myself I deal with how people should learn and I believe Cliff is truly excellent at it. He speaks in a slow, methodical manner which is easy to understand and the expert way to do it for instruction. He steadily builds up the learning progressively, with structured instruction.This not only made my driving better but also helped raise my confidence. His relaxed manner of teaching is really good and I was most impressed with him.
Just to let you know the minibus has arrived and all is well. Can I take this opportunity to thank you and your team for a very impressive and efficient service? I wish it was this easy all the time....
Cheltenham Town FC
We decided to lease our school minibuses from Castle Minibus under a contract hire agreement because it provided us with fixed costs, it removed all hassle and administration and it eliminated the financial risks by not having to pay volatile maintenance costs. Instead everything is covered by the monthly rentals.
Perhaps what we didn’t anticipate was that by operating modern and professional minibuses, that carry our school name and branding, it would also attract more pupils. Many new parents made contact with us after seeing the minibuses, and placed their children with us as a result.
Recognising the potential that the minibuses brought to us, we subsequently began advertising our open days on them – which has again resulted in an increase in numbers.
Longridge Towers School
We are delighted with the minibus, the school are using it loads and the staff, pupils and parents are very happy with it.
Those that did the training enjoyed the day and found it useful too.
Hurst Green Primary School