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About Us

Castle Minibus are champions of minibus safety. We are specialists in providing minibuses and driver training to the education sector. Everything we offer is tailored to support schools and their staff, relieving the burden of minibus management, and ensuring the highest safety standards.

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Our values and aims

A trusted advisor

We help you to operate your minibuses ‘risk free’

Be an ethical company

Your children’s safety is our absolute priority

A pleasure to deal with.

Honest, reliable and friendly

Go the extra mile to ensure value for money

Nothing is too much trouble

1st class corporate social responsibility

A company you can be proud to work with

Provide best customer care of any minibus provider

Let Castle be your transport manager, to keep you legal and compliant

Highest customer retention rates in the industry.

The best service you’ll ever experience, so you’ll never let us go

To be a business that retains and develops the best people.

Knowledgeable local representatives, dedicated Customer Services team and ADI trained instructors for 90% pass rates

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As the market leader, we will continue to develop and invest in new and innovative products to deliver the best service we can for our school and college customers throughout the UK

Chris Maynard, M.D.

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Service Excellence

We understand what a minibus means to you and your students, what pressures teachers, school business managers, school governors and bursars are under, and what is involved in operating a minibus for a school.

Which is why Castle Minibus is dedicated to providing minibuses just for schools, as we have tailored everything we do to make your life easier.

We source the latest purpose-built modern, eco-efficient minibuses (not lightweight vehicles that are converted vans built to just get around the law) and specify additional safety specifications that help keep your children safe, e.g. reversing cameras

Your logo and livery is added by us, free of charge. Metallic paint is also a free option

We pro-actively manage your leased minibus, arrange and collect for MOTs, and carry out the obligatory safety checks, on site at your school, saving you over £2000 over a 5-year lease* and keeping you compliant within your Section 19 permit

Our mechanics won’t over-charge or deceive you about repairs or checks

Castle Driver Training is dedicated to making sure all minibus drivers are properly trained with a D1 90% pass rate (twice the national average).

We provide additional courses approved by recognised industry bodies to train staff on all aspects of the minibus from additional driver practice to the compliance side of minibus management

We provide the latest new Euro 6 Ford Transit minibuses for your staff to train in, and will pick you up from your school, or in some cases even your home!

A dedicated short-term hire company providing quality cars, vans and minibuses from 1 day to 1 year at competitive rates provided just for schools

Because we know how important your minibus is to your school but how restricted your time is we offer these additional services and benefits to ensure managing your minibus, it’s safety and maintenance, is as easy for you as possible.

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Trusted by our customers, we are proud of what we do, and it shows:

100% of schools would gladly recommend us (Castle customer survey 2015)

92% D1 pass rate

200% more likely to pass D1 first time (compared to the national average)

80% minibuses were renewed with Castle in 2015

Why Us?

When Castle Minibus was first conceived many schools were being supplied with minibuses that were originally built as `standard` vans and then converted off site by cutting holes out for the windows and adding seats etc.

We didn’t think this was right, to entrust children’s safety to vehicles not built for purpose, untrained drivers and poorly informed schools about their maintenance and safety responsibilities.

Apart from a whole host of safety and warranty issues, we couldn’t understand why schools were being treated so poorly. Why couldn’t they be provided with the very best minibuses, sourced directly from the manufacturers? After all, schools are very high profile elements of their communities. Teachers, governors, parents and kids surely want to feel immensely proud and safe when out and about – not in a van conversion with seats.

We want your school to feel 1-0 up when they turn up in their smart logo`d Castle minibus!

Castle provides the very best vehicles, service, short-term hire, driver training and advice to its clients, we don’t just hand over the keys and hope for the best.

There are only three manufacturers; Ford, Mercedes and Renault, who produce purpose-built minibuses. These are the vehicles we buy, direct from the factories, with additional Castle specifications to further increase safety.

To lead the way in our industry Castle employs some of the highest calibre individuals from across the financial and education sectors. Members of our team have previously worked for the likes of Santander, Lex, Ofsted, Vodafone and major motor manufacturers.

Talk to Castle Minibus today about your minibus needs whether hiring, leasing or driver training.

We would be delighted to answer any questions you have and provide a no obligation quote and visit to your setting, with a demonstration minibus if required, at a time most convenient to you.

Associations, Accreditations and Supported Charities

Castle Minibus are an RAC Approved Dealer Castle Minibus is proud to be associated with BVRA Castle Minibus is proud to be associated with Supershoe Castle Minibus is proud to be associated with The Association of Colleges and be ISO 9001 accredited Castle Minibus is proud to be associated with Cherwell College Castle Minibus is proud to be associated with the charity KidsOut Castle Minibus is proud to be accredited by Driver CPC Castle Minibus is proud to be a RoSPA Member
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