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On a school trip, the experiences to be had on the coach journey can make the destination almost an irrelevance, says Stephen Petty

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Some would probably suggest the dreaming spires but for me the most uplifting educational sight around Oxford is early morning at the M40 services. Here, if I stop on my way to work, I get to see the elated and expectant faces of young coach parties from the Midlands, Manchester and beyond, scurrying excitedly in small huddles around the shopping concourse. How children relish that 20-minute comfort break, how they love the whole communal coach-trip experience. In fact, the coach journey is often the bit of a trip the students enjoy the most. Which is just as well, given that I have known some ...

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