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Location and Travel


Sidmouth is in the Southwest of England in the county of Devon.  It is a small town on the Jurassic coast (England's first World Heritage Site) and the school is in the centre of the town. It is a 30 minute drive from the cathedral city of Exeter, a 90 minute drive from Bristol and 3 hours from London Heathrow Airport. 


We make it as easy as possible for you!

Free SIS Bus

We run a FREE escorted school bus between London Heathrow Airport and Sidmouth every Saturday, all year round.  During high season, the bus aims to arrive at the airport at 12:00 hrs and to depart at 16:30 hrs.  These times may vary during low season, please contact the school directly prior to booking flights.

Average journey time (including comfort stop) is 3.5 hrs approximately. 

Arrivals: flights must arrive before 15:30                        Departures: flights must depart after 13:45

We will send full information about the free bus service, including meeting point locations and staff contact numbers, with confirmation of registration.

Escort Service

This service is available for younger students travelling on Saturdays between London Heathrow Airport and Sidmouth.  Students aged under 14 years and travelling without an adult must use this escort service.

Arrivals: flights must arrive between 12:00 and 15:30.  Students will be met at the arrivals gate by our staff and taken to our meeting point to wait with other students until the free SIS bus departs. 
Cost: £35 per student aged under 16 years; £45 per student aged 16 years and over.

Departures: flights must depart between 13:45 and 16:30.  Students will be escorted on our free bus, checked in by our staff and taken as far as Security. 
Cost: £35 per student aged under 16 years; £45 per student aged 16 years and over.

We are very happy to welcome young students travelling as Unaccompanied Minors but we do need to know in advance of their arrival / departure.

We will send full information about the escort service with confirmation of registration.

Sidmouth International School cannot be held responsible for any late arrivals or departures but a member of our staff will remain at the airport to wait for delayed flights for all students under 18 years booked on the Free Bus service (all expenses will be added to the student's account). 

School car service

We will arrange for a car to collect students from any location in the UK.  We use only experienced drivers. For airport journeys the driver will meet arriving students at the arrivals gate and help departing students to check in.  Minimum prices per car (up to 4 people) for single journeys are:

Airport Price
Exeter Airport £42
Bristol Airport £139
London Heathrow £254
London Gatwick £280
London Stansted £305

Other prices on request

Public Bus

National Express operates an excellent fast coach service (No 501) between Heathrow Airport and Exeter coach station, with departures every 2 hours throughout the year.  Details are at www.nationalexpress.com  At Exeter coach station change for the bus to Sidmouth (Stagecoach No 9), journey time about 45 minutes.  Details are at www.stagecoachbus.com

There are frequent National Express shuttle buses to London Heathrow from London Gatwick (journey time 80 minutes) and London Stansted (journey time 90 minutes)


There are regular and frequent trains from London Paddington and London Waterloo Stations to Exeter and from London Gatwick Airport to Exeter (change trains at Clapham Junction).  Details of all UK train services are at www.nationalrail.co.uk

Please email us for more details


General Information


Sidmouth International School is committed to the safety and well-being of our students and we aim to provide an environment where young people and children feel comfortable and safe.


Sidmouth International School is proud to be accredited by the British Council to teach English in the UK




May Cottage
EX10 8EN

Tel: +44 (0) 1395 516754