Castle’s MCC (Minibus Compliance Course)

Our MCC was developed and written in consultation with senior regulator and specialist in this area, former Senior Traffic Commissioner for Great Britain, Beverley Bell and is delivered by highly experienced ADI driver trainers. The course has been approved by RoSPA.

Suitable for any member of staff that is involved with the management of the minibuses from heads to bursars, to teachers and estate managers. The MCC is held regularly at our dedicated training centre in Bicester, Oxfordshire as well as at convenient locations across the UK.

‘The law in this area is complex and not always easily understood by schools and their teaching staff, with severe penalties for non-compliance, as well as the risk to the safety of your pupils. It is therefore vital that your school gets it right and can prove they have taken steps to do so’

Beverley Bell, Former Senior Traffic Commissioner

Safety First

Compliance is not only a legal requirement it is a crucial element of ensuring you’re running safe vehicles. Understanding licences, vehicle weights, safety inspections, daily checks and the on-the-road challenges of driving a minibus will dramatically increase your safety levels and enable you to implement a comprehensive safety system.

Castle Minibus MCC

Suitable for any member of staff that is involved with the management of the minibuses from heads to bursars, to teachers and estate managers.

The MCC is available in two parts.

  • Certified, approved and recommended

  • Get clarification and guidance on minibus issues

  • Dates and locations across the UK to suit

  • Meet other schools facing similar challenges

  • Only UK minibus compliance course written for schools

Call today to see what we can do for you 01869 253744

Part 1

A classroom-based day, covering four key areas

  1. The legal minefield: Guiding you through the permits and licences which you operate under, depending on the status of your drivers and the type of school you work for, including who has the responsibility for legal compliance
  2. Vehicles: Looking at the differences in driving a minibus and the challenges teacher-drivers face, best practice weekly and daily minibus checks and the required safety inspections
  3. Drivers: Covering driver management, driver responsibilities and licences
  4. The journey: Things you need to consider when planning journeys and emergency protocols.

Part 2

The Green Light Review

A follow up option for schools is Castle’s Green Light Review, carried out following your attendance on the Minibus Compliance Course, once a School Transport Manager has been appointed.

The review is designed to support schools in any changes they have put in place since the MCC part 1 and ensure that if there was an ‘inspection’ that your school would get the green light where minibus compliance and management is concerned.

The review takes place on-site with the Transport Manager and one of Castle’s ADI instructors. The areas that will be covered are sent in advance of the visit to ensure you can prepare appropriately.

Reduce your insurance premiums

Castle Minibus offer concessions on minibus insurance to our short-term hire and leasing customers. If you have attended our Minibus Compliance Course you will be entitled to a further reduction on your insurance premiums as you will have proven your commitment to safe drivers and vehicles, and will have an increased awareness of safety issues. Read more about our insurance policies


The Minibus Compliance Course part 1 is available for only £395 +vat per candidate and the Green Light Review follow up at your school for £495 +vat. Moreover, we have proven that with just one minibus, the cost of the MCC can easily be recovered within the three year fixed premium term of the minibus insurance.

Really good range of activities and walk around the minibus broke things up well and provided an opportunity to discuss matters with other participants.

The course was very good, learnt quite a lot

Super interesting course, really enjoyed the interactive parts. Cliff & Chris were really nice talkers, I normally fall asleep!

Really good coverage of compliance.

Very informative & clearly delivered.  Given me a lot to think about – Thank you

The course was a major reminder about best practice.  Raised issues to which I need to aspire too.

The venue was easy to get to, the training was excellent, and the training was very informative and interesting.

Found it very interesting covering my points and concerns

Over 400 schools have now attended MCC (since Sept 2018)
Recommend MCC to another school
An average of 9.2 out of 10 score for MCC

Latest Courses


Oxfordshire – Castle Minibus, 10 Wedgwood Road, Bicester, Oxfordshire OX26 4UL




Bristol – Holiday Inn Bristol, Filton Road, Hambrook, Bristol BS16 1QX




Guildford – The Holiday Inn, Egerton Road, Guildford GU2 7XZ




Worcester – Bank House Hotel, Bransford, Worcester WR6 5JD




Oxfordshire – Castle Minibus, 10 Wedgwood Road, Bicester, Oxfordshire OX26 4UL




Brighton – Holiday Inn Brighton Seafront, Kings Road, Brighton BN1 2JF




Borehamwood – Holiday Inn London-Elstree M25, Jct. 23, Barnett Bypass, Borehamwood, London WD6 5PU




Blackpool – The Imperial Hotel, North Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire FY1 2HB




Blackpool – The Imperial Hotel, North Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire FY1 2HB




Cambridge – Holiday Inn Cambridge, Lake View, Impington. Cambridge CB24 9PH




Leeds – Mercure Leeds Parkway Hotel, Otley Road, Leeds LS16 8AG




Oxfordshire – Castle Minibus, 10 Wedgwood Road, Bicester, Oxfordshire OX26 4UL



Contacting us

To book your place on the MCC please either select a course above, call one of our dedicated compliance team on 01869 253744 or email

If you have a general question about anything else, please use the form opposite, we would love to hear from you.

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‘Not too heavy, but very informative. No death by PowerPoint which was a concern before attendance.’

Mark Bennett, Ashlyns School

‘The day went so quickly! Thoroughly enjoyable and exceptionally informative. Feel that I can walk away today feeling confident that our school will be 100 per cent compliant! I also know that if I had any questions, Castle Minibus will be there to help answer. Thank you Cliff and Chris for a fab day!’

Jacqui Bargh, Diamond Learning Trust

‘Very good and useful to clarify key points. I will be taking back to school a list of ‘to do’s. I have also made some friends to network with.’

Janine Brooks, Wycombe Abbey School

‘The whole process was brilliant. I was really impressed with how accommodating everyone was.’

Adam Hill, Test Valley School

‘Absolutely brilliant [MCC Course], informative knowledgeable and pleasant, patient trainers. Highly recommended. Good value for money. 10 out of 10.’

Christine Munroe, Office Manager, Woodside Academy

‘Good overall content of the [MCC] course. 8 out of 10’ and Grant said, ‘I generally enjoyed all aspects of course from beginning to end – Many Thanks. 9 out of 10’.

David Neave and Grant Shayler, Bishop Burton College

’10/10 – This [MCC] course has answered everything I was unsure about as Transport Manager.’

Julia Reynolds, Calthorpe Academy

‘9/10 – Very informative [MCC] workshop. Learned various elements to managing the fleet of school minibuses at school and

appointing a ‘Transport Manager’.

Julie Henrick, Solihull School

’10/10 – I am so glad I came [on the MCC]. There is a lot of work to be done back at school but I feel fully prepared and enabled to be able to get a policy and process set up. Highly recommended – worth every penny!’

Lindsey Rae, All Souls Catholic Primary School

’10 / 10 – Very well presented. A lot of very important info obtained. Ideal length of course, made to feel very much at ease. Well-done chaps!’

Philip Chalkley, Wycliffe College

’10 / 10 – This [MCC] course was quite easily the most useful session I’ve attended in 2 years of joining the education sector. Cliff & Chris are very knowledgeable and pitched the course perfectly.’

Sanj Dhadda, Business Manager, Arnold Lodge School

‘I really enjoyed the [MCC] course in Cardiff yesterday, it was very worthwhile. Cliff did say that if we needed any

Section 19 Permits you could send some. Could I possibly have six please?

I ask because Cliff’s warning that the DVSA were doing their rounds was very timely. I had a phone call at 7.30pm last night to say that the Police and a DVSA inspector had followed one of our minibuses back to School after their evening run and did a spot check. All OK apart from the fact that although the permit was in the bus it wasn’t on display – hence my request!

Kind regards

Sarah Williams, Christ College

‘Very informative [Minibus Compliance] course which will help me in my current role as Transport Manager. 10 out 10.’

Steven Haigh, Buttershaw Business & Enterprise College

’10/10: At LVS the safety of pupils and staff is always paramount, the Castle Minibus Compliance Course is a great way of ensuring that we are complying with all the relevant laws and regulations and therefore maintain our safety standards. Tom Farrell’

Tom Farrell, Transport Leader, Licensed Victuallers School