I've recently started a Minecraft club for students at a secondary school (Ages 11-16) I teach at. We are currently the biggest club the school offers with 45 members.
I have played a heck of a lot of modded minecraft SMP, server based vanilla minecraft is not my forte.
I would like to purchase a server for us to use. We would like to use the server for a number of different activities:
Survival Lets Play (rebuilding the school in minecraft)
Faction Style Lets Play with PVP
What server style would you recommend us to use? What prices should we expect to pay for a server with these functionalities? I more than happy to discuss any ideas/give details which would support the creation of this server.