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To ask the school for a refund?

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readysteadylook Mon 18-Nov-19 08:09:17

Dd was supposed to go on a school trip last Friday. She couldn't go as she was really ill. Aibu to ask for a refund? I paid £22 for travel and entry to event.

No where on the letter did it say the price was non refundable but I still don't know if I should ask for it back.

LoisLittsLover Mon 18-Nov-19 08:10:52

I don't think the school will have the money to give you as they will have bought her ticket and space on the coach.

DialANumber Mon 18-Nov-19 08:11:26


Your dad's place will all have been prepaid and organised, not bought on the day. Its unfortunate but unavoidable.

CharityConundrum Mon 18-Nov-19 08:11:38

You may as well ask, but I'd be surprised if they were able to recoup any of the costs for you as I imagine it would have all been paid for upfront.

PurpleDaisies Mon 18-Nov-19 08:11:57

It’s totally fine to ask, but the chances are the school already booked and paid for your daughter’s entry so you might not get it back.

GiveHerHellFromUs Mon 18-Nov-19 08:13:03

Yep YABU. The school would have paid for x amount of entries and x amount of coaches based on the children who had paid - they won't have kept the money.

FamilyOfAliens Mon 18-Nov-19 08:13:10

Ask the school. No one on here can tell you what their policy is on refunding for non-attendance in school trips.

weirdsmell Mon 18-Nov-19 08:13:21


Surely you know this will have been booked and paid in advance?

Just write it off as one of those things.

WaterSheep Mon 18-Nov-19 08:13:32

Sorry but YABU. The cost of the travel and entry to the event will have been paid in advance. The school won't have been refunded for these, so they wouldn't be able to pass on the money to you even if they wanted to.

BeanBag7 Mon 18-Nov-19 08:13:47

They would have paid for all the coach travel, entry etc in advance and one less child wouldnt have given them a discount on the coach. Maybe you would get a refund on the entry price, if they did pay on the day, but usually that would be paid in advance too.

dementedpixie Mon 18-Nov-19 08:14:17

No you shouldn't ask for it back. That money would have paid for the bus and they wont get a refund for that or the entry fee

Shakirasma Mon 18-Nov-19 08:14:58

The school wont have the money, the coach and venue will have been paid in advance. They will have insurance but I expect the excess will make a claim non viable.

I suppose you could try and insist ut it will mean the money co es out of the school budget. I cant imagine many parents would want to do that.

PurpleDaisies Mon 18-Nov-19 08:15:22

No you shouldn't ask for it back.

Why not? As long as it’s a polite enquiry not a demand, surely the op can see if it’s possible to have a refund?

FridalovesDiego Mon 18-Nov-19 08:17:27

You will forever be known as one of those parents surely you understand that you don’t get a refund under these circumstances. Have you never been out before?

ahhRats Mon 18-Nov-19 08:17:49

You realise that they have to book in advance for trips? That the coach has to be pre booked and paid for as will the venue. They wont have just rocked up on the day and paid admission.

NailsNeedDoing Mon 18-Nov-19 08:19:49

If the school does give you a refund, and they may well say they're unable to, it will come out their own budget. For that reason, you shouldn't ask. It's not like anyone will have profited out of your dd not going, and you've already said goodbye to the money.

ShatnersWig Mon 18-Nov-19 08:20:46

Put it this way.

You go to Tesco on Monday. You buy a piece of fish with a use by date of Saturday. On Saturday, you feel a bit under the weather, don't want to cook, so order a takeaway. On Sunday you go to Tesco and ask for your money back because you didn't use the fish after all.

Nah. Don't do it.

Biancadelrioisback Mon 18-Nov-19 08:21:37

Some events you absolutely can pay on the door but the coach 100% will have been pre-aranged.

Did the school only allow a set number of students to attend this event?

I would ask but I wouldn't expect a refund.

ImGenderfree Mon 18-Nov-19 08:22:09

I used to work in a school and we did refund for trips in some cases. Often the entry is paid on a per head basis on the day - though sometimes it’s a flat rate. Transport is trickier as we calculate it based on the number of children eligible to go on the trip. Also we didn’t want people to delay paying in case their child was ill. Trips where parents don’t pay are a real drain on resources for a school. My children’s school for more expensive trips asks parents if they will donate in advance and if they don’t get enough responses don’t run the trip.

BringOnTheScience Mon 18-Nov-19 08:22:15

School will have pre-booked every ticket for children and adults. The coach will have been a fixed total price divided up. Both elements will have been paid out already.

Sorry, but you need to write it off.

Hope that DD is feeling better today.

Beautiful3 Mon 18-Nov-19 08:22:29

I wouldnt because they've already spent the money on a non refundable ticket and space on a coach.

PollyShelby Mon 18-Nov-19 08:22:47

They won't be able to refund you as they will have paid for it.

SpeckledyHen Mon 18-Nov-19 08:32:02

There is no harm in asking but don’t expect the answer to be yes .

MonaLisaDoesntSmile Mon 18-Nov-19 08:36:32

Look at the letter if you still have it, some precise the fee is non refundable as the tickets are booked and paid in advance.

saraclara Mon 18-Nov-19 08:43:53

There's absolutely no harm in asking politely if any element of it is able to be refunded.

Every school trip I arranged was based on our full pre-payment for the coach (so not refundable) and an estimated number of pupils and adults for the admission fee, with the actual number paid for on the day (so refundable).

For some attractions or larger groups, our ticket arrangement might not have been possible though, so be prepared for a no on that, too.

For the record, I wouldn't have seen a polite enquiry such as yours as a 'that parent' thing at all.

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