I don't begrudge the price of the trip - it was my choice to let DD go, but when we go on hols we pay about 12 weeks in advance.
DD has been on 2 French trips, both required a £50 deposit >12 months in advance, with balance paid about 6 months before. I have paid a £50 deposit for a trip NEXT SUMMER & they want another £110 before Friday & the full balance before November!!!
Surely the school are just earning interest on MY money?
Primary trips weren't too bad. DS is going away in Sept & balance was due in June - fair enough.
The secondary trips are always first come first served - to do with GCSE stuff etc, send £50 NOW to secure your place, and sign to say you will be liable for whole balance. It's only when they've cashed your £50 do they say OK, another £100 or so next month please , The whole price is reasonable (beats the ski-ing trip etc) but just so early!