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£75 spending money for school trip?!

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Reallynothappy Sat 18-May-13 17:59:06

Year 6 residential coming up, already paid for. All meals and entrance fees included. It's only 4 days.
So I was a bit shocked at being advised at meeting that they were recommending £75 spending money. If they dont want to carry cash children are allowed to take a cash card. My dd doesn't have a cash card! But she wants one now, to fit in. Grrrr!
Is this not a bit excessive? WIBU to make a stand and just give her enough for a fiver a day, even if it singles her out? It's just quite a lot, and the trip wasn't cheap to begin with.

flanbase Sat 18-May-13 23:22:24

That's too much money for a school trip and to suggest a cash card is wrong. What are they doing to need this money?

BackforGood Sat 18-May-13 23:23:57

dd2 went on her Yr6 Residential in the Spring - 4 very full days, and it was suggested they took £3-£5 per day, as they do quite a big 'project' / write up when they get back and might like to buy postcards of some of the places for illustrating the project. One day they all go for an ice-cream, but the school negotiated with a place that they would provide 90 people for an ice-cream (whatever the weather) and the shop would charge them each £1.
Oh, and you put it in daily envelopes, marked with child's name, and they get issued at breakfast, so if anyone loses money, they only lose that day's.
Can't begin to imagine what they would spend that much on.

Flojobunny Sat 18-May-13 23:27:41

That is a ridiculous amount. I would go in and speak to them.

HKTekGuy Sun 19-May-13 00:00:17

The were recommending £75 so I'm a bit confused by the 'Grrr'.

Still18atheart Sun 19-May-13 00:30:12

Think it depends what the trip is something like PGL it is a little excessive
But not a 4 day sightseeing trip to london

trinity0097 Sun 19-May-13 06:43:42

Will they have to buy any food? I used to do a school trip to London, and the children would have to bring money to eat at the services on the way home, as we left London about 4pm and got back about 8pm, so they needed supper and had only had a packed lunch for lunch. We would ask they they keep back £10 to be on the safe side.

Does the place they are going to have expensive things like hoodies on sale?

Ilovesunflowers Sun 19-May-13 17:04:12

Ouch! When I did week long residentials my year 6's were allowed to bring £5! That was plenty for a couple of small gifts and they were allowed to bring snacks so they didn't have to buy them.

Phoebe47 Sun 19-May-13 17:08:40

£75 pounds is ridiculous for a four day trip. I would be querying it with the school. Whatever are they going to spend it on? It puts you in a difficult position as you don't want your DD to be the odd one out but I would be very surprised if everyone brought that amount of money. Definitely have a chat with the Headteacher about it asking why such a large amount of money is being recommended.

BackforGood Sun 19-May-13 18:54:32

I think it's ridiculous for a sightseeing trip too Still18atHeart. With all meals, transport and admissions provided, what are 10 and 11 yr olds going to spend nearly £20 a day on? Indeed, what would anyone spend £20 a day on ?

cocolepew Sun 19-May-13 19:00:01

Way too much! DD went to Edinburgh a few weeks ago, Mon to Fri including travel and £40 was the limit.

HKTekGuy Sun 19-May-13 21:10:31

Last year DS went to Spain on a school trip. We gave him £100 in the belief that having too much money and not needing it was better than vice versa.

We attached a condition though. £40 was his to spend on whatever. Anything above that we reserved the option to look at what he spent the money on and to deduct it from his pocket money if we deemed it to be a utter waste of money.

He went over by £10 but it was a souvenir for his grandparents so we let it go.

OldBeanbagz Mon 20-May-13 08:55:53

DD away at the moment (5 nights) and the spending money is £40. That seemed a lot to me so £75 is shock

Elibean Mon 20-May-13 10:51:45


Our Y6 residential, which is Mon-Fri, recommends £10 I think.

Leafy London suburb school.

Fuckwittery Mon 20-May-13 19:29:01

Just wondering if you'd spoken to the school about this yet OP, I want to know how they can justify this amount of spending money!
Have you discussed with any other parents, might be worth you all saying you think it is too much

nohalfmeasures Mon 20-May-13 19:33:26

That's a crazy amount of money, and many families simply won't be able to afford it. DS1 residential trip spending money is no more than £15

missyPlumcake Sat 25-May-13 20:22:20

DD just been on her YR6 residential on a PGL holiday. They were allowed a maximum of £5 each spending money. Staff said it was because otherwise a ridiculous amount of junk destined for landfill is bought. They just need enough for some little memento and some sweets. DD still managed to buy a bracelet for three family members with her fiver and sweets for herself.

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