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Most expensive school trip yet?

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TheSecondOfHerName Mon 14-Mar-16 16:05:43

We have just received a letter offering DS1 the chance to go on a school trip in the summer of 2017. The cost will be £3980. This is a state school.

The trip does sound amazing (4 weeks trekking in Borneo with Camps International). But £3980?

smoothieooo Mon 14-Mar-16 16:08:40

What the actual...?

DS1 had the offer to go to LA for 5 days at a cost of just over £1k but luckily it coincided with a German exchange trip (2 weeks, work experience, all costs covered for £300).

£3,980 is the cost of a family holiday! Interesting to see how many parents take up the offer...

Dreamgirls234 Mon 14-Mar-16 16:12:56

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Bunbaker Mon 14-Mar-16 16:15:31

Is this just a trip or a World Challenge trip? If it is World Challenge the students have to do their own fund raising. Some of DD's friends are doing World Challenge to India this year. It costs £3,500, but they have all been madly raising money to fund it.

Lilymaid Mon 14-Mar-16 16:19:29

"the students have to do their own fund raising"
Not sure whether World Challenge has tightened up in the last few years, but when DS went, they were certainly encouraged to do this, but in practice, Bank of Mum and Dad and Relatives usually had to chip in (plus wages from Saturday jobs etc).

Bunbaker Mon 14-Mar-16 16:21:18

I suspect in real life bank of mum and dad are supplementing the fund raising. DD's boyfriend has done a lot of fundraising, by babysitting and doing other paid work.

Peaceandloveeveryone Mon 14-Mar-16 16:23:13

Ds has rugby tour of 3.6k plus fundraising (state school). I refuse to ask other people to pay towards this though, so we will have to pay. He had a half term one this year which was 2.4k.

OddBoots Mon 14-Mar-16 16:24:22

At least it is overseas, ds just sent me an email about Kings College London 2 week pre-university summer school, he hadn't looks at the cost, it is £3000 for the residential (£1800 if you commute). Who can afford that!!?

Pootles2010 Mon 14-Mar-16 16:25:36

Yeah 4k is a heck of a lot of fundraising - the money will, realistically, be coming from family.

slicedfinger Mon 14-Mar-16 16:26:46

DD1 is doing a trip to South America this year. There has been massive emphasis put on them fundraising for it though. Part time jobs, cake sales, and running a coffee shop during parent meetings at school. Cost for three weeks volunteering/treking will be £3.7k

IHaveBrilloHair Mon 14-Mar-16 16:28:37

Fuck me.

3luckystars Mon 14-Mar-16 16:32:15

Early April Fools day joke.

AssembleTheMinions Mon 14-Mar-16 16:37:07

Our World challenge opportunity was a £4300 trip to China. We worked out that dd1 would need to earn/raise £50 a week. shock

Needless to say she didn't apply in the end.

Dearest trip she has been on was a weeks skiing in the alps. They flew over and it included everything for £780. Very good value in my opinion.

BoboEK Mon 14-Mar-16 16:48:17

Sorry am I being a bit naive or are you all talking about "state" secondary schools.....or Indies or grammars or ALL !!

MrsJamin Mon 14-Mar-16 16:49:26

That's just insane, I can't imagine state schools around me would try anything even for £1k, how on earth do people afford it?

Matildatoldsuchdreadfullies Mon 14-Mar-16 16:58:06

I loathe being asked for money for this kind of thing. It's invariably very middle class children. There is no way I'm going to fund their holiday, but as the expression goes, 'refusal often offends'.

mouldycheesefan Mon 14-Mar-16 17:01:21

I have twins so that would be £8k!
I love holidays and we do spend a lot on them, but he'll would freeze over before I paid that! I can't see many middle class families forking out for that. It's bonkers!

Peaceandloveeveryone Mon 14-Mar-16 17:03:16

I agree Matilda I think it's so rude. We will pay ds fundraising extra on top of his contributions.
He has had cricket tour to dubai, trip to Finland, rugby tour to NZ and he could go to the Amazon this year but we said no hmm.

It's a grammar school, dd was at Sec modern and had one trip in six years to belgium.

Peaceandloveeveryone Mon 14-Mar-16 17:03:54

Ds best friends are twins, they are going on all the trips, so expensive for them.

redhat Mon 14-Mar-16 17:10:06

I know I'll get slated for this and told it isn't true but DH's friend's wife (still with me) has arranged all sorts of educational trips at their state secondary school. They've done China Borneo Russia and the USA and the trips include such educational things as days out at the F1 racing! The best thing hmm is that since they go for such a long time they generally need additional adults and so DH's friend who doesn't even work for the school (and is a big F1 fan) gets to go too...

My DSs are at an independent and whilst there are lavish school trips (mainly rugby tours, skiing etc) there is also an acceptance that a lot of us are broke through paying the fees and so only a small proportion of the children go.

tiggytape Mon 14-Mar-16 17:11:20

I have no idea how people afford them really (fundraising would have to be pretty impressive or long term to raise £3500+). I suppose some parents can afford it and, as places are so limited anyway, that's how it runs.

The costs don't include passports, vaccinations, pocket money etc. either so it is often another £150+ extra on top.

I've known state schools offer trips to places most adults can only dream of such as visiting Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands and parts of Africa and Asia. It must be amazing for those who can go but I can't imagine many do.

Pinkheart5915 Mon 14-Mar-16 17:17:04

my nephew goes to private school, last year it was a trip to Barbados at £2350.
Luckily My ds is only 6 months so years before I have to think of this

BikeRunSki Mon 14-Mar-16 17:17:50

shock at the Kings Collage summer school! I went on one for free!!
The dc's are only 4 and 7 and I'm getting a little scared.

BikeRunSki Mon 14-Mar-16 17:18:45

College!! Not collage, obviously!

Savagebeauty Mon 14-Mar-16 17:20:47

Ds's America trip (one week) is costing £1500 (state sixth form)
That's his holiday grin

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