DD went to France with them last year, and whilst she enjoyed herself, it was expensive - £350. She's been invited on a Spanish one this year, and it's over £500 - flying rather than ferrying.
Accommodation/food weren't that great last time, and whilst I appreciate that the whole experience is about far more than that, I'm wondering, does this sort of trip offer real value for money, or is it a rip-off?
I take yr7s every year to Germany with school (not PGL - another company). It costs c.£300 for just 5 days, including 2 days spent travelling (19 hrs on coach!).
We live in a deprived area, and for some students it's their first time abroad, tasting foreign food, speaking German, etc. So for them it is definitely an important experience.
Going as a group with your mates rather than family is fun too.
But I think in terms of language-learning and exposure to culture you can get far better value-for-money having a family holiday there. Costs for school trips are high because of all the regulations and red tape.
They're going for 5 days - Monday to Friday. This includes a coach to London, flights, then accommodation for 4 nights, and three days out and about.
Thanks for your feedback - I think you're right, she'd have great fun with her mates, and from an independence/confidence point of view it would be good for her. I'm slightly dubious about what she'd gain in terms of exposure to the language/culture because last year, having just been on her French trip, we went back to France for our family holiday and she spoke just two words of French in public all fortnight!
She said this morning that she's not sure if she'll do Spanish next year (she's Y9). So I think a sit down and a good chat are called for tonight, as the form has to be in tomorrow.