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School trips - how much do you pay?

bluedave Avatar
6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
My daughter brought a letter home from school today about a school trip to Austria. Its for summer 2011, for 5 nights staying full board in a hostel. The price is £690 which I think is extortionate. When I've looked at the hostel on the internet and the price for 5 nights is 90 euros.
Is this the going rate for this type of trip or am I being ripped off big time?
bluedave Avatar
6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
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#1
dont they always increase the price to pay for the teachers to go? thats what my school used to do
#2
i went to spain for a week on a coach for £415 but too be fair she will be going round the country with school so it sounds right plus she will be on a plane !

oh and im going to poland on a plane for £350, so seen as she would be going australia, it sounds right :thumbsup:
banned#3
does the 690 included flights? cause the 90 euros one sure doesnt!
#4
You have to think

travel costs
Food/drink thats provded cost
Teacher costs
#5
that will include all travel, food, excursions etc - worth it imo

My son is going on his first school trip on Monday - he is in primary 6 and only going 10 miles to Loch Lomond for three days and mum here is gonna miss him loads!
#6
insurance is quite high too, seeing as its schoolchildren
#7
£700 for 5 nights seems excessive to me.
#8
its ridculus how much they charge for there trips, but its to cover the costs of the teachers that go and the insurance they have to take out
#9
plus OP you have loads of time to save for this - tons!!!
#10
jubbyme
does the 690 included flights? cause the 90 euros one sure doesnt!


Flights, will it not be a coach trip ?
#11
aah96
i went to spain for a week on a coach for £415 but too be fair she will be going round the country with school so it sounds right plus she will be on a plane !

oh and im going to poland on a plane for £350, so seen as she would be going australia, it sounds right :thumbsup:


Austria lol not Australia
#12
Just paid £170 for a 4 night stay at an Outdoor Education Centre in Derbyshire ( we live in Nottm) for my 15 year old sons GCSE PE course.
TBH the price you quoted sounds about right
#13
ilovelilac
Austria lol not Australia


:oops: :lol:

i need to go to bed ! :thinking:
banned#14
ilovelilac;8089884
Austria lol not Australia

lol,beat me to it:-D
#15
RFC
lol,beat me to it:-D


awh tut up :lol:
#16
RFC
lol,beat me to it:-D


(can you clear your inbox please! - sorry OP)
banned 1 Like #17
either way, travel insurance now is a killer, and the school will have no choice there

still i agree, is a bit high, but only maybe by maybe 150-200 (as if that wasnt bad enough!)
#18
They are flying - so that should be £200 ish. I guess I'm so used to getting bargain holidays that paying all that for one 11 year old seems excessive. They've told us so far in advance so that we can pay £40 per month. Still seems a lot especially as 4 of us are flying to menorca at May spring bank and staying in an all inclusive hotel for 7 nights for £950 total ( thank you expedia)

This is the first secondary school trip for us and maybe this is the kind of thing we should expect - its going to be an expensive few years!!!
#19
bitseylango
Just paid £170 for a 4 night stay at an Outdoor Education Centre in Derbyshire ( we live in Nottm) for my 15 year old sons GCSE PE course.
TBH the price you quoted sounds about right


Thats not whitehall is it?
banned#20
keli
dont they always increase the price to pay for the teachers to go? thats what my school used to do


Jeez. Don't teachers get enough Holidays already - without paying for their trips as well?
#21
starsparkle2311
£168 for a 3 day trip for my 11 year old to some outdoor centre a few miles down the road. It's a treat for her and her class mates for completing their SATS.

Well worth the money, both my kids went on a similar trip in years 3&4 and it was so worth it.

I'm a little annoyed that we only received the letter about it 3 weeks ago, it would have been nice to know about it earlier to budget, but nevertheless, it's well worth it:thumbsup:


My daughter went to Whitehall outdoor education centre in Derbyshire last October - £95 for 2 nights and worth every penny. Also going to PEAK with guides - £140 for 7 nights - absolute bargain.
#22
its about the going rate, my daughter went last year to Austria with the school & my son the year before that, they both had a brill time.
banned#23
I paid £1800 for my daughter to go to sweden for 8 days, and when I checked out all the activities, meals, flights, coach travel, insurance etc etc it was actually cheaper than I could get!
#24
If you can afford it just pay it, as it is something your kid will always remember, i have so many good memories of school trips, and I don't think the school is in it for a profit..
1 Like #25
As a teacher... UK trips over 4/5 days... the teachers go free... not subsidised by children.... but 1 free T place per 10 children. Ours cost £240 to go to Borwick hall.. all transport, food, and 3 tutors all day every day for canoeing, abseiling etc.... and it was the "rich" parents that caused a stink.... the ones that have 3 other holidays a year... one refused to pay full because the school will subsidise those parents that find it difficult, and her child turned up in a new £130 outfit that the mother boasted about.... Sometimes you just can't win... but the nasty taste does make you think.."why bother" sometimes !!
#26
i think £690 is a good price as that will include everything apart from spending money obviously and you have plenty of time to save for it also so i hope they enjoy it as it is an experience for them :)
banned#27
thirty bob and not a penny more:thumbsup:
#28
Well thanks for your replies everyone. I guess now shes starting secondary school we'll have to get used to more expensive school trips!!!
banned#29
I never got to go on a secondary school trip. Got to go on a couple of trips in primary school though and they were very memorable. Secondary school trips seemed more about just having a holiday than doing team building etc.
#30
in scotland we have nursery 0-5 primary 5-11/12 and secondary 11 to possibly 17 :)
1 Like #31
ukmonkey
If you can afford it just pay it, as it is something your kid will always remember, i have so many good memories of school trips, and I don't think the school is in it for a profit..


agree whole heartedly - i was lucky enouggh to go on all of mine at school and have some fantastic memories, i have done and will continue to do everything i can to make sure all my kids do to

youngest is off to Liddington soon for 4 nights, costing me £170 :thumbsup:
1 Like #32
bluedave
Thats not whitehall is it?


Hagg farm :thumbsup:
1 Like #33
hmmm, doesn't help without a breakdown of the costs and what they will be doing while there but these are some of the reasons I can think as to the cost.

Euro exchange rate
Insurance
Teachers
Transport... ie hiring a Coach to take them there and back or flights and then a local private coach
Hostel & Food
Days out, Entry to places...
1 Like #34
The students have to pay for the teachers to go, but that doesn't seem so bad seeing as I payed nearly a grand to go skiing in Austria just a month ago with my school
1 Like #35
this year i've paid £290 for one child to go to france for 5 days including a day in Paris and the other child had 6 days in Slovenia for £375, this included skiing days. both travelled by coach.
obviously all food and expenses were covered. i think £690 is quite high.
1 Like #36
My son went to Italy last year for about £650 the next trip is to China....for about a £1000. Normal comp not private. We decided not to send him on this. Most of his friends couldnt afford it either. Its usually in the school holidays at our school so i dont think the children are quite as bothered as they dont miss any school.
If you can afford it go for it. I really think its nice for children to do at least one trip at that age but wait and see what the other parents are doing. i found a very simiar trip slightly better in a brochure for about £900 so there is some expense going somewhere. I have always beiieved its to pay for the teachers but not sure.

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