Parents’ despair over costly school trips that divide children and leave many missing

Parents are responding to complaints about the cost of school trips as out-of-pocket cost of living crises. School trips that were halted during the past two years of the pandemic are back, but not everyone is happy.

Some parents have complained that outings and residential visits organized by schools cost too much. He said it divides those who can’t afford to go – but others said trips should still go ahead for those who can pay.

They were responding to complaints from a father that £80 for a residential week-long trip was not affordable. Gavin Owen, a father of two, said the price of the end-of-term visits for his two boys attending the Yesgol Seir Hugh Owen in Caernarfon is “ridiculous”.

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Parents were informed by school letters that an adventure week had been organized for the pupils at the end of the term, costing up to £80 per student. For Gavin, this meant spending more than £100 for his 12 and 15-year-olds to participate in outdoor activities, which he called “unfair”.

Vail’s new chief inspector of schools, Owen Evans, said schools should run tours but also find ways to make them affordable for all, especially during the current economic crisis.

Asked about the affordability of school trips, before Mr. Owen complained about the cost, Mr. Evans, the head of Astin, told WellsOnline: “I have nothing against expensive school trips, but they should be taken into account for those A way has to be found to give subsidies to the people who do not have the means. Go. I would say do this work, but let everyone go.”

Parents had differing views on whether £80 was too much for a school residential trip and whether it was worth running the trips when some children could not afford to go. And they shared the cost of trips to their children’s schools.

Posting on WellsOnline’s Facebook page, Sheren Smith said: “£80 quid cheap for a school trip. My daughter just came home with a letter for the trip at 33 quid for a day. No food included.” Is.”

Jenny T said she paid £400 to go on a camping trip “up the road” for her two children in primary year six, while Michelle Gaynor Thomas said she paid £400 for a “stay over” school trip this year. Paid £150 for it and also had to buy waterproof clothes for him. She also spent £50 each for two other school trips: “It’s tight and my partner and I both work. We live in a poor area where a lot of people struggle, I definitely think it’s a bit much,” she remarked.

Lewis Thomas was among those who felt that £80 a week was a “really good” price for residential and said that his son’s school trip to “the Physics Center in Switzerland” cost £1,800.

Elizabeth Jones said she had to sell goods to pay for her son’s school trip in two weeks’ time: “It’s a two-night trip to the caves and I had to pay about £200. Everyone’s leaving. And he wants to go too. So we’ve had to sell a lot of stuff to afford it.”

Another mother wrote that her son’s six-year trip cost £450, while a father said his daughter’s school trip cost £250.

Neil Harding wrote that £80 a week for residential travel was a “bargain” and the issue was not the price, but the fact that some people could not afford it.

Jude Campbell said she was “heartbroken” to see her son’s dismay when she told him she couldn’t afford a £1,000 school ski trip including the kit: “You can get family leave for that. I can’t stand it.” And to see my son’s face because I had to tell him he can’t go broke my heart. Something must be done for the cost of school trips. Not justice to some families.”

Hayley Lewis felt that schools asked for a lot more cash than usual: “I have twins, last week I paid £45 for a school day trip, not for each meal and my own for kayaking.” brought wet suits. In mid-week I was hit with £10 each for a day trip to a castle as part of the school curriculum at Tudor. Came home with a lottery ticket booked. Overall I’m a £120 lighter. I just feel for the families who will struggle under these circumstances.”

Retired teacher Alvin Esther Wallace wrote that the cost of the visits was putting pressure on parents: “Our granddaughter’s Year 5 outdoor activities trip a few weeks ago – two nights away in the dormitory, etc. was £230 and required expensive clothing. had a very long list of s etc. – luckily we can pay. As a pre-teacher, I appreciate its 24 hour non-stop responsibility and thank the on-going staff. However, the installments The cost is extortionate even after paying in, putting so much pressure on the parents.”

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