I dread checking the kid’s school bags these days – not for the dreaded homework, although could be a rant for another post, but for the dreaded “love letters” from the school.
I love my kids getting to go on school trips as I think they learn far more from an interactive day out, however, it’s the cost of these trips. On each letter we are asked for a “voluntary contribution” followed by the line “this trip may be cancelled if we don’t get enough contributions”, so we are held over a barrel.
So far this term I have had to shell out £42 for Kian, £9.15 for Eliza and £7 for Isaac to be able to go on various school trips. Add this to after-school clubs and now I know where my money goes. Gone are the days of me being able to get my hair done regularly or treating myself to a facial, it’s now paying for swimming lessons x 3, golf, football, dance x 2, climbing and beavers.
I don’t begrudge my kids doing any of these but when I sat down and worked out how much we spend as a family over a year on the clubs alone I nearly passed out – it works out over £2000! Now I know why we struggle to afford a holiday.
I am an active member of our school PFA and we regularly hold events to raise money for the school and I help at most, if not all. With the funds we raise plus the pupil premium that the school receives for families under a certain wage bracket I feel that school trips should be free for all children, with the exception of the overnight / week long residentials that the children get to attend in years 5 or 6.
What are your views?
- Should school trips be free for all
- Do all your wages go on after school activities / clubs?