During the academic year of 2018-19, we spent £1313.45 on what is termed a free education. Don’t misunderstand me, we’re extremely grateful that our London borough can provide the sort of education that is best suited to The Boy Child. He’s had a terrific first year in secondary school. But, in the true sense of the word, it isn’t really free. Not once you’ve acquired a whole set of add-ons.
That sum of £1313.45 is made up of things like the cost of school uniform, the residential trip to the Isle of Wight, the suggested termly ‘donation’ to enable ingredients to be purchased for the food technology lessons, the charge for the weekly after-school club, sponsoring the deputy head when she ran the London Marathon and school lunches.
We’re fortunate to be in a position where we can afford all these extras, but I wonder how low-income families or single parent families manage, especially if there is more than one child.
What’s been the most expensive thing your child’s school has asked you to pay for?
What’s been the most ridiculous thing your child’s school has asked you to pay for?