Greenbank High School in Southport, Merseyside, invited students to head to Ghana for a nine-day excursion at the cost of up to £1,500 per child. But while the headteacher said the holiday to West Africa was to allow the girls to see firsthand how their sister school benefits from their fundraising, the parent hit out at the sheer expense of the holiday. The mum, who did not wish to be named, told the Liverpool Echo: “Not every family can afford a family holiday, let alone a single child’s school trip
“And most parents have more than one child, so have to budget for this for other siblings as they get to the same point in their education.
“It sets rich kids apart from poor kids and puts families under pressure, and being self-employed, one year’s money can differ from the next.”
She added: “Schools will say the trips are optional, of course, but you try telling that to a hormonal teenager whose best friend is already going.
Students at the all girls Greenbank High School were charged £1,500 for a trip to Ghana (Image: Google Maps/Getty)
The Child Poverty Action Group works to eliminate inequality inn schools (Image: Getty stock image)
Students at the all girls school were tasked with raising the cost themselves by bag packing in supermarkets and holding cake sales.
But with full-time studies and extra curricular activities, scraping together £1,500 plus spending money from public donations is no easy feat and many girls may turn to their parents for financial help.
On its website, Greenbank says staff are committed to “promote equality for students” and takes the “principles of fairness” seriously.