my son is in year 8, and we had the same letter from Marling as soon as we had accepted a place and were a bit
In reality, about 30 children go from across year 7, 8, and 9.
It is an amazing trip, and probably good value for all the things they do, but it was way out of our price league and we just said sorry, no from the beginning.
Because the kids are drawn from several year groups, there isn't really any pressure from others to go.
I wouldn't worry about friends, he may not be going with a particular friend, but there will be others on the trip that he will be able to pal up with.
It looks as if the trip runs every 2 years, so if he doesn't go this year, he may get a chance to go in year 9. Ds has had the letter about the trip for sept, when he is in year 9, but the answer is the same, too expensive for us.
There are other trips, not nearly as expensive and with more of their own year group, eg one to the battle fields of France. There is also a ski trip, which again is a few children from each year and we have said, no, too expensive.
I think about 5-10 people went from year 7 to Florida, out of a year of 120.