Stranded pupils return to school

By on 26/04/2010 in News

UPDATE: Please note the pupils and staff have been delayed at Heathrow Airport and are now expected to arrive at around 11am.

Pupils and teachers who were unable to start term after being stranded on a cultural visit to America for eight days will return to school tomorrow (Tuesday, April 27th).

The group of 58 schoolchildren and eight members of staff from Bournville School made use of the time by securing a trip to the White House last Friday.

Tomorrow morning pupils will be reunited with their parents, teachers and classmates when they travel straight from landing at Heathrow Airport at 7.05am to arrive at the school for 10am.

Headteacher Barbara Easton said: “No one could have predicted a volcano errupting in Iceland would end up preventing our pupils and staff coming home.

“But they really made the most of the extra time they had there. Pupils kept in touch with their teachers via the internet and continued with their studies online virtual learning environment.

“The visit to the White House was the icing on the cake. Apparently they saw the Presidential helicopter taking off as they arrived.

“They were giving a full tour of the building which is an experience they will never forget. School staff accompanying the pupils were terrific and we now very much look forward to having all of them back at school and returning to normality.”

The group, which spanned all year groups, were on a cultural visit to the US when volcanic ash brought the aviation industry to a standstill over large parts of Europe.

More than 50 school staff in Birmingham were known to have been stranded in foreign countries last week.

Journalists are invited to visit the school and talk to pupils, parents and teachers about their experiences.

Date: Tuesday 27th April 2010

Time: 10am

Location: Bournville School and Sixth Form Centre, Griffins Brook Lane, Bournville

Further information from Shahid Naqvi 0121 303 3635.

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