AFTER a gruelling 20-hour flight – and an unexpectedly long holiday – pupils from Salendine Nook have been reunited with their parents.
The 25 year nine and 10 students and four staff went to Florida for a physics field trip which was due to end last week.
The volcanic ash cloud which made UK airspace a no-go zone however saw them stranded in Disney’s All-Star Music resort, racking up an estimated £15,000 accommodation and food bill.
Yesterday however, pupils landed at Heathrow at 5am before being picked up by their parents at their High School.
Associate head teacher Andrew Foster said: “The party arrived back around 10.30am very tired after their 20-hour journey. Obviously it’s been a trying time for the pupils and staff and they were greeted by parents and colleagues from the school. The four teachers supervising the trip received several presents from individual parents so naturally everyone has been very grateful for their hard work. All the parents were very impressed with the way the teachers had supported their children throughout the prolonged stay. Both teachers and pupils were allowed home to return to school on Monday.”
The school now faces an insurance claim to ensure it can recoup the money spent on the enforced stay.
The associate head previously expressed concern that because he did not want the children to undergo a transfer flight with no guarantee of accommodation the school may have been classed as not co-operating by Continental Airlines.