STRANDED staff and pupils at Chester Catholic High School have made it home safely in time for their A-level language exams.
A total of 25 pupils, nine teachers – including the modern languages department – and four support staff, were stuck across the world after planes were grounded by the volcanic ash cloud last week.
Now, all but one teacher, a deputy head who is staying with family in Australia, has made it back to the UK.
Headteacher of the Old Wrexham Road school John Murray said: “Everybody is back except for one deputy head teacher who is stuck in Australia and will be arriving on May 5.
“The airline has to clear everyone who is in between Australia and the UK before they can start transporting people who are over there.
“The languages staff were great, they rallied around and sorted everything out.
“We’re cracking on.”
Meanwhile, a language school facing empty classrooms after its pupils were stuck abroad breathed a sigh of relief on Monday after all 72 students it was expecting arrived in Chester.
Last week English in Chester, an English language school for foreign pupils, based in Stanley Place, had 15 students cancel their courses when they were unable to enter the UK while staff at the school were attempting to secure the safe return of 40 pupils stranded in Chester.
Principal Nigel Paramor said: “They all made it, a few were a bit later.
“We had a couple of members of staff stuck, one in Japan and another in Spain, but everybody’s back now as well.
“And everybody who needed to get back home, got back home, despite a few delays, so it’s all going to plan.”