Ski trip pupils startled by coach stowaway on return to school

By Ben Fitzgerald - 7 January 2019

  • Students returned from a trip to Alpe D’Huez

    Students returned from a trip to Alpe D’Huez

Students and staff from St John’s Academy in Marlborough were startled when a stowaway clambered from the luggage hold of their bus at the end of a recent ski trip to Alpe D’Huez in the French Alps.

The school’s newly-appointed principal, Ian Tucker was quick to reassure parents that the unusual incident did not compromise the safety of students.

In a letter sent to parents today, he explained: “Some of you may be aware that there was an incident at the end of the recent ski trip which arrived back last week. On the return journey, a man stowed himself away and emerged from the luggage hold once the bus arrived at St John’s.”

In praising the response of trip leader Assistant Vice Principal Tom Nicholls and fellow staff members he said: “There were no unpleasant scenes and the students and staff were all safe, with the police arriving within minutes. The way the students and staff dealt with the situation so calmly gives me great confidence in the school and the way it approaches student safety and wellbeing.”

Mr Tucker added that the school was in discussion with the bus company and seeking assurances from them about their procedures.

“Clearly this event is indicative of a wider global issue.”


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