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Three men found underneath Winslow school coach

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Published by Charlotte Fisher at 6:48am 10th July 2018.

Students from a Buckinghamshire school came back from France with a little more than they bargained for last Friday (06/07).

Pupils in Year 8 from Sir Thomas Fremantle School in Winslow were on the way back from a school trip to Normandy.

Little did they know, at the time, three men from South Sudan also joined them by holding onto the underside of their coach.

A letter was sent out to parents yesterday (08/07) that read:

"As some of you may be aware, three young men who we now understand are from South Sudan, were found to have come back into the UK by attaching themselves to the underside of the coach returning the Year 8 students from Normandy on Friday.

"After receiving much needed refreshment, the young men were collected by the police who I understand were kind, compassionate and a real credit to the force and themselves. 

"All of the staff who accompanied the trip, along with Mr Pledger, Mrs Martindale and I, met with the students today to discuss what had happened. Miss Hughes and Mrs Rosier led a really informative session where they told students about the plight faced by many in South Sudan and discussed why these young men would have taken such a risk to leave their country to come to the UK.

"Whilst the politics of this situation is something I am happy to leave to others, I think it is important that as a school, we ensure that our students understand the conditions in countries such as South Sudan which lead young men and women to undertake such perilous journeys.

"We hope that our students will now feel free to discuss what has happened, both at school and at home.

"We also hope that the care and compassion for others that characterises so much of our daily routine at STFS will extend to their thoughts for these young men. 

 "It was clear that all three of them were relieved to be here safe and in one piece and I am sure that whatever the future holds for them, we can now all understand a little better that the immigration that we hear so much about on the news has a very human and individual face."

The school has received some very supportive message from parents and wish all the young men involved the very best. 

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