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Gloucestershire school e-mails work to stranded pupils

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The school said it was responding to e-mail requests from stranded families

A Gloucestershire school is e-mailing work to GCSE students stranded abroad by the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland which has grounded UK flights.

Stroud High School has 26 pupils and five staff still unable to return home after the Easter holidays.

Headmaster Tim Withers said with exams looming, technology had been a great help to pupils far away.

"We've had quite a lot of e-mail contact and are sending out work after requests from families," he said.

Meanwhile, a Gloucestershire business has expressed concern over the continued flight ban.

Competition fear

Measuring instrument maker Renishaw, in Wotton-under-Edge, is concerned as 93% of its products are exported.

Assistant chief executive Ben Taylor said: "It's very critical we get our products to our customers around the world.

"Now that we can't fly things there, it's going to be a problem for us.

"Some of our competitors are in countries where they're not having this problem, so if [customers] have to have some of our probing products and can't get them, maybe for the first time they'll start considering our competitors."

A new ash cloud from the continuing volcanic eruption in Iceland is spreading towards the UK.

The Civil Aviation Authority has announced that there will be a phased reintroduction of flights in UK airspace from 2200 BST.



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