Stonyhurst runaway teenagers told they cannot return to College

Stonyhurst headmaster rules their return as 'untenable' after their departure to the Caribbean sparked an international search

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Two teenagers who ran away to the Dominican Republic will not be returning to their Lancashire boarding school, it has been confirmed today.

Edward Bunyan, 16, and Indira Gainiyeva, 17, left Stonyhurst College in the early hours of 13 January and jetted out to the Caribbean.

The pair were found safe and well in the resort of Punta Cana just over a week later.

Today, Stonyhurst said its headmaster Andrew Johnson had spoken to their parents, who had agreed that the children's position at the school was “untenable” and that both would be “withdrawn” from studies there.

They were at the centre of widespread media coverage as police had to track down the pupils amid concerns for their welfare, and then Mr Bunyan's mother and Miss Gainiyeva's father flew out to meet them.

Lancashire boarding school runaways found safe and well in the Caribbean

The school added that Mr Bunyan and Miss Gainiyeva teenagers had “expressed their regret for the trouble they have caused” and has arranged for both to be offered the chance to study at another unnamed school.

In a statement, the school said it has been "a particularly difficult" two weeks for the families of both students.

“Both their parents and the college were hugely relieved when the two were discovered late last Sunday night," it said.

“Since then, the two young people have given an account of their behaviour to their parents.

“The headmaster of Stonyhurst, Mr Andrew Johnson, has also been in contact with the parents and has spoken to the two students.

“Their parents have agreed with him that, after what they have done, their children's position at Stonyhurst is untenable. The parents will, therefore, be withdrawing their children from Stonyhurst.

“However, Mr Johnson has been in touch with the headmaster of another school who has agreed to interview both young people with a view to giving them a last chance to make a success of their sixth-form education

The school said both "have expressed their regret for the trouble they have caused".

It added: “The two young people now ask to be left alone to make a new start at a new school.”

Stonyhurst College, a day and boarding school, was founded in 1593 and bills itself as one of Britain's leading Catholic boarding schools.

The Daily Mail reported that both teenagers had told their parents they wanted to study together so they could spend as much time as possible in each other's company.

Miss Gainiyev's father, Ravil, told the newspaper: “Until this happened, I'd never heard about Edward.

'It's a good thing he said sorry to me when we met.

“I think he's a nice boy and Indira likes being with him, although I'm not happy about them sharing a hotel when they are not married.

“I understand Indira's decision that she wants to study with Edward. I don't think we can part them now.

“If they are together it will be a good motive for them to study. I'd prefer them to return to school together.”

Additional reporting by Press Association