As fellow pupils and staff at Stonyhurst College in Clitheroe, Lancashire, slept, they took a taxi to Manchester airport and were last seen in the terminal before flying to the Dominican Republic, the Daily Mail reported.

Stonyhurst College in Clitheroe, Lancashire (WARREN SMITH)

They waited until staff had gone to bed and fellow pupils were asleep in their dorms before taking their suitcases and fleeing.

They are believed to have walked out of the school gates and down the road before ordering a taxi to the airport, where they boarded an indirect flight to Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic.

The pupils’ parents were said to be ‘worried sick’, but were trying to resolve the drama with minimal police involvement.

Andrew Johnson, headmaster of Stonyhurst, said: “Two of our sixth formers left the college during the course of Monday morning. We have been working with their families and the police, who believe they may now have traced their location. We await further news from the police.”

Stonyhurst College, originally founded in 1593 in France, is a Catholic school that accepts pupils from other Christian traditions. Many who board at the school, which has more than 300 boys and 130 girls, come from overseas.

Past pupils include Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and actor Charles Laughton.

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