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England V Italy: Parents Are Praising These Schools For Letting Children Start Late On Monday

Kimberley Bond


England V Italy: Parents Are Praising These Schools For Letting Children Start Late On Monday

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There's plenty to be cheerful about this weekend, with England managing to actually make the final of a football tournament.

Our lads will be taking on Italy in the final of Euro 2020 this Sunday, with the whole of the country excitedly looking forward to watching the match from 6pm (and hopefully celebrating long into the night afterwards).

And apparently, several schools around the country are expecting Sunday night to be a heavy one - and letting pupils take the morning off, allowing little ones (and their parents) to have a proper lie-in.

Alexandra Park School in Stockport has announced children don't have to be in school until 10.30am, so the whole family can properly enjoy Sunday night.


Headteacher Phil Brooke says it's been a tough year for pupils, parents and teachers, and that everyone should have the opportunity to let their hair down for the long-anticipated game.

"My thinking is just that I want the children to have a great night and not have to worry about school in the morning," he told Manchester Evening News.

"And I want the parents to have a great night too.

"I have two little girls myself and I know they need to go to school but this way everyone can just celebrate it and really enjoy it.


"If they can have a fantastic memory of the night, that's the important thing."

Elsewhere, Birklands Primary School in Nottinghamshire, headteacher Mrs Smith wrote to parents: "If your child is a football fan and likely to be staying up until after 11pm to watch the Final, then let them stay in bed a bit longer and get to school by 10.30am on Monday.

"We would rather have children rested and in school ready to learn rather than absent all day or grumpy.

"School will still start at 8.45 but children arriving up to 10.30am won't be marked as late, and they won't miss any lessons."


Parents have been quick to praise these schools, and a number of others who have said children can come in later after the match.

"Very pragmatic. Well done those headteachers," one person wrote on Twitter.

Another added: "A great reaction from the schools who realise it's better to have late children than tired children."

Let's face it, it isn't every day football comes home.

Topics: UK News, News, Football

Kimberley Bond
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