More schools to allow pupils to come in later after Euro final

A number of schools across Nottinghamshire are allowing children to come in slightly later on Monday so they can watch the Euro 2020 final.

Gareth Southgate’s England side take on Italy on Sunday (July 11) at Wembley with the game kicking off at 8am as Three Lions’ men side seek their first ever victory in the tournament.

Staff at Albany Juniors in Stapleford are allowing children who watch the final to come in a bit later.

In a newsletter to parents, staff said they would rather that children are “well rested and in school ready to learn than absent all day and over tired”.

“It’s just really to take the pressure off families to not have to rush the following day, just to continue this celebration and positivity in to the next day,” said head of school Laura Goffin.

The school in Pasture Road, which has 208 pupils, advised parents that children arriving after the normal time should come to the office and they will be taken to their classrooms by the office staff.

Registration will be open from 8.45am to 10am on the day.

Should the Three Lions lose, Ms Goffin said the national side have “achieved great things already by getting there in the first place”.

“It’s wonderful to have something to celebrate success and enjoy at last as a community after the past tough two years,” she said.

The school will still be open at normal time – and teachers have encouraged pupils to wear an England shirt, a Three Lions kit or red and white clothing to replicate the St George’s Cross.

Fairfield Academy in Stapleford has also sent a message out to all parents to say that any football fans who will be staying up late for Sunday’s final don’t have to be at school until 10.30am.

The Beeston Fields Primary and Nursery School, Boundary Road, is letting children arrive like normal between 8.45am and 9am or between 10.30am and 10.45.

While the William Lilley Infant and Nursery School in Halls Road in Stapleford is also allowing pupils to arrive later.

Head teacher Sally Beardsley said: “This year the children have faced lots of challenges and more than usual.

“As a result the children have shown such resilience and determination.”

She explained the achievements of the national side have created excitement and spirit which the children have bought into.

She added the football was a “fundamental part of our British culture” and it was important to recognise “the importance of the British values and give the opportunity to acknowledge that great determination, that perseverance and that team spirit”.

A school newsletter read: “We know that this is an important time for many and it is a valuable learning opportunity during which the importance of the National Anthem can be discussed as well as values and life skills such as pride, determination, inspiration, success and resilience.”


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