Buxton primary school offers pupils a lie-in to watch England in historic Euro 2020 football final

A Buxton primary school has offered children and parents a bit of a lie-in on Monday morning so they can stay up late the night before to watch England take on Italy in the Euro 2020 final.

Friday, 9th July 2021, 4:46 pm

It is a first major tournament final for England’s men since 1966 and households all over the country will be gathering in the hope of witnessing a historic victory for Gareth Southgate’s trailblazing team.

Given the drama could go on until 11pm, Burbage Primary School says pupils can enjoy a late start on Monday morning regardless of the result.

A spokesman said: “We're getting excited, and nervous, about England's first appearance in the final of a major football tournament for 55 years on Sunday.

Pupils at Burbage Primary School will hopefully have lots to celebrate on Monday morning.
Pupils at Burbage Primary School will hopefully have lots to celebrate on Monday morning.

“We are offering the option of a later start on Monday morning to allow those children who wish to watch the match a chance to be better rested before coming to school. Children may arrive either at their normal time or at 10:30am.”

The offer will no doubt come as a relief to parents and carers who may be just as excited.

Responding to the news, parent Margaret Wood was one of several to commend headteacher Anthony Tierney.

She said: “Well done Mr Tierney for showing understanding and common sense, to say nothing of patriotism.”

Speculation has been circulating that the Government may grant a special Bank Holiday if England win, but the short notice for employers means that it is unlikely to be on Monday if it happens at all.

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