A NUMBER of schools across the region have said that football fans can have the morning off the day after the huge England game on Sunday.

Several schools across the North East have told parents their children can attend later than planned in order to let them share the historic event.

After defeating Denmark, England are set to take on Italy in the final of the Euro 2020 on Sunday night - the first time in more than five decades since reaching this position.

And schools are saying they are recognising the importance of the game, with one encouraging their pupils to be well-rested before starting another week of classes.

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St Mary's Catholic School in Newton Aycliffe told parents last night that they would rather have children rested and ready to learn than absent or "grumpy."

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In a letter to parents, it said: "If your child is a football fan and likely to be staying up until after 11pm on Sunday 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 grump!

>>>See below the list of North East schools taking part<<<<

"School will still start at the normal time for each bubble but children arriving up to 10.30 won't be marked as late, and they won't miss any lessons.

"It's 55 years since England reached a major football final so let them watch, talk about the importance of the National Anthem, talk about pride and resilience and  possibly disappointment, This is a learning opportunity."

'This will undoubtedly be a historical moment'

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Wingate Primary School in the County Durham village, near Peterlee, echoed the Newton Aycliffe school and said children can remain off until 10.30am to allow for a lie-in.

It said: "As it is 55 years since England were in a major football final, children can come in a bit late on Monday if they've stayed up to watch England in the Euros 2020 final.

"Anyone in by 10.30 will still get their mark. This will undoubtedly be a historical moment for our country."

Some are scrapping uniform for the day

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Heathfield Primary School in Darlington has said its pupils will be able to come in at 10.30am on Monday and also be able to wear red/white clothing.

It said: "If you need to be a little late following the Euro 2020 final don't worry.

"School will be open as normal but anyone arriving before 10.30 will not be marked as late.

"We will also allow children to wear red/white clothing, football shirts or non-uniform on Monday. We hope you enjoy the game. Come on England."

More schools taking part across the region

- Mill Lane Primary School, Stockton

- St Cuthbert's Catholic Primary School, Stockton

- Rossmere Primary School, Hartlepool

We will be updating this article throughout the day.


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