Children at many primary schools have been told that they will not need to come in until 10.30am on Monday after the Euro 2020 final


Primary schools will allow pupils to turn up late on Monday morning so they can stay up late to watch Sunday night’s Euro 2020 final between Italy and England.

Parents were told youngsters would not be punished or miss any lessons if they arrived later than usual. 

It comes after Downing Street urged employers to be flexible and allow staff nursing hangovers to go into work late on Monday or even take the day off if England win the tournament.

The match will be over by 10pm if settled in 90 minutes, but could finish at closer to 11pm if it goes to extra time and potentially a penalty shoot-out.

England midfielder Declan Rice broke the news to children at Little Parndon school in Harlow, Essex in a video,saying: "Just wanted to let you all now that Mr Evans is letting you all coming in late on Monday morning after the game on Sunday.

"Thank you all for supporting, we really appreciate it and hopefully I can see you all some day soon!"

England's Declan Rice passed on a message to children at Little Parndon school in Harlow, Essex

Credit: Eddie Keogh/The FA Collection

Broseley Primary in Dark Lane, Broseley, Shropshire, was among dozens of other schools to tell parents they could bring their children in late on Monday if they wanted to stay up to watch England.

In a message posted online, headteacher Sam Alston wrote: "You may have noticed that England have reached a major final for the first time in 55 years. From speaking to many of our parents, their children will be staying up to watch it. Therefore, you can bring your child to school as late as 10am on the Monday morning and they will not be marked late.

"Hopefully this will mean that children (and parents) can have a bit longer in bed and won’t be tired and emotional throughout the day…"

Staff at St Mary’s Catholic School in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham,  told parents that they would rather have children rested and ready to learn than absent or "grumpy".

In a letter to parents, the school 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 grumpy!

"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."

Meanwhile the Trades Union Congress (TUC) said the game would be a "historic moment" for the country and urged bosses to offer employees a late start or the whole day off to nurse their hangovers.

Frances O’Grady, the union’s general secretary, said: "Bosses should talk to their staff about flexible working arrangements ahead of Monday morning, perhaps allowing them to start later and claim back their time afterwards.

"And bosses should show flexibility too towards the 2.2 million workers who work on a Sunday, many of them key workers. Many of them will want to watch the match, and they should be able to, either at work or by finishing early and making up the time."