North Durham Academy has been criticised by parents for its hardline stance (Image: Google Maps)
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Parents have criticised a “party-pooping” school for threatening pupils with detention if they are late on Monday after staying up to watch England's Euro 2020 final.
In a message from North Durham Academy, in Stanley, County Durham, students were told they had to be at their desks with “no exception”.
The hard-line stance comes as many schools across the country are letting their pupils start later following tonight’s Euro 2020 final with Italy.
The school has been branded "party poopers" and parents have called the decision “ridiculous” and “shocking”, Chronicle Live reports.
In the message posted on social media the school said: “There will be NO exception for any child coming late to school on Monday, July 12.
“School will commence as usual at 8.30am and any lates will incur a detention.”
The message from the school was put out on social media but has since been removed
According to Chronicle Live one disgruntled person wrote: “Absolutely shocking.
"Had a terrible year, the first bit of cheer and the school did this. Feel for the kids.”
Another said: "You’d think they would get some sort of leeway after the year they’ve had!”
Following complaints, the post was removed.
Mirror Online has contacted the school for comment.
Millions are expected to tune in to watch Harry Kane and the England team during the final tonight
In a statement, a school spokesman said: 'We hope England win on Sunday. A child of secondary age should be able to get up for school to access their learning, on time, even if the match goes into penalties.
"In line with our Punctuality Policy, we were merely reminding parents that being late to school carries the sanction of a detention."
With tonight’s 8pm kick-off extra time could mean the game ends at around 11pm.
However, across the country, many schools and bosses have decided to offer pupils and staff a later start following the historic final.
Downing Street said employers who could be "flexible" should allow staff to go into work late or let them take the day off if England triumphs.
Meanwhile, some schools see the final as an important event for schoolchildren to watch.
Rossmere Primary School in Hartlepool has said children can have a lie-in on Monday morning and will be able to turn up at 10.30am.
Pupils from North Durham Academy in Stanley pictured at its official opening
(Image: Newcastle Chronicle)
A school spokesman told Teesside Live : "We would rather have children rested and in school ready to learn rather than absent all day or grumpy."
Similarly, Fairfield Academy in Stapleford, West Nottinghamshire, told all parents that football fans staying up late for Sunday's game can start the school day at 10.30am.
And pupils at Salcombe Church of England Primary School in Devon have been encouraged to stay up to watch the game.
If England wins tonight it will mark the men's football team's first major tournament victory since their World Cup win in 1966.
Reports suggest Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under increasing pressure to announce a national day off if England triumphs tonight.
It would become the nation's ninth bank holiday.