A number of schools in Herefordshire have taken the decision to open later on Monday, to allow children to get a decent nights sleep after England play in the Euro 2020 final against Italy on Sunday evening.

Stefan Davies, Director at Your Herefordshire said:

“Yesterday evening we shared a post on social media about a school in the UK that was opening at 10.30am on Monday to allow children to watch the final and not to worry about getting up early the next day. We didn’t expect it to get much response but within minutes, local schools were announcing that they intend to do the same.

“I think it’s great. A fantastic opportunity for children to enjoy the match. At 30 years old I remember going into school early to watch England play Brazil. It really is a once in a generation moment and I think schools should be congratulated for doing all they can to ensure children and parents can enjoy this moment of history.”

Brampton Abbotts Primary School posted the following on Facebook:

“On Monday, if you want your children to watch the big match on Sunday night, feel free to come in later! We will keep registers open until 10.30am. You’re welcome!”

Canon Pyon CE Academy posted:

“We have lots of football fans at Canon Pyon CE Academy. We are sure many will be staying up Sunday to watch the final. Let them stay in bed a bit longer Monday and arrive by 10:30am.

“We would rather have the children rested and in school ready to learn rather than absent all day. School will start at normal times for those who need to come to school as usual.

“Those arriving by 10:30 will not be marked as late and won’t miss any lessons. It’s 55 years since England reached a major football final so let them watch, talk about the importance on the National Anthem, talk about pride and resilience and possibly disappointment. This is a learning opportunity. It’s coming home.”