School slammed for allowing pupils to sleep in after Euros final

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File image (PA Archive)
File image (PA Archive)

A primary school has been criticised after it gave its pupils permission to come in late the day after the Euros final.

Rossmere primary school, in Hartlepool, was slammed on Facebook after publishing a post explaining that it would still open at 8.40am but children could arrive at school as late as 10.30am.

The school said students would not be marked as late if they decided to sleep in after watching the clash between England and Italy on Sunday night.

The game, which kicks off at Wembley at 8pm, will be the first time England has reached final in a major tournament since 1966.

Rossmere’s post, which has been shared by more than 40,000 people, initially read: “We would rather have children rested and in school ready to learn rather than absent all day or grumpy.”

But immediately after it was published, the post attracted “negative comments” from people across the country.

Rossmere primary school  facebook post (Rossmere primary school/Facebook)
Rossmere primary school facebook post (Rossmere primary school/Facebook)

This prompted the school to quickly defend its decision to allow children to come in late

Rossmere said it was not encouraging children to stay off school but “quite the opposite.”

It added: “With a number of parents being allowed time off work on the Monday, we didn’t want to see children taking the whole day off because they were tired.

“Allowing some to come in later means that they will be ready for learning when they arrive. Swapping the timetable round means they won’t miss learning.

“The job of schools is to give children the best experiences possible, which will help in their education. This is an event of national pride and is such an important teaching point that we want children to be part of that.”

The government has urged employers to consider time off or flexible working on Monday.

England’s 2-1 victory over Denmark on Wednesday night led to wild celebrations including a petition for an emergency bank holiday.

A spokesperson for the government responded to calls for a day off on Monday by saying: “We would want businesses who feel able to consider it, if they can, but we recognise it will vary depending on the business and company.”

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