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Newark: Children at Barnby Road Academy offered late start on Monday to stay up late watching England in Euro 2020 final

Children at a Newark school are being offered a late start on Monday.

It is to ensure pupils at Barnby Road Academy can spend quality time with their families watching England in the Euro 2020 final tomorrow evening (Sunday).

Head at the school Steven Chamberlain said learning was not just about reading, writing and maths ­— but the whole childhood experience both in and out of school.

Barnby Road Academy, Newark (43941079)
Barnby Road Academy, Newark (43941079)

In a letter on the school's Facebook page, Mr Chamberlain wrote: "It is 55 years since England’s men's football team reached a major, international final. Watching, joining in with the excitement, coming together as a nation and sharing this enjoyment after such a trying year will be a valuable learning experience, and will create a long-lasting memory.

"It’s an opportunity to celebrate what is good about England; the tradition, the diversity, the flag, the national anthem, resilience, winning, and losing in a dignified manner.

"With this in mind, we would expect that many of our children may well be staying up late ­— maybe beyond 11pm ­— with their families to enjoy and celebrate this event of national pride and significance.

"On Monday, school will still open at the usual time for your child, but anyone arriving at school before 10.30am will not be marked late; we would rather have our fantastic children well-rested and ready to learn in school a little later than have tired and testy pupils who can’t stay awake, even during our most exciting of lessons.

"Year six are off to Holme Pierrepont on Monday for an exciting treat so they will need to be in at the normal time. Sorry!

"Enjoy this momentous occasion with your children and, COME ON ENGLAND!"

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