Primary school in Cornwall is to let pupils go in an hour late so they can watch England in the Euro 2020 final this Sunday.

Southerly Point Co-operative Multi Academy Trust, which oversees 17 primary schools and two secondary schools in the Helston and Lizard area, said they would rather have well-rested pupils, adding that it was a chance for children to learn about "character", as well as "pride and resilience and possibly disappointment."

It's after the England squad made it through to the finals of the European football competition - the first time England has achieved this feat in any major football tournament since the World Cup in 1966, some 55 years ago.

This Sunday's final against Italy at Wembley Stadium will not begin until 8pm and, if it should go on to extra time and penalties, the match may not finish until almost 11pm.

In an announcement to parents on social media, 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 in bed a bit longer and get to school by 10am on Monday.

"We would rather have children rested and in school ready to learn than absent all day or grumpy! 

"School will start at 8.45am but children arriving up to 10am won’t be marked as late, and they won’t miss any lessons.

"It’s 55 years since the England men’s team 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."

It was announced yesterday evening that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was giving permission to schools and businesses to start later on Monday, if they chose to do so.