Pupils allowed home early in Telford to watch England

A Shropshire school allowed pupils to go home early so they could watch England's World Cup tie with Slovenia.

Parents of youngsters at Sir Alexander Fleming Primary School in Telford were told they could collect their children in time for the kick off at 1500 BST.

Teachers looked after youngsters who had to stay behind until normal closing time at 1515 BST. A school spokesman said it was "a unique occasion".

Telford Council confirmed schools were allowed to close early.

One parent told BBC Shropshire: "They sent us a letter to say because of the football they would be finishing early.

'Unique occasion'

"To be fair, they don't have to leave early. If parents are working there are facilities where teachers are waiting for the kids that can't leave."

But children who do have to stay behind were not be allowed to watch the game.

The decision was taken after consultation with governors, the school said.

England won 1-0 and earned a place in the World Cup last 16. They meet Germany in the next round at 1500 BST on Sunday.

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