World Cup fevers hits King’s Lynn school

World Cup fevers hits King’s Lynn school

The England football squad have made an impromptu visit to a West Norfolk school – only they have shrunk in size and have slightly flatter faces.

Even England manager Gareth Southgate was seen teaching a Year 4 class at Howard Junior School, in King’s Lynn, but he answered to the name Mr Ashley Kirwan.

Headteacher Gregory Hill explained: “We are having the biggest celebration in Norfolk for the World Cup.

“We have all the players here and a Year 4 teacher who looks like Gareth Southgate, he even came into school with a beard.

“Mr Parsons in Year 3 has been coming in everyday with an England flag painted on his head.”

World Cup fevers hits King’s Lynn school
Howard Junior School pupils in Gaywood are celebrating England’s progress at the World Cup. Pictured with Year Three Class Teacher Rob Parsons are (L) Kezia Goldsmith (10) and Alana McNeice (10). Picture: Ian Burt

The youngsters have filmed a motivational video to send to the England team to wish them well in the World Cup.

But World Cup fever has well and truly settled in as the school have got bunting and cake at the ready for the World Cup final this weekend.

World Cup fevers hits King’s Lynn school
Howard Junior School pupils in Gaywood are celebrating England’s progress at the World Cup. Picture: Ian Burt

Mr Hill added: “We are planning the biggest party Norfolk has ever seen.

“There is an amazing vibe here, we have had England lessons, World Cup lessons and FIFA lessons, the children are loving every second of it.”

World Cup fevers hits King’s Lynn school
Howard Junior School pupils in Gaywood are celebrating England’s progress at the World Cup. Picture: Ian Burt

Mr Hill said he even has a special connection with the England team – he grew up in Chingford alongside Harry Kane and David Beckham.

“I am the same age as David Beckham and he went to Chase Lane Primary School and I went to Larkswood Primary just down the road, the same school Harry Kane went to.
“I spent my whole childhood in Chingford, the same as David Beckham. I used to play football with him around the park so watching England play means a lot to me.”

World Cup fevers hits King’s Lynn school
Howard Junior School pupils in Gaywood are celebrating England’s progress at the World Cup. Picture: Ian Burt
World Cup fevers hits King’s Lynn school
Teachers Rob Parsons and Ashley Kirwan with youngsters from Howard Junior School cheering on England in the World Cup. Picture: Howard Junior School
World Cup fevers hits King’s Lynn school
Howard Junior School year four teacher Ashley Kirwan. Picture: Ian Burt
World Cup fevers hits King’s Lynn school
Howard Junior School head teacher Greg Hill. Picture: Ian Burt
World Cup fevers hits King’s Lynn school
Pupils at Howard Junior School taking penalties. Picture: Ian Burt
World Cup fevers hits King’s Lynn school
Howard Junior School pupils in Gaywood are celebrating England’s progress at the World Cup. Picture: Ian Burt
World Cup fevers hits King’s Lynn school
Howard Junior School pupils in Gaywood are celebrating England’s progress at the World Cup. Pictured is Alfie Bruce (8). Picture: Ian Burt

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