Primary school renames itself after England captain Harry Kane

School renames itself after Harry Kane

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A primary school renamed itself after Harry Kane ahead of England’s clash with Italy in Sunday’s Euro 2020 final.

What had been known as Howard Junior School in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, temporarily changed its name to Harry Kane Junior School in honour of the England captain.

Football fever reached boiling point after the national side’s 2-1 win over Denmark midweek and staff and pupils decided to ‘make the most of it’ after 18 months’ of remote learning.

Children had their faces painted and held up inflatable trophies while belting out fan favourite anthem Sweet Caroline, while ‘an entire field of Harry Kanes’ sung Three Lions.

Ash Kirwan, the school’s deputy head teacher, said the school decided to honour the England skipper because the head teacher is from the same area in Chingford, Essex, and went to the same primary school as him, albeit a few years earlier.

He told LBC: ‘The whole school is supporting England and we just thought it would be a lovely thing for the kids who find it brilliant that we’ve renamed the school.’

But Mr Kirwan said the name change was only a ‘small part’ of the school’s celebrations.

He added: ‘We’ve been doing some face paint for all the children, we’ve also had an entire field of Harry Kanes – we’ve got 200 Harry Kanes on the field in masks singing Three Lions, Sweet Caroline.’

Mr Kirwan said the festivities had been ‘the light at the end of the tunnel’ for the youngsters after enduring ‘two academic years of disrupted learning’, adding: ‘So, we thought we’d go all out and make the real most of it.’

The school also renamed its Twitter account, complete with a brand new logo.

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