Headteacher quits job to travel to Brazil to watch World Cup

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A headteacher in England was so determined to experience the excitement of the World Cup that he quit his job.

Football mad Mark Williams told governors at High Lawn Primary School in Bolton that he wanted to leave the school so he could go to the tournament in South America.

It was agreed that Mr Williams would take two weeks of unpaid leave during the World Cup, before returning to the school for the rest of the summer term.

Mr Williams told This Is Lancashire: "I offered my resignation to governors so I could fulfil the trip of a lifetime.

"However, it was agreed with governors that it would be best for the school for me to continue until the end of the year and have unpaid leave of absence for the two-week period."

Mr Williams has achieved a "good with outstanding" Ofsted mark twice while at the school.

David Kay, chairman of governors, added: "Earlier in the year, Mr Williams offered his resignation to the governing body so that he could attend the World Cup in Brazil and then pursue alternative career opportunities.

"Governors agreed that it would be in the best interests of the school to grant unpaid leave of absence for this visit but for Mr Williams to stay on for the remainder of the summer term to ensure a smooth transition into the next academic year.

"It would not have been acceptable for governors to grant unpaid leave of absence without Mr Williams offering his resignation."

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