Headteacher quits to take World Cup 'trip of a lifetime'

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A headteacher has quit his job so he can travel to Brazil for the World Cup on a "trip of a lifetime".

Football mad Mark Williams told governors at High Lawn Primary School in Bolton that he wanted to resign to attend the tournament.

But the Daily Mail reports that instead of letting him go, the school gave him two weeks unpaid leave during term time to travel to South America.

Williams flew to Brazil on Wednesday and will return to the school in July for the end of the summer term.

Speaking to This is Lancashire, he said: "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, said that it was at the school's best interest to grant him unpaid leave.

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