Academy switch plan announced for Walpole Cross Keys school

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Officials at a village school have today announced plans to become an academy, under the sponsorship of the West Norfolk Academies Trust.

A consultation on the proposal for the Walpole Cross Keys Primary School is now underway, though meetings for parents to find out more about the scheme have yet to be arranged.

But, if the plan is implemented, the school will complete the transition early in the new year.

Under the plans, the school would become the trust’s fourth primary school in the borough, alongside those at Clenchwarton, Snettisham and West Lynn.

Jo Borley, the executive headteacher of Clenchwarton and West Lynn, is expected to take up a similar role at Walpole Cross Keys after Christmas.

Although trust officials say the plan is still in its early stages, it is hoped the school will open as an academy in February if the conversion process is successfully completed by then.

David Hackett, chairman of the school’s governors, said: “We chose this trust as they have an impressive record with their existing primary schools, allowing each school to maintain its own unique ethos.

“They were able to provide outstanding leadership for our school.”

The school is already part of the Terrington cluster, which includes the Clenchwarton and West Lynn primaries plus St Clement’s High in Terrington St Clement.

Mr Hackett said: “Joining the West Norfolk Academies Trust will cement these existing ties and give us access to additional resources and by working closer together, share best practises to give our children the best possible outcomes.”

The announcement comes just a few days after it was confirmed that the Marshland High School in West Walton will also be converting to an academy under the trust’s sponsorship.

The move was announced after funding plans were agreed with the government.

Roger Livesey, the trust’s chairman, said: “This is fantastic news that another good school has chosen to join our trust.

“I am sure all three of the primary schools, under the excellent leadership of Jo Borley and her team, will go from strength to strength.”