Snettisham Primary School has taken a major step towards becoming an academy after governors voted unanimously to back the move.
The school has been seeking academy status as part of efforts to improve its future, having been placed in special measures by Ofsted last July.
It has now received an academy order, signed by the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, approving academisation of the school with sponsors, the West Norfolk Academy Trust, formerly Springwood High School Academy Trust.
The governors and interim headteacher, John Marshall-Grint, have already begun working with the trust to draw up a consultation process with school staff, and the move will be discussed with parents in due course.
Mr Marshall-Grint said: “We know that this development, with its range of opportunities alongside our current cluster working, gives our school a very bright future.
“Our governors are looking forward to playing a key role in the trust as local champions of Snettisham Primary School.”
Roger Livesey, chairman of the West Norfolk Academies Trust, said: “The trust is looking forward to working closely with the Snettisham Primary School community to ensure the very best for the young people of the school.
“We congratulate the Governors, Mr Marshall-Grint and the staff on the progress they have made.”