Friday morning saw Eastgate Academy becoming Lynn’s first primary school as part of the College of West Anglia Academy Trust, joining forces with other schools across the area.
Creating a family of academies, the school is now in the partnership with King’s Lynn Academy, Downham Market Academy and Nelson Academy.
CWA principal and chief executive of the CWA Academy Trust, David Pomfret, said: “I am delighted to officially welcome Eastgate Academy as the first primary school in Lynn to join the Trust.
“Eastgate Academy is joining a mutually-supportive family of academies with strong leadership practices which aims to bring out the best in each other and, most importantly, in all of our students and pupils.”
Leading Eastgate Academy is principal, Linda Hothersall, who joined the school five years ago and has been leading it through change and its new status as an academy.
Mrs Hothersall has lived in Norfolk for more than 15 years and has worked for several years as both a teacher and then a headteacher at Brancaster Primary School.
She said: “I am very excited by becoming part of the CWA Academy Trust family of schools. The partnerships that we are already beginning to make are going to have a massive impact on the attainment of the pupils and I feel strongly that we will be able to offer even more to the families of the community we serve.
“We are a passionate staff here at Eastgate Academy, and we are privileged to work with committed and highly motivated pupils and families. With such great support, the sky is the limit.”
Mr Pomfret added: ““We are seeing great progress at our two secondary academies and I am really pleased at the positive development of our first primary academy – Nelson Academy in Downham.
“I am equally confident that we can harness the support, expertise and commitment to excellence within the Trust to help Eastgate to deliver an outstanding education for its pupils.”
Eastgate was created as a school on its present site back in 1911 and while it has an interesting past, now enjoys a present and future with so much to offer pupils.
The first building was burned down and was then rebuilt and still with the name of St James. In the 1960s the school was for infants, split into St James Boys and St James Girls.
Girls would stay on after infants and boys would move to the nearby Greyfriars, off London Road.
In the 1980s, the school became Eastgate Community Primary, a mixed all-through primary school and now it boasts 266 pupils.
Community plays a big part in the life of the academy. Parents are encouraged to go into school and cafes are regularly held in class for parents to join their children in different activities such as reading, maths and science.
It is hoped to build a Community Cabin so that Eastgate can extend some of these activities and have a dedicated space where workshops can take place.
Eastgate Academy has playgrounds, a science garden, pond, animal menageries with chickens, birds, chipmunks and even guinea pigs which are taken for walks.
The school council plays a big part in the life of the school, helping to choose the new school name and uniform.
The school is proud of its new name and uniform and the children excited about their smart new uniform.