A Lynn secondary school has announced plans to become an academy if its application has been approved by education chiefs.
King Edward VII School headteacher Mike Douglass says the move would offer greater opportunities for pupils if the Department of Education approves the bid.
The school is being sponsored in the application by the College of West Anglia (CWA), which already sponsors Lynn Academy and Downham Academy.
Mr Douglass has denied that the application is connected to this summer’s poor GCSE results, when 40 per cent of pupils received five A* to C grades including English and maths, as talks to become an academy began in 2012.
He said: “The desire to become an academy was in place when we had an increase in our exam results in 2012.
“We felt it is the right time to seek the chance to convert and be sponsored under the College of West Anglia Trust.
“The opportunities created through working in a bigger collective is something that is really important. We can benefit from the partnership and sharing experiences and expertise.”
Academies have the power to set their own curriculum along with staff pay and conditions.
“They are also free from local authority control as they are funded directly by the Department of Education.
If approved, the college would be held accountable for improving the school’s performance.
An expression of interest was lodged by the school last week following a school governor’s meeting.
The finer detail of curriculum and how the partnership would work are still be to ironed out.
College principal David Pomfret is delighted by the school’s decision.
He said: “The CWA Academy Trust is committed to improving education standards and opportunities in West Norfolk, raising aspiration and providing appropriate accessible pathways into further learning and work.”