Second Heacham school seeks to join academy group

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The Heacham Infant and Nursery School has announced plans to become an academy, under the sponsorship of the West Norfolk Academies Trust.

The move comes after the village’s junior school revealed its intention to join the organisation in January.

The application will now be considered by a regional headteachers’ panel, who will decide whether to allow the conversion to take place.

But trust officials hope the transitions, which will take the number of schools in the organisation to nine if completed, will be completed later this year.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the school said: “As a specialist infant school, we pride ourselves on helping each of our children learn, discover and grow in confidence and on making sure that learning is enjoyable at the most important stage in their development.

“We want to make sure that we can carry on working closely with Heacham Junior School and believe that joining this successful and expanding academy trust - which shares our ethos of child-centred learning - will help us to do so.”

The trust’s chairman, Roger Livesey, said: “We are delighted that another good local school will be joining West Norfolk Academies Trust.”

The trust was formed two years ago when Lynn’s Springwood High School sponsored St Clement’s High in Terrington St Clement when it converted to academy status.

Since then, the Marshland High School in West Walton has joined the trust, along with the primary schools in Clenchwarton, Snettisham, Walpole Cross Keys and West Lynn.