Southery Primary School to become academy

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A struggling West Norfolk school will become an academy in the spring after becoming the latest to join a growing academy trust.

Southery Primary School will convert to an academy from April next year, under the sponsorship of the College of West Anglia (CWA) Academy Trust, after being granted approval by the Secretary of State for Education.

Southery will be the sixth school to become an academy with the CWA Academy Trust and will join the Nelson Academy in Downham and Eastgate Academy in Lynn to become the third primary academy in the Trust family.

The school’s governing body made the decision to convert to academy status, with CWA as its preferred sponsor, earlier this year.

In January, education inspectors told governors and senior leaders that they were not taking effective action to tackle areas requiring improvement at the school, as identified in its last Ofsted inspection in March 2014.

They said progress on improving the quality of teaching and effectiveness of subject leadership was “insufficient”, and that “immediate action” was required.

Chair of governors Cath Robson said she was confident becoming an academy with the CWA Trust offers “an excellent opportunity to move the school forward quickly”.

Headteacher Julian Goodrum added: “This is exciting news for the school. I have been really impressed with the rapid progress made by both Nelson and Eastgate since joining the Trust and I am looking forward to working in close partnership with them to help us further raise achievement at Southery.”

David Pomfret, chief executive of the CWA Academy Trust, said: “Our approach is to develop a mutually-supportive family of academies with strong leadership practices to bring out the best in each other and, most importantly, in all of our students.

“Nelson and Eastgate have made fantastic progress since joining us and I am confident that we can harness the support, expertise and commitment to excellence within the Trust to help Southery to deliver an outstanding education for its pupils.”

The Trust will work with the headteacher and consult with parents in the coming months in preparation for provisional opening of the new academy on April 1, 2016.