Gaywood academy switch revealed

School Days at Gaywood Community Primary School.
School Days at Gaywood Community Primary School.
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Gaywood Community Primary School has announced plans to become an academy within the West Norfolk Academies Trust (WNAT).

Parents and staff are set to be consulted on the move, which officials hope will be completed by June.

Headteacher Paul Shanks said: “The trust has an excellent reputation for improving outcomes and will provide an invaluable opportunity for our children to start school at four and journey all the way through to 18.

“This is an exciting opportunity that we are all proud to be part of.”

If the move is implemented, Gaywood will become the seventh primary sector school to join WNAT.

The trust also oversees four West Norfolk high schools – Springwood in Lynn, Smithdon in Hunstanton, St Clement’s in Terrington St Clement and Marshland at West Walton.

There are currently more than 400 pupils enrolled at Gaywood, which is a feeder school to Springwood.

WNAT chairman Roger Livesey said: “We are absolutely delighted that such a good school as Gaywood Primary has joined us.

“We think both parties will benefit enormously. A good school like Gaywood will give the trust more capacity to move forward in the primary sector. It is a win, win situation.”