Smithdon set for academy conversion

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Officials at Hunstanton’s Smithdon High School have announced plans for the school to become an academy.

The school’s application to be part of the West Norfolk Acadamies Trust (WNAT) has been approved by the regional schools’ commissioner.

A consultation exercise will now take place and the school hopes the switch will be completed in October.

Huw Griffiths, Smithdon’s chairman of governors, said: “Joining a successful Trust was the next logical step for Smithdon High School as we continue on our journey to becoming an outstanding school.

“We are looking forward to working collaboratively with WNAT’s schools, to provide the young people in our care with the best possible chance of success.”

Smithdon’s headteacher Paul Marsh added: “With the ending of local authority maintenance of schools and the move towards school to school support through academisation, Smithdon can only benefit from belonging to a family of schools and sharing good practice.”

The West Norfolk Academies Trust was established in February 2014 and was formed when Springwood High School sponsored St Clement’s High School.

Springwood converted to an Academy in 2011 and has consistently been one of the highest performing schools across the region.

St Clement’s gained the highest GCSE results in West Norfolk last year, following three years of consistent improvement, while Marshland High School joined the trust last year.

Roger Livesey, chairman of the West Norfolk Academies Trust said: “It is great news that another good school has chosen to join our Trust.

“This is our fourth high school and we are confident that Smithdon will prosper as part of our organisation.”