Edward Worlledge Community Primary School in Southtown, Great Yarmouth to become an Ormiston Academies Trust school

Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy
principal Dawn Kightley.
Picture: James Bass

Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy principal Dawn Kightley. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2014

A primary school is being taken over by a national academy chain.

Edward Worlledge Community Primary School in Great Yarmouth will become an Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) school and will be known as Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy.

Principal at Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy Dawn Kightley said it was a voluntary decision by the school, its staff and governors who felt it is the right choice for the school.

She added: 'It gives us the opportunity to choose the most appropriate curriculum for our pupils and to maximise their enjoyment, success and future prospects.

'Our ethos is to be a successful, caring school with a strong commitment to excellence and opportunities for our pupils, staff and community, and this fits in perfectly with OAT.'

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Chairman of the governing body Robert Bond said it was is an exciting time.

He added: 'We believe the academy conversion is an opportunity for providing excellent learning opportunities and raising standards of education for our children.'

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'We have a long tradition of nurturing our pupils, academically and emotionally, and of supporting our parents. This will continue with OAT.'

The other three Ormiston schools in the area are Ormiston Herman Academy, formerly Herman Primary School and Oriel Venture Academy, formerly Oriel High School, both in Oriel Avenue, Gorleston, and Cliff Park Ormiston Academy, formerly Cliff Park High School, in Kennedy Avenue, Gorleston.

Edward Worlledge will still have its own governing body but will have new academy branding and a new logo.

The school day will not be changed but new signage has been put up and new uniform will be phased in.

Norfolk County Council will invest funds to build new classroom structures, replacing the temporary accommodation currently in use.

OAT is a not-for-profit academy trust, sponsoring 31 schools across the UK since 2008.

A spokesman for OAT said: 'Becoming an academy provides a range of new and exciting possibilities and an opportunity to review existing practice and provision to see where improvements can be made.'

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