Clackclose Primary School is looking forward to the future after starting the new year as an academy.

The Downham Market school is the first primary school to come under the umbrella of the College of West Anglia Academy Trust.

The school has been renamed The Nelson Academy and on Wednesday the pupils showed off their new uniform.

Principal Louise Ward said  everyone was “really positive” on the first day back on Tuesday after the Christmas break.

“The children love the new uniform and the feedback from parents has been positive,” she said.

Clackclose was put into special measures in November 2012 following a critical Ofsted inspection and has been making progress towards  turning  this around.

Mrs Ward said the academy status gave the school the chance to consolidate and build on what had been a good start.

Speaking of the way forward, Mrs Ward said: “We are a different school to the one which went into special measures,” adding becoming part of the college Academy Trust  gives the school “something to build on”.

The CWA Academy Trust  has a commitment to raising achievement, collaboration and support to enable pupils to achieve their potential.

Approval has recently been given for Eastgate Primary in King’s Lynn – which is also in special measures – to become an academy sponsored by the CWA Trust.

And governors at the King Edward VII High School in Lynn have also voted to apply for academy status as part of the Trust following the school being placed in special measures last year after a highly critical Ofsted inspection.

Academies are publically-funded schools which are no longer under local authority control. They are established and managed by private sponsors instead.