The governors have voted unanimously to take the step and join the acadamies sponsored by the West Norfolk Acadamies Trust.

A statement from the school said: “Over the last term everyone in the school has been working hard to move our school forward and as part of this activity the governors have been in contact with local academy sponsors.

“The governors and interim head teacher, John Marshall-Grint have already begun to work with the trust to design a consultation process with all staff.”

An Ofsted report, published in October last year, said the school was ‘inadequate’ overall and it was placed in special measures.

A November monitoring report from Ofsted said: “The school’s improvement plan clearly identifies the actions you plan to take in order to improve the school’s effectiveness. Challenging targets for pupils in all year groups underpin the plan and these are ensuring that there is a greater focus on how well pupils are doing.”

The school has received government permission to convert to an academy.