Southery Academy pupils showcase their new uniform at the official opening. Picture: Tony Jones.

Southery Primary School has now officially become an academy.

The school, which has around 90 pupils on its roll, is the third primary to become part of the College of West Anglia  (CWA) Academy Trust.

CWA principal and chief executive of the trust, David Pomfret, said he was delighted to officially welcome Southery Academy.

It follows in the footsteps of Nelson Academy in Downham Market and Eastgate Academy in King’s Lynn.

“This is an exciting time, especially for this small community who show such passion for their local school,” said Mr Pomfret.

“We look forward to raising the aspirations of the Southery pupils, as we have with our other two primary academies.”

Mr Pomfret said Southery was the first academy to join the trust which hadn’t previously been in special measures.

But the school was graded as ‘requires improvement’ by Ofsted inspectors in March 2014.

“Our aim is to raise all of our academies to either good or outstanding,” said Mr Pomfret.

On Monday, Southery pupils showcased their new academy uniform which features a split grey goose feather.

This design was inspired by a Fenland superstition, dating back from the 17th century, when is was custom to carry a  split goose feather for help and protection in times of trouble.

Southery Academy principal, Julian Goodrum, said staff and pupils were excited about moving into the next stage of the school development.

He said: “The trust has already been offering valuable support and we look forward to working with other academies in the trust. Our ambition is to provide the village of Southery with the outstanding academy it deserves.”