GAYWOOD Community Primary will be the latest school to join the West Norfolk Academies Trust (WNAT), it has been announced.

The trust is currently made up of four local secondary schools and six primary schools.

Headteacher Paul Shanks, said: “I am really pleased that Gaywood Primary is joining the West Norfolk Academies Trust.

“The trust has an excellent reputation for improving outcomes and will provide an invaluable opportunity for our children to start school at four and journey all the way through to eighteen.

“This is an exciting opportunity that we are all proud to be part of.”

Andy Moyle, chairman of governors, said: “The governors believe that joining WNAT will continue to strengthen the educational opportunities for Gaywood pupils and will offer more opportunities for collaboration with other trust schools.”

Gaywood Primary has 421 pupils on roll and feeds directly into the trust’s Springwood High School.

Andy Johnson, executive headteacher of the trust and headteacher of Springwood High School, said: “It is great that Gaywood as a ‘good’ school, has chosen to join us.

“As headteacher of Springwood High School I am particularly pleased to work closely with a large feeder school.”

The Trust will be consulting with staff and parents in the coming months.

Roger Livesey, chairman of the West Norfolk Academies Trust, said: “We think that both parties will benefit enormously.

“A good school like Gaywood will give the trust more capacity to move forward in the primary sector.

“It is a win, win situation.”