Pupils took great delight in throwing their school jumpers into the air as they celebrated a new name and image.

Howard Infant and Nursery School at Gaywood has joined a new seven-school academy trust, which came into force last Thursday.

Pupils celebrated being part of KWEST Multi-Academy Trust with a new name – King’s Oak Academy – and a new uniform.

Paul Donkersloot, KWEST’s chief executive, said: “We are delighted King’s Oak is one of our seven schools. We are a group of schools coming together who share the same philosophy and culture and the same way of teaching and learning.”

He added it was ambitious to start with as many as seven schools but the expectation was to expand further in the future.

Guests including West Norfolk Mayor Carol Bower, headteachers and chief executive of the new trust, Paul Donkersloot, former headteacher at Churchill Park School, marked the step forward on Monday.

Curriculum innovation leader at King’s Oak, Gavin Raynor, said the school was looking forward to sharing resources with other schools within the trust comprising The Bridges Foundation schools (St German’s, Magdalen and Wimbotsham) and Lynn’s Churchill Park, Greyfriars primary and Highgate Infant.

Mr Raynor said: “There are seven schools within the trust and it will be much easier to share information, resources, staff, ideas and really benefit our children’s education. We will be able to work with each other in a collaborative way within a new seven-schools identity.”