King Edward VII Academy in King's Lynn.

A multi-million pound investment is set to be ploughed into a King’s Lynn secondary school which will help bring its “vision into a reality”.

King Edward VII Academy (KES) has been taken over by the Inspiration Trust which oversees 14 schools across Norfolk and Suffolk.

The education group said it had secured £3.25m  from the Department of Education.

Academy principal, Sarah Hartshorn, said: “I am delighted to be able to announce that King Edward VII Academy is now officially part of the Inspiration Trust family of schools. 

“I would like to publicly thank both trusts for making this transfer as seamless as possible, working so hard collectively over the summer to ensure we reached this point before the start of the new term. 

“Myself and my team are very excited about this next stage in King Edward VII’s journey. The sleeping giant had already awoken, now it’s time to hear it roar.”

Ofsted rated the school as inadequate two years ago but following a monitoring inspection earlier this year, staff were praised for acting quickly to maintain pupils’ learning during the pandemic.

Gareth Stevens, Inspiration Trust’s chief executive officer, said: “We are excited to have King Edward VII as part of our family of schools.  We will ensure the school continues to improve, with the expectation the school will be judged outstanding within three years.  

“There is an incredibly close bond between the community of King’s Lynn and King Edward VII, so it is our responsibility to ensure King Edward VII is at the epicentre of academic excellence in West Norfolk.  

“We have already worked closely with the Department of Education, and have secured £3.25m in order to bring our vision to reality.  

“The school will benefit, not only from its current world class sporting facilities, but new, state of the art ICT, new drama and music studios and new science laboratories.  King Edward VII will once again be a community asset all of King’s Lynn can be proud of.”