STUDENTS and staff at a Wearside primary are celebrating their new status.
Fulwell Infant School is the latest primary in Sunderland to convert to an academy and out of local authority control.
From the beginning of this month, the Ebdon Lane primary will be Fulwell Infant School Academy.
It follows in the footsteps of a number of primaries which have already converted to academy status, including Redby Academy, Benedict Biscop CE Academy and Holley Park Academy.
Wendy Angus, headteacher at Fulwell Infants, said: “The governing body and the leadership team believe this move will enable the academy to manage its finances to meet the specific needs of the children of Fulwell.
“This greater flexibility will be used to support children’s learning and ensure that the academy is able to achieve ‘best value’ for services procured.”
Mrs Angus said there would be very little change and essential things, such as the school uniform, will remain the same.
She said: “Changes for the staff and children will also be negligible, although they will benefit from the additional funds secured in the short term.”
The children celebrated becoming an academy by making their own windmills, which is the school’s new logo, creating a poster wall and enjoying some cake.