City of Norwich School

Headteacher's Message, Friday 16th March 2018

I am writing this on Thursday, ahead of going to the Ormiston Academy Trust Annual Awards Ceremony in London. I am delighted to announce that this year, CNS are in receipt of two awards. Hannah Richmond for achieving the highest GCSE point score in the trust and Ben Pease-Barton is being presented with the creativity award. Both students are deserving recipients and I will be a very proud Headteacher this evening, though I am sure parental pride will be even greater. Following this, on Friday, I will be meeting with other Ormiston Principal's at the Annual Principals Conference and I look forward to sharing ideas and experiences with them.

The Norwich Opportunity Area work is gathering momentum with students benefitting from projects such as NEACO. Last week, two of our Head Students, Abbie and Pippin, attended a Youth Board Event to bid for £10,000 of funds for a project to support social mobility. They were successful in being shortlisted and on Friday, will hear if they will be granted the funds. At our regular meeting this week, they told me how much they valued the opportunity and how being questioned by Chloe Smith MP for 10 minutes is an experience they won't forget.

GCSE Preferences Evening on Thursday will have provided an opportunity for parents and students to discuss possible pathways as students move into Year 10. As a parent, it always feels too soon to be making these decisions and the information and advice provided will ensure that families feel supported in making the right choice. Even if you have older children at the school, please do take time to read the new guidance; the GCSEs have increased in content and depth over recent years and the course my son in Y11 follows is not comparable with those of his older brothers.

I am looking forward to seeing many families from across the county at our Super Science Saturday this weekend, if you are coming, I will see you there.

I hope you have a good weekend and enjoy whatever you are doing.

Jo Philpott

Twitter: @head_cns_school