City of Norwich School

Headteacher's Message, Friday 9th September 2022

It is with great sadness that the nation has learned of the passing of Queen Elizabeth. She has served us with dignity and dedication and leaves an immense legacy in her 70 years of service in an ever-changing world.  CNS and OAT will observe the mourning period but please assume any scheduled activities and events will continue as planned. We will observe the national holiday scheduled for Her Majesty’s funeral, which means schools will be closed that day and we will update you when we have more information. 

As the news of the Queen’s passing broke, many Year 7 parents and carers were in CNS, meeting with House Teams and Form Tutors. This is an important evening that establishes the home school connection which is so important for the success of all our students. Working in partnership provides united support for your children, and I look forward to increased opportunities this year for parental engagement in CNS. 

All students have made an excellent start to the year, and I am particularly impressed by Year 7 and the polite and independent way they are adjusting to life at CNS.  We also welcomed a new Year 12 cohort to CNS this week, with students from schools across Norwich and Norfolk. They too have made a marvelous start to the year with excellent attitudes to their learning. 

I would also like to use this first newsletter of the year to congratulate Year 11 and Year 13 on their superb exam results in the summer. After so much disruption students excelled themselves and we are all very proud of their success. It is also testimony to our outstanding CNS teaching and support staff who worked so hard in ensuring students were equipped and confident entering their exams. 

I wish you all a happy and peaceful year ahead and please be reassured that we are here to support families if they are facing hardship and difficulties in the challenging times we live in. 

Jo Philpott 
Twitter: @head_cns_school