City of Norwich School

Headteacher's Message Friday 15th September

I have had the pleasure of meeting many parents and carers this week at our information evenings. On Wednesday evening, Mr. Lee led a Duke of Edinburgh Launch and on Thursday, we welcomed Year 10 parents to gather information regarding their child’s curriculum. Information evenings are an essential means of communicating with parents and carers and are of great importance to me. As a parent, knowing how to support your child can be challenging and walking the line of support can be tricky as it can be wrongly perceived by your child as interference. These evenings go some way to helping this process and allowing you to have the tools needed to not only help and support your child but also to be involved in their curricular and co-curricular activities.

On Saturday we welcomed many visitors to the school as part of our Heritage Open Days; former students, oversees visitors and prospective students dropped in for a tour and a look through the memorabilia. It was fascinating to listen to stories of the school’s heritage and our local history; as a history teacher, I found their stories particularly interesting.

The application deadline for Head Persons passed on Wednesday and next week Mrs George, (Sixth Form Progress Coordinator) and I will be interviewing for the new and prestigious posts. The two successful candidates will work in a team with two Deputy Head Persons from Y11 (yet to be appointed) as ambassadors of CNS at internal and external events. I am anticipating the interviews being a difficult process based on the quality of the applications and the rich individual skill set the students have to offer.

Students in all years have been working hard this week and are keen to impress their new teachers. As homework begins to be set, please do use ‘Show My Homework’. If you are unable to access it, please contact the school reception (01603 274000) who will liaise with our data team for your parental login details.

Tomorrow sees my eldest son return for his second year of university in Sheffield. He is eager to return after a long and happy summer break; I however, have got used to him being home again and am going to miss him terribly. I hope you have a good weekend and enjoy whatever you have planned.

Jo Philpott

Twitter: @head_cns_school