City of Norwich School

Headteacher's Message, Friday 11th January 2019

Yesterday was Year 11 mock results day, a very significant event in the school calendar. Students receive an envelope as they would on the real results day, containing their mock results grades and later return to school for parent teacher consultation meetings.  The student responses to their results cover the spectrum of emotions from delight to disappointment. Many students do not want to feel on results day in August as they did yesterday, providing an important intrinsic motivator and the conversations we have with students are based upon ‘What do you need to do to be successful?’

This is an important question for all of us, as success is different for each of us as is what is required to achieve. Being unsuccessful can knock us back and this is where resilience is needed to stand up and try again. Resilience requires the support of good relationships with close family members, friends and teachers, accepting help and support from those who care about you and will listen to you strengthens resilience. It was wonderful to witness the positive relationships between students, teachers and parents last night, providing our student community with the tools to build their resilience and move forward in their studies and lives. 

I hope you have a good weekend and enjoy whatever you have planned; my house will become quieter as my sons return to university after a long and happy Christmas break. 

Jo Philpott 

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