City of Norwich School

Headteacher's Message, Friday 22nd March 2019

I am writing my message a day early today as I am en route to London for the Ormiston Principals’ Conference, to be followed this evening by the Annual Ormiston Awards. Each year we submit entries for a range of categories all focused around excellence and each year our staff and student nominations are short-listed and we also have national winners.

This year is no exception and Posy O’Rourke is the worthy winner of the Creativity Award. This means I will be having dinner tonight with Posy and her mum along with many other school leaders, teachers, students and their parents as we celebrate their achievements together. I met with all our nominated students and staff last week and it was a delight to share their success with the Trust and let them know their achievements are known nationally. 

We have several new governors at CNS this year and we met as a full governing body for the first time on Monday. I was impressed with the energy, positivity and high level of scrutiny at the meeting and my thanks extend to all our governors for their voluntary hours and commitment to the school. It is a challenging time in all areas of the public sector and education is no exception. In these times, in the best interests of CNS students and staff, decisions have to made pragmatically as well as philosophically. Whilst we identify with the national picture, it is my priority is to ensure all our students are safe, happy and achieving irrespective of it. 

I am looking forward to the first weekend of Spring and I hope you have a lovely weekend whatever you have planned.  

Jo Philpott 

Twitter: @head_cns_school