City of Norwich School

Headteacher's Message

Echo Message from the Headteacher 8th September 2017

I hope you have all had a wonderful summer holiday and are looking forward to the excitement of a new academic year. Autumn term is my favourite of the three terms as it allows for fresh beginnings and good intentions. I am always ready to return to school after the summer break and whilst the days in school for examination results punctuate the holiday, they are a means of keeping abreast of the school happenings rather than marking the end.

CNS were delighted with the GCSE, AS and A ‘level examination results this year. Whilst headline figures can dominate in the media, it is the individual stories that mark the day as one to remember. This ranges from the sheer delight on students’ faces, when they realise their hard work has paid off, to gratitude from students for the support they buffered against. For a small number of students helping them to shoulder the disappointment, however difficult, can show them this is not the end but a different beginning. I wish all our students well in the pathway they have chosen and a special mention to our Y13 students leaving home to go to university.

On Wednesday, I met with each year group to discuss expectations during an assembly titled ‘Start as you mean to go on.’ In addition, messages regarding mobile device usage and uniform were reiterated and can I thank you for your support with this. It was lovely to be able to meet with all students on the first day and helpful to explain to them the focus of their key goals for the year ahead. I am immensely proud to be Headteacher of CNS and it is my intention to ensure students move to their next phase of life and learning with a breadth of qualifications, wider curricular experiences and most of all, lifelong learning and memories of the enjoyment they derived from their school experiences.

I am looking forward to Heritage Day tomorrow at CNS; with 3 old boys in my own family, CNS is part of our family heritage too. I hope you have a good weekend and enjoy whatever you have planned.

Jo Philpott

Twitter: @head_cns_school