City of Norwich School

Headteacher's Message, Friday 10th March 2017

I can't think of a better way to start the week than this Monday when I was privileged to be part of the judging panel for the year 9 Rhetoric competition; it was excellent. The topics ranged from the increase in price of Freda chocolate bars to the death of a loved one from Alzheimer's disease. All six presentations were of the highest standard for very different reasons; the winner being Mathew Frere-Jenkins who talked about the injustice of multimillion pounds companies avoiding tax while there is vast social inequality in this country, a very articulate young man. The year 9 students sat attentively throughout showing their appreciation after every speech. It was a rollercoaster of emotions and as I left the Arc, I reflected on what an excellent job our English department is doing and how proud I am of our students.

My excellent week continued whilst I have been around the school visiting various classes. The lessons have been vibrant and interesting and all the students were engaged and working to an exceptionally high standard. I love being in lessons, it is the "day job"; a big part of school leadership and to see what is going on day-to-day in the school is a real pleasure. Once again, the year 12 parents' evening was a great success with so many turning up and getting insightful feedback on their child's progress.

My weekend will begin watching the Wales v Ireland game this evening, but I confess, I will only watch the England v Scotland game if it is close; I hate watching Scotland lose - you'd think I'd be used to it but it still hurts.

Have a great weekend

Jim Nixon