City of Norwich School

Headteacher's Message, Friday 17th March 2017

My role as Headteacher and supporting other Ormiston Schools has increasingly seen me in different institutions; this week I have visited Ormiston Endeavour in Ipswich, Bushfield in Peterborough and Victory in Norwich. There is much to be gained from these visits but more importantly, it is reassuring that CNS is in the safe and excellent hands of Jo Philpott our Head of School.

As you can imagine, much planning has taken place for the Headteacher interviews on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd March which will be two huge days for CNS. We now know that there will be three external candidates and one internal candidate.

As you’d expect, it will be a rigorous and demanding process. On day one, candidates will engage in lesson observations, be interviewed by various panels including students (usually the toughest panel of them all at CNS), various data and finance activities and a presentation to a range of representatives of staff and Governors. Both days will involve Ormiston personnel and Paul Fisher our Chair of Governors. On the second day the panel will consist of Professor Toby Salt, Chief Executive Officer; Nicole McCartney, Managing Director, East and National Director of Performance and Partnerships; Dr Paul Hann OBE, Chairman; Carmel Brown, Director of Projects & People and of course Paul Fisher, Chair of Governors

It is a strange time for a current Headteacher (I went through it when I accepted the post here and was being replaced as Head at Great Yarmouth High) as quite rightly, you have no say in the appointment or the process other than ensuring the ‘domestics’ are in place. It is the most important decision that will be made for CNS for a number of years. Our ethos is strong and the new appointment will be expected to maintain our values whilst continuing to improve the school. It is also an exciting time for the school and I look forward to announcing the name of the successful candidate next Friday.