City of Norwich School

Headteacher's Message, Friday 4th October 2019

It was wonderful to welcome so many families to CNS last night as we opened our doors for our Year 6 Open Evening. The evening was incredibly busy and the feedback overwhelmingly positive. I must thank students and staff for their warmth, enthusiasm and pride in sharing the excellence of CNS with our community. The displays and books available to see were typical of the work our students produce, inspired by the subject passion of our teachers. Relationships between staff and students were evident in every room where they worked together as teams, speaking with Year 6 and many Year 5 students from primary schools in Norwich. My talk emphasised our broad and balanced curriculum, nurturing confidence and happiness, high academic standards and maintaining family values, underpinned by a child centred approach to all we do.  I was however utterly overshadowed by the wonderful student speakers who spoke honestly, fluently and with confidence.  

This week in assemblies we have been rewarding students who have achieved the highest number of positives in their year group by meeting with our expectations of being ‘Polite, Prepared and Punctual’. In addition, students have received age appropriate safeguarding messages from Norfolk Police as part of our wider curriculum, helping them to make sense of the world they are growing up in. They have been listening attentively so please encourage discussion of these issues at home. 

Our Kindness Club continues to grow and is currently involved in a writing scheme with elderly people in care homes; the students involved are a credit to themselves and reflect the ethos of CNS.  

I am looking forward to a weekend with friends after such a busy and exciting week. I hope you have a good weekend and enjoy whatever you have planned. 

Jo Philpott