City of Norwich School wins double exceptional education award

  4 December, 2020

Students and staff at City of Norwich School are celebrating after being awarded two awards from SSAT’s Framework for Exceptional Education.

The awards for Curriculum Design and Professional Learning from the national education organisation SSAT, were both at the highest status of Transforming Practice and recognises that the school is amongst the most exceptional in the country.  To be accredited as Transforming means the school has met the framework requirements around teaching and learning, professional practice and leadership. This includes aspects like creating a positive, happy school environment and ensuring that barriers to learning are identified and addressed. 

City of Norwich School puts its students at the heart of everything it does, with teaching and learning as the essential building blocks. When assessing the school for the awards, the moderator found that City of Norwich School is “making a difference to the lives of the children in their own school and in others across the city of Norwich and the Ormiston family.” The school was commended for both the belief it holds in its students, and for creating an environment where “no one is left behind.”

The Professional Learning Award demonstrated “an impressive school with strong evidence that professional learning is at the core of the school’s ethos” and that “Professional Learning is central to the school’s Mission to develop staff in order to strengthen teaching and learning”. 

Staff also have a strong ethos of collaboration and are always ready to implement new ideas. They enable strands across different areas of the curriculum to be linked up so that departments can benefit from expertise across the school. The school was also praised for how much it works with parents, keeping them informed and taking on board their ideas when it comes to making changes. 

Headteacher, Jo Philpott

Headteacher of City of Norwich School, Jo Philpott said: 

“I’m incredibly proud of this achievement, which is a real testament to our school community and reaffirms our main goal, which is to give our students an excellent and inclusive education, that then inspires them for the future.  

“I am especially pleased that it shows we are making a big difference not only to our students, but also to those in the wider community, which is what we always strive towards.”

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