CNS celebrates hat-trick of prestigious awards

  13 November, 2021

Staff and students at City of Norwich School (CNS) are celebrating after being awarded three nationally recognised and prestigious awards.

The school has been awarded the Artsmark Platinum Award, the GOLD Standard Science mark, and the Quality in Careers Standard award in quick succession.

The Artsmark Award is the only creative quality standard for schools and education settings accredited by the Arts Council England. By achieving the Platinum award, the school received the highest standard possible thanks to the steps it has taken to integrate arts and culture into the wider curriculum through several impactful and imaginative initiatives.

The school has worked alongside the local Rotary Club to co-design creative competitions, joined with Norwich University of Arts and NEAAT (Norfolk East Anglian Art Teachers) to increase attainment across GCSE and A Level, and empowered 30 KS3 students to participate in the National Theatre.

Meanwhile, the strength of the school’s teaching ensured it was successful in its attempts to claim the Gold Standard Science mark, an award created by the National STEM Learning Centre and Network.

Assessors concluded the school had a “strong science department in which teachers know their subjects and subject pedagogies well!”, before noting that “a wide range of evidence, including pupil voice, has shown that the school has a strong understanding of what investigative and enquiry skills are truly about.” Finally, CNS’ personalised approach to learning was praised, with assessors commenting that the school’s “emphasis on learning progression (rather than raw attainment) is highly commendable.”

Finally, the Quality in Careers Standard is the national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance in secondary schools, colleges and work-based learning.  By achieving this award, CNS demonstrated that its careers programme is having a positive impact on pupils that will help them make successful transitions on to the next stage of learning and work.

Headteacher Jo Philpott, said: “I couldn’t be prouder of the staff and students for their hard work in earning these awards.  As a school, we provide a broad and balanced education, so it is wonderful to receive awards across the sciences, arts, and for our careers support.

“We are very grateful to the organisations who have recognised us in this way and will continue to build on the positive work already going on throughout the school. It’s a hugely exciting time for everyone in the school community as we continue to show ‘Excellence in All’.”

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