CNS success confirmed by Ofsted following good rating

  3 February, 2022

City of Norwich School has received confirmation that the school continues to be rated good by Ofsted following its most recent inspection, which took place on the 7 and 8 December.

Inspectors found that students have a strong voice and value how leaders listen to their views. They remarked on how students lead initiatives in their academy around respecting one another and celebrating difference, which in turn enables them to develop high levels of self-confidence, responsibility, and respect.

Alongside these standout achievements, inspectors praised the academy for the various ways in which it ensures students receive an excellent education. Highlights included:

  • Teachers have strong subject knowledge and get the help and training they need, which means students understand and enjoy what they are learning.
  • There is a broad and well-designed curriculum in place, readying students for their next stages, including preparing them for success when they leave the academy.
  • Leaders are ambitious for all students, and closely check on the achievement of those who are disadvantaged, putting action plans into place where needed.
  • Meanwhile, students with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) receive strong support, and consequently achieve well. Leaders accurately identify their needs and are knowledgeable about how to support them.
  • Students are proud to be a part of their academy community, and find staff and leaders care about their needs and interests, making them feel happy and included. 
  • There are many opportunities for personal development, with a range of clubs which enrich what students learn throughout the curriculum.

In addition, inspectors applauded the governance of the academy and referenced how governors work closely together with Ormiston Academies Trust to support leaders, which has resulted in the positive report.

Students and staff at City of Norwich School are proud of the outcomes of the inspection, which reflect the hard work put in over recent new years to continue building on the excellent foundations in place, while rising to meet the new more stringent Ofsted framework for schools.

Jo Philpott, headteacher said: “We are really pleased with the outcome of this inspection, which accurately reflects our excellence as an academy and the ambitions we hold for all of our students. It was particularly positive that inspectors recognised the contribution of both students and staff in the collaborative school community. I am delighted that our students were commended for shaping their environment and in championing CNS values, which has always been of the utmost importance to us.”

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