21 September, 2021
Staff, alumni and the wider City of Norwich School community came together last week to celebrate the opening of their newly built sixth form block, named the Elkins Centre.
The state-of-the-art facility features four new classrooms, a study centre and cafe area, and will allow the school to expand its excellent provision for A-level students.
Following an overwhelmingly positive vote, the building has been named in honour of the school’s longest-serving former headmaster Dr Tom Elkins, who joined CNS in 1978.
Dr Elkins guided the school as headmaster for 22 years, ensuring CNS’ status as a school of excellence, and firmly embedding its place in the educational landscape of Norwich.
Alongside Dr Elkins at the event were the Lord Mayor of Norwich and more than 50 members of the CNS community, with current headteacher Jo Philpott and director of sixth form Kate Nichols both delivering impassioned speeches to mark the occasion.
As well as an opportunity to reflect on Dr Elkins’ positive legacy, the event provided a positive platform to discuss the excellent recent work of the school, and the exciting future which lies ahead for its students and staff.
The school currently supports a sixth form of 425 students, who are all heavily involved in the wider school and local community.
Across the past year, students at the sixth form have collected for food banks, run charity mornings, and helped to drive Ofsted and government reforms in sex education, as well as achieving places at prestigious universities, apprenticeships, drama schools and conservatoires.
Headteacher Jo Philpott, said: “It was a delight to welcome Dr Tom Elkins, his family, and members of the wider CNS community to join us for this happy occasion. Dr Elkin’s leadership shaped and impacted on the lives of countless students and staff who remember him with respect and fondness. The new facilities reflect the true value we place on enable current and future students in enabling them to be successful and in empowering all students to be Excellent in All.”