City of Norwich School is 'Good' with 'Outstanding Features'

Following an Ofsted inspection in October 2016, the City of Norwich School (CNS) - An Ormiston Academy is delighted to announce the findings of its first Ofsted report since its conversion to an academy.

CNS Ofsted

The overall grading of the Academy is 'Good' with 'Outstanding' judgements in Leadership and Management and Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare. The sixth form is also graded 'Good'.

The Academy was last inspected in 2013, when it was rated as 'Requires Improvement', and therefore the latest inspection marks a key milestone in the school's development.

The report highlighted many of the strengths at CNS including:

  • "Differing ability groups make strong progress."
  • Pupils feel safe and well looked after in the Academy and the "arrangements for safeguarding are effective."
  • The governance is "highly effective". Governors make positive contributions that determine the strategic direction of the school and they undertake their responsibilities rigorously.
  • "Pupils' behaviour is excellent". It was found that students look after the Academy site and are polite and courteous to adults as well as their peers.
  • Sixth form students make a very positive contribution to the ethos of the wider school and "the leadership of the sixth form is very effective."
  • There are good arrangements for year 7 pupils who need to catch up in English and mathematics due to the structured programme provided by the school.
  • The wide range of extra-curricular opportunities offered are well-attended and help to "enhance pupils' positive attitudes."

In particular, the leadership of the school was picked out as a key strength, with the inspectors finding "the excellent leadership of the head of school and other senior leaders, has precipitated the school's rapid improvement".

Furthermore, the Academy has been shown to be an excellent place for teachers to progress their careers. The report found that the "school's professional development programme is meticulously tailored to help improve the skills of individual teachers." and leader's support for the development of teachers has led to a high retention rate of staff.

The support from the school's sponsor Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) was highly praised, with the report stating that it has been successful in supporting the Academy's improvement, and "the reciprocal sharing of effective practice across trust schools has contributed significantly to raising standards and motivating staff."

Jim Nixon, Headteacher at City of Norwich School said:

"As always, I feel incredibly proud of the school and it's good to receive such glowing praise for the excellent work that takes place at CNS on a daily basis both in the main school and sixth form.

"From my own point of view, what was particularly pleasing was how our personal development, behaviour and welfare was graded outstanding. It reflects the importance that we place on the care and welfare of our young people."

Toby Salt, Chief Executive of Ormiston Academies Trust said:

"We are thrilled with the progress made at CNS and this report marks a key milestone in the school's journey to 'Outstanding'.

"We look forward to continuing to support the staff team to ensure that all students have access to an excellent education."