City of Norwich School’s academy bid is approved

City of Norwich School will become an academy sponsored by Ormiston Academies Trust. Left to right: Nicole McCartney, executive principal of Ormiston Venture Academy, Jim Nixon, headteacher of CNS, Paul Fisher, CNS chair of governors. City of Norwich School will become an academy sponsored by Ormiston Academies Trust. Left to right: Nicole McCartney, executive principal of Ormiston Venture Academy, Jim Nixon, headteacher of CNS, Paul Fisher, CNS chair of governors.

Monday, April 28, 2014
5:36 PM

The government has today approved a bid by one of Norfolk’s biggest secondary schools to become an academy.

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It represents third time lucky for City of Norwich School, which was last year rated “requires improvement” by Ofsted.

Its previous attempts to become a stand-alone academy were rejected in part because of its poor Ofsted grade.

The school has chosen to become a member of the Ormiston Academies Trust, a nation-wide group whose other local schools include Ormiston Victory Academy in Costessey, and Ormiston Venture Academy in Gorleston, both of which were last year given Ofsted’s top “outstanding” rating.

Headteacher Jim Nixon said the school has considered all options to improve the school, including being a stand-alone academy or joining a local or national academy trust, or becoming a co-operative trust.

Three academy trusts, one national and two local, were short-listed to become the sponsor of CNS.

Mr Nixon said: “I have no doubt that the way forward for CNS is to work in a family of schools that is nationally-based so we can share ideas, and support each other.”

There will now be a consultation with parents and other interested parties.

13 comments

  • So now there will be a 'consultation'. They have already made the decision, the Trust will already have policies and structure in place. What are we to be consulted about exactly? Why were parents not told anything about this before the news came out in the papers?

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    James Piercy

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • The Government are hell bent on making all schools become academies eventually and that's what will happen, at the expense of our children's and grandchildren's welfare and education, and local authorities are letting them get away with it. In a few years time when the education system in this country is in tatters, Mr Gove and his cronies will be long gone with a fat payoff.

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    Carol Bolton

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • It all depends whether you want to play the exams game or fully educate pupils. Why can't the excellent Thorpe Saint Andrews, which doesn't just focus on a few subjects but gives an all round brilliant education, support NCS rather than the narrow semi private Ormiston T? Well we know why, it is politically incorrect!!!

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    Sportswagon

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Shame used to be a great school before school wasn't allowed to be picky about who it accepted expect the latest government driven policy and agenda to further push the education on offer down - it will now be able to employ unqualified teachers on minimum wage if it likes - then more profit can be made for private companies sourcing in services

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    Jimmy Hupperby

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • I don't know how much of the educational budget NCC sucks out for itself, but I'm sure all the maintained schools are happy to lose a considerable chunk of their money each year to keep it well funded.

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    Fly Tipper

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Let's hope they can be dragged up to 'Outstanding' too. Weird how so many people want the status quo when its results are so poor. How many chances do children get at an education? They deserve better and the track record of this trust is excellent. If you don't want your kids educated there, fear not... there are plenty of other failing schools in Norfolk to choose.

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    a fine city

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Who are Ormiston Academies Trust ? They are getting a lot of government , that is yours and mine , money . How are they accountable ? Who asked me if I wanted the education system given to private organisations ?

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    dragonfly

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Who are Ormiston Academies Trust ? They are getting a lot of government , that is yours and mine , money . How are they accountable ? Who asked me if I wanted the education system given to private organisations ?

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    dragonfly

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • I don't think this is good news at all and I am not sure that many parents or prospective parents will. What sort of 'consultation' is this due to be? What if parents say no? Who says CNS has to be an academy? How will that help it to improve? Where is the accountability for this decision? What if I don't want my child educated by the Ormiston trust?

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    wook

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Norfolk LA thankfully still have 340 schs out of 380 schs as maintained schs so wouldn't worry too much about academies. Some great schs like Coltishall, Aylsham, Thorpe St Andrews and the superb Sheringham Primary National Teaching school are all LA schs and will remain so and help and support far more schools than the paltry academy lot so don't celebrate the LA's demise too soon.

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    Sportswagon

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Educational equivalent of spending your life savings on a ticket on the titanic. I knew things were not great at CNS but now they've really had it.

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    TheTruth

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • The centre of gravity for education is falling away from NCC quite quickly now. Another few years and NCC education will be down to a small office responsible for posting up school closures because of snow or strikes from the few schools clinging on desperately to the council comfort blanket.

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    Fly Tipper

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Your article says 'the school has chosen to become a member of the Ormiston Academies Trust' and then you say that there will be a consultation. It sounds like a done deal to me. Was CNS forced into this? I know that their preference was to become a stand alone academy, during a previous consultation last year.

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    pablo

    Monday, April 28, 2014

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