New year, new school - ‘City of Norwich School, An Ormiston Academy’ is born

City of Norwich School has become an academy sponsored by Ormiston Academies Trust. Left to right: Nicole McCartney, of Ormiston Academies Trust, Jim Nixon, headteacher, and Paul Fisher, chair of governors City of Norwich School has become an academy sponsored by Ormiston Academies Trust. Left to right: Nicole McCartney, of Ormiston Academies Trust, Jim Nixon, headteacher, and Paul Fisher, chair of governors

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
2:03 PM

One of Norwich’s most prominent schools has formally become an academy as the new academic year gets underway.

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One of Norfolk’s most prominent schools has formally become an academy as the new academic year gets under way.

City of Norwich School, which was founded in 1910, announced in April its third application to become an academy, a state-funded school outside the local authority’s realm, seeking to join the Ormiston Academies Trust group of academies.

In a letter due to be sent to parents at the start of term, Toby Salt, chief executive of Ormiston, said: “Every school and community is unique, so we do not impose a ‘one size fits all’ approach to teaching and learning. CNS will respond to the unique needs of its students and your community.”

The school will change its name to City of Norwich School, An Ormiston Academy, and new signage has been installed.

Other academies within the Ormiston Academies Trust include Ormiston Victory Academy, in Costessey, and Ormiston Venture Academy, in Gorleston, both rated “outstanding” by Ofsted. In January, Cliff Park High in Gorleston became Cliff Park Ormiston Academy.

Ofsted inspectors judged that CNS “requires improvement” in April 2013, and wrote: “Progress and achievement are not good enough for the students who are supported by the pupil premium funding, those who start school with lower levels of attainment, or students with disabilities and/or special educational needs.”

Headteacher Jim Nixon said: “Joining the Ormiston Academies Trust will give us the extra support we need to drive the school even further in terms of providing outstanding education for our pupils. We will be able to share best practice and collaborate with other Ormiston Schools which I believe is vital in the current educational climate. Our values remain the same and the name has changed only slightly.”

This summer, CNS reported the proportion of pupils gaining at least five GCSEs at A*-C, including English and maths, rose from 58pc to 65pc.

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13 comments

  • lets also not forget you don't become an academy if you are doing well...

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    Mooseyt4

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

  • happily - My experiences are based on the late 90'searly 00's when it was still a very good school. I think to discard Ofsted completely and just happily believe the school is awesome is a little naive. I overheard a few sixth formers talking in the city the other day, they had all left CNS this year to City College or another sixth form as their AS experience had been so poor and the remaining good teachers had all left.

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    Mooseyt4

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

  • It is sad that so many feel the need to run this good school down. Putting aside virtually meaningless ofsted judgements (in light of the inspiration trust revelations and 'cut and paste' reports does ofsted really have any credibility any more?)...the school has an impressive set of exam results - somewhere around 7th on the county, it has a strong sixth form and seems to produce decent well-rounded pupils...continuing to gossip about it based on harking back to the days when it was good because it was selective just serves to damage CNS's reputation...what a shame if this school is dragged down by a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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    happilyeverafter

    Friday, September 5, 2014

  • Seems everything is always put into Private hands, Education and Health. Most of the time ends in disaster, but not for those at the top cause they walk away then point the finger to someone else to take the flack from the Public.

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    che bramley

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • There was only one time this has been a good school. When it was The City of Norwich Grammar School For Boys.

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    john131

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • I don`t know who Ormiston are, just a name . I suspect that it will cost the taxpayer more for them to run the school , than it would have under the previous system . It will no doubt cost the parents more Ormiston`s aim is to make a profit . Just privatisation to make money for Fat Cats .

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    dragonfly

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • New year, new school? What am I missing. To me it looks like the old CNS school with a change of name and management structure. Where is the new school. With an increasing population and class sizes we need new schools not the same ones pretending to be new. As a side not in my teens in the eighties the CNS school was held up as an example to us as what our school should be like. Hope it can get back to that quality.

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    PDH

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Tragic - ever since the school wasn't allowed to pick its pupils from gov policy it has gone down hill, sometimes it's good to have an elitist system for some schools to encourage and thrive excellence now all we have is a number of similar average schools where doing ok is acceptable

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    Jbone

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Act of desperation maybe? Lets hope its only short term.

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    TheTruth

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Thanks Mr.MacDonald. You probably gathered that I am a CNS Old Boy and I value enormously my time at the school. It is sad that the modern custodians of the school were unable to keep up the standards of yesteryear.

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    VictorM

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • My old dad would turn in his grave, and I am sure he would agree with Mooseyt4 and VictorM

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    Derek McDonald

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • My old school. Such a shame :( It did very well throughout the 90's and 00's but went massively downhill when Dr Elkins left and even worse with the last few headteachers. Expect it to slump further now it has joined the raft of 'academies'

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    Mooseyt4

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • This school stood on its own two feet for many years and was recognised as one of the best schools in the country let alone Norwich. Mind you that was in the good old days of grammar schools. It's such a shame that a school with that history has now lost its identity and has to find a tenuous organisation to lean on. Sad day.

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    VictorM

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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