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Norwich school announces plans to launch music scholarships

PUBLISHED: 12:08 13 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:29 13 December 2017

City of Norwich School, on Eaton Road. Picture: Norwich

City of Norwich School, on Eaton Road. Picture: Norwich

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A school in Norwich has announced plans to launch music scholarships.

Jo Philpott, headteacher of City of Norwich School. Picture: Ormiston Academies Trust/Gary WilliamsJo Philpott, headteacher of City of Norwich School. Picture: Ormiston Academies Trust/Gary Williams

City of Norwich School (CNS), part of the Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), hopes to offer the scholarships to talented or promising music students.

While the school is state-funded, it says on its website that students would have “enhanced access to internal and external music provision and make a commitment to music provision at CNS”.

The school says there is no monetary element to the scholarships, but there would be responsibilities - such has a commitment to music leadership, clubs and concerts - and opportunities with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, which the school is partnered with.

A consultation asking for parents’ views, which runs until January 31, 2018, has been launched on the school’s admissions process. Any change would take place from the 2019/20 academic year, and would see up to 10pc of places allocated to the students.

Annual pupil admission number would rise to 270 and the sixth form would have a maximum size of 450. The school says the figures take into account its current cohort size.

Jo Philpott, headteacher, said: “At CNS, we are proud to provide our students with high-quality education provision through a varied and in-depth curriculum, and having access to a whole range of opportunities.

“The music scholarships at CNS would be a unique opportunity, and one which will place CNS at the forefront of music education locally, regionally and nationally.”

CNS has long had a focus on music and the arts, and is home to the Norfolk Centre for Young Musicians.

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