City of Norwich School praised in Ofsted inspection

The City of Norwich School, an Ormiston Academy. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The City of Norwich School, an Ormiston Academy. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: copyright: Archant 2014

The headteacher of a Norwich school has today told of his delight after having received 'glowing praise' following an Ofsted inspection.

The City of Norwich School (CNS), which has become an Ormiston Academy in the past couple of years, announced that after a visit by inspectors last month they received an overall grading of 'good' with 'outstanding' judgments in leadership and management and personal development, behaviour and welfare.

The academy stated its sixth-form was also graded 'good',

The report represents a major step forward for the academy which was last inspected in 2013, when it was rated as 'requires improvement'.

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

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'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.'

The report highlighted many of the strengths at CNS including:

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• 'Leaders work tirelessly towards fulfilling the motto of 'excellence in all.''

• 'Effective teaching has a positive impact on learning and pupils make strong progress in a wide range of subjects as a result.'

• 'Pupils feel safe and are well looked after in the school.'

• 'Pupils look after the school site very well and are unfailingly polite and courteous to adults and each other.'

Nicole McCartney, managing director of Ormiston East, said: 'This report clearly highlights the quality of provision at CNS, and reaffirms its 106-year-old tradition and it's motto 'Excellence in All.''

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'.'

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