City of Norwich sixth formers perform at 11 Downing Street

From left to right, Leila Hooton, Lucy Rodd, Sarah Walton, Hannah Bradfield, and Kara Kordtomeikel.

From left to right, Leila Hooton, Lucy Rodd, Sarah Walton, Hannah Bradfield, and Kara Kordtomeikel. Picture: David Madden - Credit: Archant

A group of sixth form students at the City of Norwich School (CNS) have attended a special event at 11 Downing Street, after receiving an invitation from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond.

From left to right, Kara is hoping to be a vet, Lucy is going to study Biomedical Sciences, Leila is

From left to right, Kara is hoping to be a vet, Lucy is going to study Biomedical Sciences, Leila is going to study music, Sarah will study Chemistry, and Hannah is going to study English Literature and Sports Science. Picture: David Madden. - Credit: Archant

The five students, Sarah Walton, Leila Hooton, Kara Kordtomeikel, Lucy Rodd and Hannah Bradfield performed together at the event on Tuesday as the Winterton Quintet, named after their school house.

The students were invited as part of an event celebrating Ormiston Academies Trust's Enrichment Charter. The Trust, which sponsors CNS, launched the charter in 2015, which states that every one of its students would experience widespread cultural, outward bound and sporting opportunities while at an Ormiston Academy.

The Winterton Quintet have been performing together for seven years, and have played at various events both inside and outside of school. They have raised over £3,000 together for several charities through public performances.

Leila Hooton said: 'It has all been very exciting, not many people can say they've been to 11 Downing Street. This is our seventh year performing together and we are really good friends. It is an incredible opportunity, and we still can't quite believe it.'


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Jim Nixon, Headteacher at CNS, said: 'We are thrilled our students had the opportunity to participate in this fantastic event, they are wonderfully talented and delivered a performance fit for No.11. We are sure this will inspire other students to continue to pursue their passions both in and outside the classroom.'

Toby Salt, CEO of Ormiston Academies Trust, said: 'The evening was a special chance to celebrate the OAT Enrichment Charter, through which we are delivering on our commitment to raise aspirations and broaden horizons for all OAT students, giving them access to opportunities which will help them develop the skills needed to succeed.

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'At Ormiston, we are committed to ensuring that every single one of our students gains not only a first-class education in the key academic subjects but also has opportunities beyond the classroom.'

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