Review says City of Norwich School’s site is not secure

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

A city high school is taking urgent action after a review found that its site was not secure.

Following advice from its solicitors, City of Norwich School, on Eaton Road, will put up fences where some neighbours have gates that lead onto its playing field, and will no longer allow two main entrance gates, currently used as a shortcut by some local people, to be open without supervision.

In a letter to local councillor Judith Lubbock, headteacher Jim Nixon said the review was carried out by a current Ofsted inspector, and was part of an annual review of all schools sponsored by the Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT).

He wrote: 'Whilst we have rigorous procedures to safeguard our students in school, we have been informed that the site is not secure, especially in relation to the playing field and access through the front of the school; these must be dealt with as a matter of urgency.'

A spokesman for OAT said there had not been any incidents involving the wellbeing of pupils as a result of the site not being secure.

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He added: 'The safety of students is our top priority and we take our safeguarding duties very seriously indeed.

'In line with best practice, we work with our sponsor to conduct routine safeguarding checks at the school. The latest highlighted an area for improvement, so we are taking immediate action to address it.

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'Our local councillor, and the neighbours we have spoken to so far, have understood our position. We are very grateful for their co-operation'

From September 5, the gates onto Welsford Road and Branksome Road will be open and supervised from 8.15am to 8.35am, and 3.05pm to 3.20pm, for the use of CNS students and staff only.

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