Following an Ofsted inspection in October 2016, the City of Norwich School, An Ormiston Academy (CNS) has announced the findings of the first Ofsted report since its conversion to an academy.
The overall grading of the Academy is ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ judgements in Leadership and Management, and Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare. The academy’s popular and successful sixth form is also graded ‘Good’.
The Academy was last inspected in 2013, when it was rated as ‘Requires Improvement’, and therefore the latest inspection marks a key milestone in the academy’s development.
The report highlighted many of the strengths at CNS including:
“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.”
“From their different starting points, all the differing ability groups in the school make strong progress. The most able pupils consistently make the greatest progress.”
“The progress of students currently in the sixth form is accelerating and they are making good progress in a wide range of subject areas. Disadvantaged students make particularly strong progress.”
“Governance is highly effective.”
“Governors undertake their responsibilities rigorously.”
In particular, the leadership of the academy was picked out as a key strength, with the inspectors finding “the excellent leadership of the Headteacher, Head of school and other senior leaders, has precipitated the academy’s rapid improvement”.
Furthermore, the Academy has been shown to be an excellent place for teachers to progress their careers. The report found that the “academy’s professional development programme is meticulously tailored to help improve the skills of individual teachers” which has led to a high retention rate of staff.
The support from the academy’s sponsor Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) was highly praised, with the report stating that it has been successful in supporting the Academy’s improvement, and “the reciprocal sharing of effective practice across the trust academies has contributed significantly to raising standards and motivating staff.”
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.
“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.”
Nicole McCartney, Managing Director of Ormiston East said: “Since joining Ormiston Academies Trust, Jim Nixon, Jo Philpott and the CNS team have worked hard to create a learning community that is vibrant, supportive and challenging.
“This report clearly highlights the quality of provision at CNS, and reaffirms its 106 year old tradition and its motto ‘Excellence in All.’ ”
Toby Salt, Chief Executive of Ormiston Academies Trust said: “We are thrilled with the progress made at CNS and we look forward to continuing to support the staff team to ensure that all students have access to an excellent education.”