Norfolk Schools Open Day Directory

As Year 6 pupils begin their final year at primary school, they may be feeling a mixture of emotions. Many of the children will gain a welcome boost in confidence by becoming the eldest in the school, yet, they also know that they will be moving on, so there’s a sense of excitement, or sometimes anxiety, about the next step to secondary school.

Any unanswered questions or apprehension will be addressed early in the school year, as many of the secondary schools hold their Open Days or events in September and October.

These ‘Open’ events give prospective pupils and their parents a taster of secondary life. They will meet current teachers and representative students, be able to tour the facilities, look at the work displayed on the classroom walls and gain ‘a feel’ of the school.

Aside from attending the Open Days, there is other legwork you can do to help you and your child make the right decision.

Go to www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk to find the Progress 8 scores - this score shows how much progress pupils at a school make between the end of key stage 2 and the end of key stage 4. On the website you’ll also find league tables, statistics and the Ofsted rating for individual schools. To find an Ofsted inspection report about an individual school visit www.reports.ofsted.gov.uk

Catchment areas

Although most pupils end up applying to the school in their catchment area, there are some schools that do not operate designated areas and have a slightly different admissions policy. So, it is worth checking the admissions policy on each school’s website for further information. If you are considering applying to a local independent school, it will have its own separate admissions procedure.

Catchment Areas in Norfolk

To find the designated school for your area visit www.whereilive.norfolk.gov.uk – School Catchments or http://maps.norfolk.gov.uk/schoolcatchments/schools.aspx

Applying to a School out of Catchment Area

You’ll be asked to list up to 3 state schools in order of preference on your application form. Whether a place is offered will depend on the school’s admission process and if places are available. For most schools in Norfolk, there is an admissions priority for children who live in the school’s catchment area.

 

The Application Process

Submit your application for a primary or secondary school place online. An email receipt will confirm that the application has been received. Online applications can be changed right up to midnight on the closing date.

 

Norfolk County Council Applications:

Reception Applications:

The online system will be available from 27 September 2019 until midnight on 15 January 2020.

Junior School Applications:

The online system will be available from 8 November 2019 until midnight on 15 January 2020.

Secondary School Applications:

The online system will be available from 11 September 2019 until midnight on 31 October 2019.

Norfolk Contacts:

Education helpline: 0344 800 8020

Online applications: www.admissionsonline.norfolk.gov.uk

Email: admissions@norfolk.gov.uk

 

Allocation Days

The dates when school places are officially confirmed are:

1 March 2020 – Secondary Schools

16 April 2020 – Primary Schools

 

Broadland High Ormiston Academy

Aron Whiles, Principal of Broadland High Ormiston Academy, writes:

“I am very proud to be the Principal of Broadland High Ormiston Academy which provides an ambitious and caring community, with an unwavering commitment to support every student to grow and flourish, fulfil their potential and achieve their hopes and ambitions for the future. We place our students at the very heart of every decision, ensuring that we provide a safe, supportive and caring environment where every student is happy and successful. Our CORE academy values of Commitment, Ownership, Responsibility and Excellence are central to our academy ethos of ‘Inspiring Students to Succeed’.

As part of the Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) family we work in close partnership with a network of academies locally, regionally and nationally, sharing a commitment to raise standards, aspirations and achievement for every student in our academy.

We expect the very highest standard from all our students and encourage them to do their very best in everything they do, whatever their ability or personal circumstances. From the very first moment students make a decision to choose our academy to the moment they take their first steps into further education or training, we offer a rich, cohesive curriculum and a supportive pastoral system that will lead students calmly and confidently into adult life.

We always welcome visitors to our academy (judged as ‘Good’ by Ofsted 2016) and I would strongly encourage you to come and see for yourself how we are ‘Inspiring Students to Succeed’ every day at Broadland High Ormiston Academy”.

The Open Days are:

Thursday 3 October 2019: 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Monday 7 October 2019: 1.45pm – 2.45pm

Tuesday 8 October 2019: 9.15am – 10.15am

Call on 01603 782715 or go to www.broadlandhighoa.co.uk

 

Caister Academy

Caister Academy is recognised by Ofsted as a “good school” which achieves good outcomes for all of its pupils. The curriculum is broad and gives pupils a genuine balance, allowing them to achieve good results.

Caister Academy takes pride in being a small school with big ambition. The staff ensure that every young person at Caister has the skills, knowledge and creativity they need to be successful in school and beyond.

Whether your child’s ambition is to attend a good university, begin a great apprenticeship or move into a career, Caister Academy will strive to help to make it a reality.

The school recognises that every child is different, which is why staff take the time to get to know all pupils, and to understand their needs and motivations so that they can effectively support them in the classroom, in extra-curricular activities and through the schools excellent pastoral system.

Caister Academy’s ‘Be the best you can be..’ motto runs through the heart of the school, with great teaching and excellent extracurricular opportunities, supporting all pupils to help them discover their own talents – in the classroom and beyond.

The Open Evening will be on Wednesday 18th September 2019 from 6pm.

Visit www.caisteracademy.org.uk

 

City Academy Norwich

City Academy Norwich is committed to ensuring all students succeed and make the best of the opportunities and experiences available to them; to become the very best versions of themselves. It believes that students engage fully and reach their potential when the environment is caring and orderly, the teaching meaningful and challenging.

It aims to fire its students’ imaginations and bring learning to life, preparing them for the world of work, apprenticeships or higher education. Its curriculum has been designed to teach the skills fundamental to successful employment, with great emphasis placed upon leadership, teamwork, literacy, creative problem solving and high expectations.

Its core purpose is to transform the education and life chances of not only individuals but also the local community, creating ‘game changers’ who make a difference.

See the Academy on its Open day on 3rd October 2019 from 4pm to 8pm. The staff look forward to working with its community in making a meaningful difference to the lives of all students.

If you would like to organise a visit or find out more about the academy, then do get in touch.

For details see www.cityacademynorwich.org or call 01603 452628

 

City of Norwich School

Known locally as CNS, the City of Norwich School, An Ormiston Academy, is a secondary school and Sixth Form on Eton Road in Norwich. The school was established in 1910 and has been a key part of the educational landscape of Norwich and Norfolk ever since. The school is very proud of its cultural heritage and it remains loyal to its historic roots whilst continually regenerating and redefining itself to meet the needs of all members of its school community.

The school motto “Excellence in all” reflects its vision of achieving the very highest standards in everything it does. The broad, balanced and enriching curriculum aims to enable every child to maximise their potential and grow in academic and creative depth as well as confidence and happiness.

Students benefit from a number of unique opportunities such as the school’s partnership with the London Guildhall School for Music and Drama and the Norfolk Music Hub. CNS also offers a comprehensive range of co-curricular activities to run alongside the school curriculum including the Youth STEMM Award programme and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, offering Bronze, Silver and Gold.

The next open evening is Thursday 3rd October 2019 from 5.30pm. Visit www.cns-school.org.

 

Cliff Park Ormiston Academy

The Governors, Principal, staff and students warmly welcome prospective Year 6 students, parents and guardians to Cliff Park Ormiston Academy’s Open Evening on Thursday 3rd October 2019 at 6pm. Cliff Park Ormiston Academy is a vibrant and happy place, where every student is given the opportunity to succeed.

As part of Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), it is committed to serving its community and was judged by Ofsted in September 2016 as “Good” with “exceptional” features. A highly aspirational ethos exists, based on the core values of Discover, Create, Thrive and Achieve - the four names of the academy’s ‘communities’.

There’s much to be proud of at the academy; the achievements of its amazing students, its excellent staff and its high-quality facilities. Examination results consistently place the academy in the top 20% of secondary schools nationally.

Cliff Park strives to ensure that there is something special for everyone, offering an excellent range of extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities. It is a great time to study at Cliff Park Ormiston Academy and prospective pupils and their parents are encouraged to visit to explore the boundless opportunities on offer. The future is filled with possibilities and you will be afforded a warm welcome!

Call 01493 661504 or visit www.cliffparkoa.co.uk

 

Cromer Academy

At Cromer Academy they truly believe that the education they offer is exceptional - and so is each of its students. As a community school, it has a family feel and fantastic student support which is combined with an academic ethos and a wide ranging enrichment programme designed to help students discover and develop their passions.

It believes in a broad and balanced curriculum where students are able to take a wide range of subjects in Years 7-9 which is why it has grown its creative subjects, sports and humanities in recent years. At GCSE it offers a traditional academic route but new subjects added recently include photography, psychology, statistics and philosophy. Students are encouraged to aim high and the academy is rightly proud of their excellent GCSE results.

Reading often and widely is a major part of life at Cromer Academy and its large refurbished library is a great place to do that. Its enrichment programme on a Wednesday afternoon allows students opportunities not normally found in the curriculum. That might be extra sport such as tennis, golf or rugby, art club, taking part in two school productions or completing the well regarded Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Go and see what makes Cromer Academy, and its students, so exceptional! Its open evening will happen on Thursday 3rd October, from 6.30pm to 8pm

See www.inspirationtrust.org/cromeracademy or call 01263 511433

 

Diss High School

Diss High School is a friendly, popular and welcoming school committed to high standards of achievement, behaviour and discipline. Its aim is to achieve excellence in all it does, not only in academic matters, but also in the outstanding range of extra-curricular opportunities on offer.

Diss High School has an excellent record of both academic and sporting achievement; its examination results are consistently above the county and national average, and each year the majority of its Six Form students take up places at top universities. It has a highly valued Pastoral System, providing all students with opportunities for participation, responsibility and leadership.

Consistently graded as “Good” by Ofsted, inspectors noted ‘Pupils and students are rightly proud of their school … they enjoy positive relationships with the teachers and with each other.’

Dr Jan Hunt, Head of Diss High School writes:

“Our motto is “Carpe Diem - Seize the Day”; we want our students to grasp every opportunity and reach their full potential. Each year there are opportunities to travel, numerous sporting activities, art exhibitions, music events and of course, the School Show. To find out more, please come to visit us.”

For more, see www.disshigh.norfolk.sch.uk

 

Great Yarmouth Charter Academy

Great Yarmouth Charter Academy has variously been described as ‘a miraculous transformation’, ‘inspirational’ and ‘joyful’.

Hailed as a beacon of school transformation, leading educationalists, senior leaders of schools and trusts, teachers and members of parliament, from across the UK and abroad, have visited, and continue to visit, every week - so great is Charter’s growing reputation.

Guests are stunned by the courtesy, the calm, the humour, the focus, the strong relationships which permeate the entire school.

Visitors are hugely impressed by Charter pupils’ confidence and poise, by their super smart appearance, their articulate responses, their roof-raising poetry recitation which fills the halls and corridors throughout the day.

Charter opened its doors in September 2017. In its first year, GCSE results doubled when compared with those of the predecessor school. This placed Charter amongst the most improved schools in the country.

Visitors’ plaudits, the huge leap in GCSE results, the evident pride of staff and pupils alike, these all speak volumes. To really appreciate the warmth, the vibrancy, the energy of Charter, seeing really is believing.

See what makes Charter so very special and such an inspiration to others, by going to see it with your own eyes.

The open evening will take place on Monday 23rd September from 6pm to 8pm.

For more, see www.inspirationtrust.org/greatyarmouthcharter or call 01493 842061

 

Hethersett Academy

Over the past 5 years, Hethersett Academy has become one of the most successful schools in East Anglia. OFSTED has recognised its amazing work and in January 2016 awarded the school the highest grading, ‘Outstanding’. The school is committed to maintaining this high standard in making education exciting and appropriately challenging for every student.

Its students are hard-working and well-behaved and its staff are dedicated and constantly developing innovative lessons to inspire and motivate students. Behaviour is outstanding as students are keen to learn and respond well to challenge and they are supported by a strong pastoral system.

Due to a 28-hour teaching week, rather than the normal 25, the school is able to offer a broad curriculum. Hethersett Academy invests both time and resource into Creative Arts and Physical Education as well as maintaining the very highest standards in the core subjects. It offers children a huge range of opportunities to truly enrich their experience at high school.

The open evening will take place on Monday 23rd September from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

See www.inspirationtrust.org/hethersettacademy or call 01603 810924

 

The Hewett Academy

The name is familiar to many, but not everyone is aware of the recent transformation of The Hewett Academy. The school is now ranked good by Ofsted and provides a safe, supportive space for students to thrive, achieving their goals both personally and academically.

Since joining the Inspiration Trust - twice ranked the top comprehensive school’s group in the country for progress to GCSE - the academy has had massive investment in facilities, including new science labs and a state of the art sports centre. The large site means students have space to grow as they become young adults. The school recently won the AcSeed award, reflecting its support of student wellbeing. The academy’s timetable and enrichment programme give dedicated sessions for sports and cultural experiences, taking full advantage of the expansive playing fields, swimming pool, hockey and football pitches.

Principal Louise Jackson said “I would really encourage families to come and experience The Hewett for themselves. Our school is small, caring and allows each individual to shine in their specific talents and areas of interest. We have high aspirations for all - come and meet our student leaders who will speak passionately about being a part of Hewett Academy.”

The Hewett Academy’s Open Day is on Thursday 26th September, from 5pm to 7pm

For more, go to www.inspirationtrust.org/hewettacademy or call 01603 628181

 

Hobart High School

Hobart High School is a popular and successful school. It provides a place where children feel happy, safe and supported. High quality teaching is in evidence throughout the school. Students understand that it expects the same diligence from them. Academic results are only part of the picture. Sport, Music and Drama are important elements of life at , as is Student Leadership. Its aim is that every student should leave as a confident young adult able to pursue their chosen path to higher education or employment.

To visit or find out more, contact 01508 520359 or office@hobart.norfolk.sch.uk

 

Jane Austen College

Students at Jane Austen College students achieve both academic and extra-curricular success. Its exam results are consistently at the top of the Norwich rankings, which it topped with its A Levels in 2018. All students study a curriculum of rigorous academic subjects, which prepares them well for whatever route they wish to pursue in the future.

Its extra-curricular activities are also at the heart of the school. It has a comprehensive electives programme that every student takes part in, including things like Forensics, Military History and Nintendo, as well as sport, music and drama.

Unique amongst local schools, it offers an extended school day where students can stay until 5:30pm three days a week to complete their homework and other activities. This means school can support your other family commitments and provide a place for your child after school when needed.

Principal David Thomas says: “Jane Austen was a rebel in her time, writing bestsellers when society said women shouldn’t be allowed to write. She changed the world for the women who would come after her. We give our students the knowledge and character they need to make the world a better place for their generation and the ones that will follow.”

The open evenings will take place on Thursday 19th September from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, and Monday 23rd September from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

Go to www.inspirationtrust.org/janeaustencollege or see 01603 463800

 

Norwich High School for Girls

At the end of June, Norwich High School for Girls organised its most ambitious Inspiring Females Summit event at the amazing Chelsea Football Club - a unique day for over 700 girls aged 9 to 16, many from across Norfolk.

The event attracted 40 high-profile speakers such as broadcaster/researcher Dr Stephanie Hare, Lawyer and Founder of Women in Business publication Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, and former Chelsea Football Club Captain Katie Chapman.

There were also some amazing guests from Norfolk including two Norwich High alumnae; Genevieve Raghu (Artistic Director and Founder of Into Opera), and The Hon. Alice Walpole OBE, who has a career spanning over 30 years in the Foreign Office.

The event was a real success with girls praising the quality of talks, professional organisation and how there were so many inspiring takeaways. Quotes which really resonated with the girls included; “Keep collaborating, you're always more powerful as a collective”, “Keep talking about your passions, the world needs different people because different is incredible” and “You are not created to go with the flow. You are created to create the flow.”

Find out more about Inspiring Females at www.inspiringfemales.org.uk or follow their twitter feed @InspFemales

For information about Norwich High Schools for Girls go to www.norwichhigh.gdst.net or call 01603 453265

 

Norwich School

Norwich School is a co-educational, independent day school which welcomes boys and girls from 4-years old through to Sixth Form.

In 2018 the school expanded the Lower School with purpose-built Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classrooms. Set in the beautiful Cathedral Close, it is a traditional yet lively place which provides a rounded and stimulating education.

Pupils consistently achieve the top grades in Norfolk for both GCSE and A-level. The school believes that education is about more than statistics. At the school pupils also enjoy beautiful surroundings and a remarkable history, with pupils benefitting from specialised facilities and a broad curriculum.

Recently voted as one of the best schools in the country for the Arts, Norwich School offers numerous opportunities for children to excel in drama, dance and music.

Sport is a strong element of school life, where pupils are encouraged to be the best they can be whilst also finding something that they can participate in for life. Norwich School competes in 21 different sports against other schools, with recent successes at a national level.

Financial help is available through means-tested assistance and scholarships.

To find out more, go along to the Open Day on Saturday 21st September from 9.30am – 12.30pm.

Register at www.norwich-school.org.uk/openday or call admissions on 01603 728449

 

Langley School

Langley is a co-educational, inclusive, day and boarding school from 2-18. It is fortunate to be set on two enviable 100+ acre countryside sites: the Pre-Prep and Prep school are based in Taverham, the Senior and Sixth Form are just outside Loddon.

These green, stunning campus locations are a wonderful canvas which allow children space to breathe and grow, as well as enjoying the benefits of being on the doorstep of the vibrant and dynamic city of Norwich.

You are warmly invited to attend the Open Morning on Saturday 28 September which offers an ideal opportunity to view the Prep and Senior school in operation, talk to staff and go on tours provided by current pupils.

Langley offers scholarships to pupils of outstanding ability from age 7 and these are awarded based on the results of assessments and interviews.

For children aged 2 - 13 visit the Prep School:

Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall, Taverham, NR8 6HU 01603 868206 www.langleyschool.co.uk

For pupils aged 10 - 18 visit the Senior School:

Langley Senior School, Loddon, NR14 6BJ 01508 520210 www.Langleyschool.co.uk

 

Thetford Academy

Thetford Academy is a comprehensive community 11-18 school which balances high academic and behavioural expectations with a caring, personalised approach. The academy boasts some of the most modern facilities in the county.

The school is committed to pursuing high academic standards and providing a broad, rich curriculum designed not only to prepare pupils for employment, but also to enable them to become rounded global citizens.

The foundation to this is a resolute commitment to upholding high standards of conduct. Thetford Academy is a calm, safe school and its families can expect their children to learn in a purposeful, disruption free environment.

Although it is a large school, they work hard to ensure each child is catered for as an individual. There is a wide network of support staff to meet each child’s needs. There are numerous opportunities for pupil participation and leadership. The academy is part of a nationally recognised anti-bullying programme.

Outside the classroom there is a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities to enrich the pupil experience. Thetford pupils have visited locations as diverse as India and the USA and regularly participate in sporting and artistic events.

A visit is strongly recommended and welcomed. Thetford Academy’s Open Day is on Thursday 3rd October from 6pm to 8pm

See www.inspirationtrust.org/thetfordacademy or call 01842 754875

 

Wymondham School

Miss E Traynor from Wymondham High Academy writes:

“As the highest performing state school in Norfolk for GCSE results we have a huge amount to be proud of. With 1560 young people in our community, we have a huge amount to offer from the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme (Bronze to Gold], YOPEY befriending in our local care homes, a huge range of sports clubs and activities (many of our children represent Gt Britain in their chosen sports) to Harry Potter quiz nights and Quiz and Chips evenings.

Our academic curriculum is varied, and pupils have the opportunity to study a broad range of subjects throughout their time with us, all of which are available in our Post-16 community. The Sixth Form has been graded as Outstanding by Ofsted and the majority of our young pupils continue their education journey with us from Year 7 to Year 13. We have very high expectations of our children and they respond brilliantly to this (smiling and holding open a door costs nothing!).

The wellbeing of our pupils is paramount, and all our young people can benefit from a dedicated, highly skilled, wellbeing and inclusion team”.

For further information call 01953 602078 or see www.wymondhamhigh.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

chool, it will have its own separate admissions procedure.

Catchment Areas 

To find the designated school for your area visit http://www.whereilive.norfolk.gov.uk – School Catchments or http://maps.norfolk.gov.uk/schoolcatchments/schools.aspx

Applying to a School out of Catchment Area:

When you fill in the application form you’ll be asked to list the schools you’re applying for. You must apply for at least 3 schools in order of preference. Whether a place is offered will depend on the school’s admission process and if places are available. Priority is always given to pupils who live within the catchment area of a school.

The Application Process 

Submit your application for a primary or secondary school place online. An email receipt will confirm that the application has been received. Online applications can be changed right up to midnight on the closing date.

 

Norfolk County Council Applications:

Reception Applications:

The online system will be available from 28 September 2018 until midnight on 15 January 2019.

Junior School Applications:

The online system will be available from 8 November 2018 until midnight on 15 January 2019.

Secondary School Applications:

The online system will be available from 11 September 2018 until midnight on 31 October 2018.

Norfolk Contacts:

Education helpline: 0344 800 8020

Online applications: www.admissionsonline.norfolk.gov.uk

Email: admissions@norfolk.gov.uk

 

Offer Day

There are now set dates when school places are officially confirmed. These are:

1 March 2019 – Secondary Schools

16 April 2019 – Primary Schools

 

Read a general overview of each school and find out when the Open Days will be taking place...

 

Broadland High Ormiston Academy

Aron Whiles, Principal of Broadland High Ormiston Academy, writes:

“I am very proud to be the Principal of Broadland High Ormiston Academy which is an ambitious and caring community, with an unwavering commitment to support every student to grow and flourish, fulfil their potential and achieve their hopes and ambitions for the future. We place our students at the very heart of every decision, ensuring that we provide a safe, supportive and caring environment where every student is happy and successful. Our CORE academy values of Commitment, Ownership, Responsibility and Excellence are central to our school ethos of ‘Inspiring Students to Succeed’.

As part of the Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) family of schools we work in close partnership with the network of academies locally, regionally and nationally, sharing a commitment to raise standards, aspirations and achievement for every student in our academy.

We expect the very highest standards from all our students and encourage them to do their very best in everything they do, whatever their ability or personal circumstances. From the very first moment students make a decision to choose our academy to the moment they take their first steps into further education or training, we offer a rich, cohesive curriculum and a supportive pastoral system that will lead students calmly and confidently into adult life.

We always welcome visitors to our academy (judged as ‘Good’ by Ofsted 2016) and I would strongly encourage you to come and see for yourself how we are ‘Inspiring Students to Succeed’ every day at Broadland High Ormiston Academy”.

The Open Days are:

Thursday 4 October 2018: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Monday 8 October 2018: 1.45pm – 2.45pm
Tuesday 9 October 2018: 9.15am – 10.15am

For more details call 01603 782715 or go to www.broadlandhighoa.co.uk

 

Great Yarmouth Charter Academy

Great Yarmouth Charter Academy is a relatively new name, but the school can trace its roots back hundreds of years – making it one of the oldest schools in Norfolk.

The current incarnation reflects that grammar school heritage and the academy is striving to make those traditional values of quality academic teaching and good behaviour available to all of the town’s young people, so they are guaranteed the very best start in life.

The school has big plans with a new building, refurbished facilities, and a sixth form all in the pipeline.

Headmaster Barry Smith said: “My parents taught me that with persistent effort and patience amazing things can be achieved. I want to make sure that the children of Charter have that same self-belief.

“There’s a lot more to school than just passing exams. Every good teacher knows that, and we offer excellent sporting and cultural opportunities for our young people. But good grades open doors, and at Charter we want the best grades for all of our pupils. We want to keep those doors of opportunity wide open.”

Parents can find out more at the academy’s Year 7 open evening on September 27.

See www.inspirationtrust.org/greatyarmouthcharter for further information

 

Cliff Park Ormiston Academy

The Governors, Principal, staff and students warmly welcome prospective Year 6 students, parents and guardians to Cliff Park Ormiston Academy’s Open Evening on Thursday 4 October 2018 at 6pm.

Cliff Park Ormiston Academy is a vibrant and happy place, where every student is given the opportunity to succeed. As part of Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), it is committed to serving its community and were judged by Ofsted in September 2016 as a “Good” with some “exceptional” features. A highly aspirational ethos exists, based on the core values of Discover, Create, Thrive and Achieve - the four names of the academy’s ‘communities’.

There’s much to be proud of at the academy; the achievements of its amazing students, its excellent staff and its high-quality facilities. Examination results consistently place the academy in the top 20% of secondary schools nationally. Cliff Park strives to ensure that there is something special for everyone, offering an outstanding range of extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities.

It is a great time to study at Cliff Park Ormiston Academy and prospective pupils and their parents are encouraged to visit to explore the boundless opportunities on offer. The future is filled with possibilities and you will be afforded a warm welcome!

Call 01493 661504 or visit www.cliffparkoa.co.uk

 

Hethersett Old Hall School

Stephen Crump, Headmaster of Hethersett Old Hall School, writes:

“Choosing a school is one of the most important decisions parents face - perhaps even more daunting if it’s an independent school you are looking for. There are several good ones in the Norfolk and Norwich area, all with prospectuses and websites justifiably glowing with pride! So how do you choose? I believe it largely comes down to personal choice and instinct: after all, you know your own child best. But I can also say, with certainty, that what makes Hethersett Old Hall stand out from the crowd, is the individual nurturing pupils enjoy in our deliberately small classes, and the warm and caring community. This is always remarked upon by visitors and hugely valued by our families.

In the end, there is no substitute for visiting in person and having a close look at the schools you are considering. Visit when school’s in full swing if you can, and don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions, not just from the person showing you around and from the Head, but from other parents, pupils and teachers, too.”

Hethersett Old Hall School is for boys and girls from age 3 and girls only from Year 7. Early Years funding is accepted.

Call 01603 810390 or email enquiries@hohs.co.uk or visit www.hohs.co.uk

 

Hewett Academy, Norwich

The name is familiar to many in Norwich, but lots of people aren’t aware of the recent transformation of the Hewett Academy.

The school is now ranked Good by Ofsted and has seen rising GCSE results, outstripping several other city schools in the Government’s preferred Progress 8 measure that shows how much pupils improve during their time at the school.

Since joining the Inspiration Trust – twice ranked the top comprehensive schools’ group in the country for progress to GCSE – the academy has had massive investment in facilities, with new science labs, refurbished classrooms and social areas, and a new sports hall opening this September.

The large site means students have space to think and grow as they become young adults; the school recently won the AcSEED award, reflecting its support for student wellbeing.

The academy’s timetable includes dedicated time for sports and cultural experiences, taking full advantage of the expansive playing fields, swimming pool, and hockey and football pitches.

Principal Rebecca Handley Kirk said: “Although the school is well-known, I would really encourage families to come and experience the school for themselves. 97% of parents told Ofsted their children were happy at the Hewett, and we would love you to join them.”

See www.inspirationtrust.org/hewettacademy for further information

 

King Edward VII Academy

King Edward VII Academy believes that strength comes from togetherness. Students and staff work together to ensure that each individual plays a crucial part in the overall community of KES Academy and its successes. The academy combines the unity of a traditional house system with exciting enrichment programmes, whilst maintaining an uncompromising focus upon individual academic success.

Students are welcomed to carry on their studies through to sixth form education, with a support network of dedicated staff ready to help individuals realise their future career path and help them to pursue it.

The sports provision is a marker of the emphasis placed on developing well-rounded young adults. It also serves as a symbol of the academy’s wider aims – the exceptional progress for every student, pride in the academy, togetherness in everything, fair play and healthy competition.

KES Academy welcomes you to explore its facilities and see it at work at its upcoming Open Days:

Monday 17 September, Tuesday 18 September and Wednesday 19 September at 9.15am

There is also an Open Evening on Tuesday 18 September at 6pm.

To book, visit www.kesacademy.co.uk/opendays

 

Norwich School

Norwich School is a coeducational, independent day school for pupils aged four to eighteen. Set in the beautiful Cathedral Close, it is a traditional yet lively place where boys and girls enjoy a rounded and stimulating education.

Recently named as East Anglia Independent Secondary School of the Year by The Sunday Times, Norwich School achieves exceptional results with pupils consistently achieving the top grades in Norfolk for both GCSE and A-level. It believes that an education for life is about more than statistics. The school enjoys local character, beautiful surroundings and a remarkable history. Staff and pupils together create a supportive atmosphere and boys and girls benefit from specialised facilities and a broad curriculum.

Voted as one of the best schools in the country for the Arts, Norwich School offers numerous opportunities for children to excel in drama, dance and music.

Sport is a strong element of school life, with a focus on wanting individuals to be the best that they can be and encouraging them to find something that they can participate in for life. Norwich School competes in 21 different sports against other schools, with recent successes at a national level.

Financial help is available through bursaries.

To find out more go to the Open Day on Saturday 22 September, 9.30am – 12.30pm.

Register at www.norwich-school.org.uk/openday or call admissions on 01603 728449

 

Thetford Academy

A vibrant community school, Thetford Academy’s modern campus ensures that the town’s young people have access to the latest facilities for lessons, sport, and culture.

Those are well matched by its talented and caring staff team, who ensure that students are looked after and taught well from joining, from primary right through to sixth form, and the academy’s award-winning careers service ensures they can make confident next steps too.

The Croxton Road site boasts a £19m purpose-built main school building, with dedicated spaces on site for sport, music, and drama. The school regularly competes against other teams in a wide range of sports and has a lively schedule of plays and musicals.

Principal Dan Carter said: “The academy has a proud culture of learning, aspiration, and community.

“We have fantastic links with local businesses, arts, music, and sports groups. Our academy is a place for the whole town to come and grow.

“It's a great place to be, and I invite you to come and see for yourself at our open evening on 3 October exactly what makes Thetford Academy such a special place, and the right place for your child to learn for their future.”

See www.inspirationtrust.org/thetfordacademy for further information

 

Wymondham College

Dan Browning, Headteacher at Wymondham College told Primary Times:

“We are justifiably proud of our student’s academic success, which is an important aspect of our work. However, college life beyond the classroom is central to our belief in a holistic education.

As illustrated on our website, our extensive ‘Wymondham Life’ programme offers a huge array of activities including charity events, sport, community work and our Combined Cadet Force. The dimension that a boarding school provides adds real value to our outstanding school. Our students are confident, articulate, well-rounded individuals who understand the importance of team work and resilience. We are proud of our high standards of pastoral care which were recognised by Ofsted in January 2017; “There is a culture of high expectation and high attainment. Many children and young people exceed their academic expectations because of the support that they receive.”

Whilst our website gives a flavour of what makes Wymondham College such an amazing place to study, the best way to experience it is to come and see for yourself”.

See www.wymondhamcollege.org or call 01953 609000

 

Beeston Hall School

Fred de Falbe, Head of Beeston Hall School told Primary Times:

"Over the summer I encountered a book entitled Flourish, by Martin Seligman, a professor of psychology in the USA, which explores the merits and importance of optimism. Our shared quest for good outcomes is strongest, of course, when applied to our children. As we balance their needs with the pressures of 21st century life we do all we can to ensure their experiences of life are positive.

One of the great privileges of leading a school such as Beeston Hall is being able to oversee an environment and atmosphere where children of all types can and do flourish (the school motto is ‘Let Confidence Flourish’).

If the atmosphere is one of optimism, children can be and are wonderfully responsive. At Beeston everything takes place on a scale which is not intimidating, so children can be nudged towards trying new things and building skills and understanding, as well as confidence, without fear of failure. Large scale failure is what puts us all off the option to take risks and improve our situations and this is absolutely at the centre of what the entrepreneurs of tomorrow need. We aim high – with optimism!

Our record of children winning scholarships (and sometimes generous bursaries) to secondary schools is what we are most proud of, as we begin the process of unlocking potential in young people who are keen and able contributors”.

The school’s Open Mornings are on Friday 5 October and Saturday 13 October, from 9am to 11am. Alternatively, arrange to go for a chat and a coffee.

See www.beestonhall.co.uk

 

Diss High School

The Diss High School motto is “Carpe Diem – Seize the Day”. The school encourages students to grasp every opportunity and reach their full potential. This is a friendly and welcoming school, committed to high standards of achievement, behaviour and discipline.

Whilst building on the traditional strengths of the school, it is also forward thinking, and seeks to combine the best of the old and the new. The aim is to achieve excellence in all it does: not only in academic matters, but also in the outstanding range of extra-curricular opportunities on offer. From Sport to Drama, Music to the Duke of Edinburgh Award, expeditions to Tanzania and Kenya, Erasmus Projects and School Shows – there is plenty to be involved in.

The school has a highly valued Pastoral System, providing all students with opportunities for participation, responsibility and leadership. Students contribute to the life of the school, both individually and collectively, by representing their year or tutor group in a range of activities and special events.

The next Open Evening is on Thursday 11th October from 5.30pm onwards.

Find out more at www.disshigh.norfolk.sch.uk

 

Hobart High School

Hobart High School is a popular, successful school that aims to provide a place where children feel happy, safe and supported while they pursue their studies and interests.

High standards are at the heart of everything the school does. High quality teaching is in evidence throughout the school and students understand that they expect the same diligence from them. This helps them gain the level of academic success which will open as many doors as possible for them in the future.

Academic results are only part of the picture. Participating in and enjoying sport, music and drama are important elements of life at Hobart. They are often a gateway to incredibly satisfying personal achievements and career opportunities. Equally important are other enriching experiences; from trips, events, lunch clubs and involvement in local charity projects.

Students are encouraged to engage in how the school operates through Student Leadership and Voice. Through this they gain the skills of representing and negotiating change for their fellow students.

The aim is that every student should leave as a confident young adult able to pursue their chosen path to higher education or employment.

To visit or find out more contact 01508 520359 or office@hobart.norfolk.sch.uk

 

City of Norwich School

City of Norwich School – an Ormiston Academy, is a secondary school and sixth form for 11 to 18 year olds on Eaton Road in Norwich. Known as CNS, it has served its community for over 100 years, remaining loyal to its historic roots whilst continually regenerating and redefining itself to meet the needs of all members of its school community. The school is proud of its heritage and the motto of ‘Excellence In All’ reflects the school's vision of achieving the very highest standards in everything.

The broad, balanced and enriching curriculum enables every child to grow in academic and creative depth, as well as confidence and happiness. Students benefit from a number of unique opportunities such as the partnership with the London Guildhall School for Music and Drama and the Norfolk Music Hub, with music scholarships available for up to 10% of each year group based on music potential, aptitude and ability. CNS is also a direct licensed centre for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, offering Bronze, Silver and Gold, as well as many other award winning extra-curricular clubs.

The next open evening is Thursday 4th October 2018 from 5.30pm.

Visit www.cns-school.org

 

 

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