Eaton & Cringleford

School nominated for ‘Oscars’

Just Regional
Apr 7, 2020 3 mins read

City of Norwich School is celebrating the news that it has been nominated for a Silver Award in the prestigious Pearson National Teaching Awards – education’s equivalent of the Oscars.

The nomination was in the Impact Through Partnership category, recognising the school’s unique link-up with the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Selected from thousands of entries, the nomination means that CNS – an Ormiston Academy – is one of 87 shortlisted nominees.  If successful, it will go on to compete to win one of just 14 Gold Awards later in the year.

The Pearson National Teaching Awards is an annual event, founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam, to recognise and celebrate the life-changing impact that inspirational teachers can have on the lives of the young people they teach.

Because of the coronavirus restrictions, judging for the Silver Awards will not be taking place in schools or colleges this year, but will instead be moved to a virtual system with video and telephone interviewing forming part of the process. The final 14 Gold Awards will be announced at the televised UK ceremony planned for later in the year and will be broadcast on the BBC as Britain’s Classroom Heroes.

CNS has had a partnership with the London Guildhall since 2014 and, through this, the Norfolk Centre for Young Musicians was established.  The partnership has meant students can take part in all kinds of events, from masterclasses and composition workshops through to recitals, concerts and visits to the Guildhall and Barbican in London.

Head Jo Philpott said: “City of Norwich School has an excellent reputation for music in the city and county as a result of the superb partnerships with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Norfolk Music Service. Performing Arts Faculty Leader, James Sunderland works tirelessly to ensure these partnerships are working to the benefit of students, promoting a life-long love of music participation. We are delighted that this achievement is being recognised in the National Teaching Awards.” 

Mr Sunderland added: “It is a huge honour to be nominated as a school for this award. It is a worthy recognition of all the hard work that everybody has put in to offer students of CNS and the wider community access to high quality music provision and I’m very proud to work with such dedicated students and staff in doing so.”

The pictures show a recent NCYM Samba & Percussion Workshop at CNS in which KS4 & 5 students got the chance to work with members of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. 

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