Norwich School has again been placed above all other independent schools in Norfolk and Suffolk in the annual Parent Power Schools Guide, published by The Sunday Times at the weekend. The guide lists the highest-achieving secondary schools in the UK and is particularly respected because it combines performance at both GCSE and A Level. It also compares performance from year to year to give an indication of consistency over time and it incorporates remarks to iron out anomalies from results day.
Climbing 12 places year-on-year to number 78 in the table, Norwich School is the only school in Norfolk and Suffolk listed in the top 100 independent schools. The position also compares favourably with leading co-educational urban day schools around the country. The position is based on assessment of 2019 academic results at GCSE and A level, which were again the best in the region, with 87% of grades A*-B at A level and 72% of grades A*-A at GCSE.
These results come hot on the heels of the school’s ISI inspection report, in which the school secured the top grade in every category and their recent nomination for the TES Independent School Creativity award. The Head Master, Steffan Griffiths, commented, “League tables are a relatively clumsy measure of a school’s quality as so much of an educational community’s strength comes from less tangible dimensions, including: the warmth of relationships between pupils, parents and staff; a willingness to contribute positively to the wider community; a diverse co-curricular offer to enable pupils to develop wide-ranging skills. However, it is gratifying that our academic processes continue to generate such positive outcomes as they create opportunities for our pupils when they leave us”.