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Leadership and Service

The school has a proud tradition of developing leaders dating back to 1096, with a long list of distinguished former pupils including: Sir Edward Coke, Humphry Repton, Lt Col Derek Seagrim VC, Major Hugh Seagrim GC, Lord Blake and Lord Ashcroft. The most famous of all Old Norvicensians is Horatio, Viscount Nelson.

We aim to continue this legacy by equipping our young people for a lifetime of leadership and service. We see these two concepts as interdependent; inspirational leadership always involving the service of others, and through service, essential leadership skills are developed.

We recognise also that inspirational leaders are people of character and have identified key characteristics of a Norvicensian that we seek to build and model: aspiration, collaboration, empathy, enthusiasm, humility, initiative, and integrity. 



The definition of leadership that Norwich School has adopted (based on a definition by Kevin Kruse) is:“Leadership is a process of social influence, which positively focuses the efforts of others towards the achievement of a shared aim.”

All pupils are given opportunities to develop their leadership skills through planned activities across the school including: 

  • Taught lessons, workshops and training
  • Societies and pupil representative bodies
  • Team leadership
  • An annual Upper 5 leadership conference
  • The Community Service Programme
  • Sea Scouts and Duke of Edinburgh

Community Service Programme

In the Lower School, through service in the community, pupils can work towards a Leadership and Service Award. In the Senior School, Lower and Upper 6 pupils take part in weekly-timetabled community service activities. The placements bring pupils into direct contact with a wide cross-section of the Norwich and Norfolk community, several of which contain people less fortunate than themselves.


Duke of Edinburgh

The school offers the opportunity to take part in the DofE programme at Bronze, Silver and Gold level. Pupils are invited to sign up for Bronze at the start of Lower 5, Silver at the start of Middle 5 and Gold in Lower 6 when they are 16.

Each award comprises of three sections; volunteering, physical and skill, and the expedition, which is undertaken in a group. At Gold there is an additional residential section. The programme enables meeting new people, helping others, developing skills and having fun along the way. 

A DofE Gold Award is held in high regard by colleges, universities and employers, as they recognise the extra personal and inter-personal skills required.