City of Norwich School

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City of Norwich School
Established 1910
Type Academy
Headteacher Mr Jim Nixon
Chair of Governors Mr Paul Fisher
Location Eaton Road
Coordinates: 52°36′47″N 1°16′34″E / 52.613°N 1.276°E / 52.613; 1.276
Local authority Norfolk
DfE number 926/4065
DfE URN 141269 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1,701 pupils
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Houses Kelling, Blakeney, Holkham, Thornham, Winterton
Website CNS

The City of Norwich School, more commonly known as CNS, is a coeducational secondary school and sixth form with academy status. It is situated on Eaton Road in Norwich in the English county of Norfolk.


In 1910 the Education Committee decided to merge the King Edward VI Middle School in Norwich with the Municipal and Presbyterian Schools for boys to create the new City of Norwich School, a boys' grammar school, which was to be built at Eaton.[1][2]

Grammar school[edit]

It had around 950 boys in 1960, and around 850 in 1969 when administered by the Norwich Education Committee.


It became a comprehensive in 1970 at which point its name changed to Eaton (City of Norwich) School and co-educational in 1971. Three female sixth-formers were admitted in 1972 (Hazel, Marian and Mary.) The school was refurbished in 2007. The Arc is a brand new building, as is the Skinner Centre.


Previously a community school administered by Norfolk County Council, City of Norwich School converted to academy status on 1 September 2014 and is now sponsored by Ormiston Academies Trust. However the school continues to coordinate with Norfolk County Council for admissions.


It has over 1,500 pupils and currently employs over 190 staff. As well as being a secondary comprehensive school the school also has a sixth form, in partnership with the smaller Hethersett High School, with 791 pupils.[3]

It is situated just west of the A146 ring road (former A47), with the A11 to the north and the A140 to the south. Eaton Golf Club is next door to the south-west.

House system[edit]

There are five houses within the school which are named after famous beaches in Norfolk. These houses are Blakeney whose colour is Blue, Holkam whose colour is Purple, Kelling whose colour is Green, Thornham whose colour is Yellow and Winterton whose colour is Red.

Charities Week[edit]

CNS Charities Week is a week usually the last school week before Christmas where the pupils and members of staff attempt to raise as much money as possible for a charity of the school's choice. The week involves fund raising activities such as Total Wipeout, The X Factor, a teacher auction and CNS Got Talent.

Notable former pupils[edit]

City of Norwich School (boys' grammar school)[edit]

King Edward VI Middle School[edit]

Bronze sculpture by Brian Alabaster ARBS of Tom Running at City of Norwich School


  1. ^ Langley School. "History". Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  2. ^ CNS, CNS Prospectus 2014-15 (PDF), p. 10, retrieved 4 October 2013 
  3. ^ "City of Norwich School - Sixth Form Prospectus 2007/08" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  4. ^ Rose Prince (December 31, 2006). "Bernard Matthews: Life is still bootiful". The Independent. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  5. ^ Peter Trudgill (1974). Sociolinguistics: An Introduction. Penguin. p. 5. ISBN 0-14-021802-5. 

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