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Headteacher's Blog

Keep up to date with specific news, thoughts and insights from our Headteacher, Mr Loftus.  Posts will be updated regularly to give a wide range of relevant news and information for students, parents and staff.

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  • Sixth Form Success

    Published 26/01/17

    The performance tables published recently offer a perspective to parents on sixth form provision.

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  • Merry Christmas from Norton College

    Published 16/12/16

    As we break for the Christmas holidays, it is always a chance to reflect on the term just completed. It has, once again, been full of the traditional Norton themes.

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  • Performance Tables Published

    Published 13/10/16

    The 2016 performance tables were published this month. These capture only half the story about achievement at Norton. They show that 52% of students achieved A*- C in English and maths at their first attempt, but just as some of us sit our driving test a second time and pass, we think that some children should be given more than one chance to sit these important examinations if we believe they could improve their grade. If these were our final results, we would be considered to be performing at national expectations.

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  • Congratulations and celebrations all round

    Published 27/09/16

    It’s been a year to shout about at Norton College. Results for our GCSE and A Level/BTEC students are the best ever results in the school’s history.

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  • A new school year begins

    Published 16/09/16

    Students returned to College looking happy and smart and in my assembly I took the opportunity to celebrate our examination success with them.

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  • Sensational Sixth form and GCSE results

    Published 28/08/16

    The Summer has ended with students and staff celebrating a sensational set of Sixth Form results. Results in all types of qualification were the best ever recorded. More students than ever before took up University places. Approximately 70% of Year 13 secured their first choice in predominantly local, prestigious, Universities such as Durham, Newcastle, York and Leeds and Hull. Courses that were followed were diverse including Biosciences, Midwifery, Mathematics, English, History. While some have opted to study specialist degrees in Media, ICT, Performing Arts, Teacher Training or Agricultural and Livestock Sciences.

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  • Progress in Dynamic times

    Published 17/05/16

    In such dynamic educational times, I could not be more pleased with Norton’s agreed direction of travel.

    Everything that we do at Norton is about giving our children the skills, qualities and qualifications to enable them to have the opportunity to secure a place at university or a career of their choice, a relevant alternative.

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  • 1st March, 2016

    Published 01/03/16

    A significant week in the lives of Year 6 students when offer letters for secondary places are sent out.  We are delighted with the interest in Norton College and have added capacity both in terms of teachers and pastoral teams to ensure that all who want a place at Norton have been offered one.  We look forward to meeting you on our first Friendship Afternoon, Thursday 17th March.

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  • Looking back to look forward

    Published 22/01/16

    The 2015 performance tables were published this month.  While many parents do not rely on them to inform their decisions on which school to choose, if they did look at them they would find that on lots of measures both our sixth form and main school compare very favourably to local schools.

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  • A Christmas update

    Published 15/12/15

    2015 Results. The verdict

    While we knew the results in the Summer were brilliant, we have now received an external analysis which tells us just how great they were. An organisation called Fischer Family Trust (FFT) has compared the progress of our Year 11 students with students in other schools across the country who had similar starting points.  FFT told us that the progress of Norton students would place them in the top 15% of students across the country.

    A similar report was sent by the DfE which also painted a positive picture for Year 13 results. The progress of students, particularly in applied learning, has been confirmed as much higher than what they would have been expected to achieve in other schools or colleges.  Great news for students and staff!

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  • Trips and Visits – Life changing enhancement

    Published 16/11/15

    November has encapsulated what Norton is truly about.  A wonderful combination of trips and visits, careful academic support for all children, which were topped off with a fantastic Charity Event. 

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  • 23rd October, 2015

    Published 23/10/15

    Business as Usual.

    The College has settled into a weekly routine which is both fast paced and productive. The positive summer results have been analysed and evaluated with leaders at all levels and we feel confident that although the exam system is usually unpredictable, everything that staff can do to prepare children to be successful in examinations is being done.

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