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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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  • 7th July, 2017

    Published 07/07/17

    As usual, at the end of summer term there are the traditional changes of staffing. College is closing early at 12.30 on Friday 21 July 2017 so we can bid colleagues farewell.

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  • 12th May, 2017

    Published 12/05/17

    Schools are community and Norton, especially because of its size and family connections, feels like an extended family. Nothing gives us more pride than seeing students grow in our care in the 7 years they are with us. While we always focus on examination preparation, we also seek to support and nurture the skills and qualities in students which help them play an active part in our community

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  • 27th March, 2017

    Published 27/03/17

    The last two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity for the team at Norton – sporting fixtures, spring concert, an external review and exam preparation. Our traditional Spring Concert offered a brilliant showcase to some of the talents in the school. Our belief in student leadership meant that those students who organised, hosted and produced the event were assessed as part of their Post 16 courses.

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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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