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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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  • Welcome to a new school year, and our three ‘magic words’

    Published 09/09/19

    As many parents will know, I have worked at Norton College for a long time, now.  This academic year is my thirtieth in the college!  I have worked under five headteachers, and now it is my turn.  It is an honour and privilege, and, of course, a great responsibility to have been asked to lead the college.  I am fortunate to be supported by a talented senior leadership team, and an enthusiastic and hard working staff – teachers, teaching assistants, and support staff.  We are all here to ensure that students get the best possible experience, and the best start in life.

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  • Recognition

    Published 06/12/18

    It has been a term of good news and we cannot quite believe it is nearly over.  Results from the Summer were confirmed as good and the strongest in the area and the college has quickly settled into a rather busy, but productive routine.

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  • A summer of success

    Published 27/08/18

     The Summer has been punctuated by two brilliant results days. Initially students and staff celebrated another brilliant set of Sixth Form results. Norton is a unique local sixth form because it enables students to combine academic with vocational courses. Students have used this to their advantage to secure offers from a wide variety of degree courses; from Film Production at Salford University to Maths at York University.

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  • End of term

    Published 20/07/18

    The end of term has brought a flurry of events where our children have shone in events including; Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, cricket and football finals, work experience, Arts Festivals and proms. 

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  • How do we create and develop a culture of aspiration and engagement?

    Published 14/05/18

    A recent external review of SEND coupled with a series of interview days, has brought many visitors into College.  They all talked about how respectful our children are and fun to be with. We are so fortunate to work in a school where mutual respect is such a force in how staff and students speak to each other.

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  • We are all leaders

    Published 02/03/18

    How to build ambitious and aspirational leadership across the College.

    As a firmly established “Good” school we want to maintain the family feel of the College by helping develop a sense of responsibility in all. In other words, leaders’ jobs are to help their teams feel confident enough not to rely on their line manager for the solution to problems. The idea is to build in all our staff a sense that they are ambitious and autonomous.

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  • Our School Mission in action

    Published 06/02/18

    Our school mission is in every classroom and on every wall. We believe the children can be truly brilliant and we all work hard to give them every opportunity so that they have the skills, qualities and qualifications to be able to go onto University or start a career of their choice. Here are three stories about life at Norton from the last two weeks which sum up what the school’s mission is about in real terms.

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  • How to inspire a love of learning

    Published 30/01/18

    Teachers have so many ideas on how to improve their classrooms. To help focus this enthusiasm senior leaders work with staff to agree some common ideas that all teachers can try. We adhere to these few ideas for a few years to make them stick and we hope this helps children see the connections between subjects and develop as learners. I thought it might be useful to share the strategies staff are working on to inspire a love of learning in our students.

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  • Our three priorities

    Published 19/01/18

    We welcomed staff back to the Spring term with our final full training day of the year. Once again we talked about our progress as a school with our three priorities and we have agreed with governors to focus on.

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  • Connecting with the wider community

    Published 20/11/17

    In the last two weeks the school has connected with the wider community to mark three significant events. Once again a group of Year 9 students journeyed to Belgium to learn more about the significance of WW2. This is one of our longest standing international visits and this year coincided with Remembrance Sunday. This year was particularly successful, due to a combination of timing, great students, willing staff and an outstanding service from our travel company. Taking children away from College comes with lots of red tape and I am always so grateful to staff who give up their weekends to give children such memorable experiences. The pictures on Twitter were really evocative.

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  • Great News!

    Published 19/10/17

    I would like to share some great news with you. We are, again, a Good school following a visit from Ofsted on 20th September 2017.

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  • Moving forward

    Published 16/10/17

    While we await  the official report from our positive one day short inspection from Ofsted, school continues to operate at breakneck speed. Following a relaunch of our senior student programme, I recently enjoyed reading over 100 applications from students in all years. The quality of literacy, the amount of pride for the school and the desire to make a difference was impressive and I look forward to the next step in the selection process which will be led by the sixth form senior student team.

    Our new roof is slowly appearing and the consensus is that it looks smart. We hope contractors will complete their task a week after half term.  Students have dealt with this interruption well. This will improve the flow of children around the site as we will be able to re-open exits which have been closed since September.

    The application process for Year 6 applications for secondary places nears completion and a feature of my week has been to tour the College with prospective parents and their children.  Parents told me repeatedly how they wish they could come back to school if it was like Norton is now. I agree! It is a privilege to be able to walk into all classrooms and see the learning taking place. Work is active, challenging and yet the children are relaxed and engaged.

    The theme for last week’s assemblies was all about my favourite ASPIRE value- RESPECT . I talked about the rights of minorities in our country and the responsibility we all have to ensure that everyone is known and respected as an individual. It was encouraging to sense the receptiveness of the students to support those who could feel marginalised in school. 

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