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12th May, 2017

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

This term for the first time, thanks to our community, all our sixth formers have been able to experience the world of work through weekly work experience. From sales to journalism, to primary school teaching, students have honed the softer skills that are so important in our world.

On an individual level, there are very many pupils who work so hard out of school hours to pursue their dream. Recently, I was contacted by the Yorkshire Cricket Board to inform me that Leah Dobson has been selected for the Yorkshire Girls County U15 Cricket Squad. In addition, such is her dedication to cricket, she has also been selected for the U17 squad. Leah’s season takes her away from her school work but we could not be more proud to release her from College to represent her family, her school and her county at such prestigious matches.

Schools are so much more than examination deliverers and at Norton the focus is always on the whole child – a focus I know parents value.