City of Norwich School

The City of Norwich School, more commonly known as CNS, is a coeducational secondary school and sixth form with academy status in Norwich, England.

City of Norwich School
Eaton Road

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Coordinates52.613°N 1.276°E / 52.613; 1.276
Local authorityNorfolk
Department for Education URN141269 Tables
Chair of GovernorsMr Paul Fisher
HeadteacherMs Joanne Philpott
Age11 to 18
Enrolment1,720 pupils
HousesKelling, Blakeney, Holkham, Thornham, Winterton


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

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 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 co-ordinate 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

The pupils at CNS are split into five houses named after famous beaches in Norfolk: Blakeney, Holkham, Kelling, Thornham and Winterton. Their house colours are Blue, Purple, Green, Yellow and Red respectively.

Charities Week

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

City of Norwich School (boys' grammar school)

King Edward VI Middle School


  1. Langley School. "History". Archived from the original on 21 January 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  2. CNS, CNS Prospectus 2014–15 (PDF), p. 10, archived from the original (PDF) on 4 October 2013, retrieved 4 October 2013
  3. "City of Norwich School – Sixth Form Prospectus 2007/08" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 August 2008. Retrieved 14 February 2008.
  4. Rose Prince (31 December 2006). "Bernard Matthews: Life is still bootiful". The Independent. Retrieved 14 February 2008.
  5. Peter Trudgill (1974). Sociolinguistics: An Introduction. Penguin. p. 5. ISBN 0-14-021802-5.

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