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Norton Canes High School is a truly unique school which values each child as an individual, allowing for a personalised experience for all.  We look to develop learners who are prepared for the demands of 21st century, fostering skills in resilience, independence and confidence.

We secure the best opportunities for students, with all accessing appropriate next steps.  This is achieved through quality careers guidance and preparation for future learning and employment.

The school achieved an Ofsted ‘Good’ rating in 2016.  The report recognised the successes and hard work of everyone in the school including most importantly our pupils, all teams of staff within the school, our governors, parents and other professionals linked to our school. It is very rewarding to note how proud our pupils are to be a part of the school and how much they enjoy learning

Inspectors praised the ‘typically good’ behaviour of pupils and their ‘good attitudes to learning’. They also recognised the ‘commitment of all adults in the school to ensuring that pupils achieve the best that they can’ and the enthusiasm of teachers and their good subject knowledge.

Post 16 was also highly praised describing the ‘revitalising of provision’ and ‘expectation of continual improvement and standards’. We run our own post 16 programme and outcomes for pupils have risen sharply over the last few years at both GCSE and Post 16 with more able pupils achieving particularly well. We have dedicated time every day for numeracy and reading and also have additional support for maths and English to ensure that all our pupils are equipped to achieve good outcomes at GCSE and beyond.

Since our last Ofsted, the school has continued to develop and grow in numbers.  We continue to offer a personalised and individual learning experience for young people. It can best be described as being part of a caring family, in which guidance and support are ever present, with all pupils being given the opportunity to achieve their highest possible aspirations. We are committed to high standards of academic attainment and achievement through years 7 – 13 enabling all pupils to flourish.

Our curriculum is broad and is continually reviewed. Students are also able to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities and a choice of residential and overseas visits. We place a high priority on the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our students, and, as a result, they have a good understanding of how to communicate, behave and appreciate other cultures. Likewise, we foster strong links with our local and wider community, working closely with the Community Partnership, Universities, local societies, churches and libraries, where we regularly hold exhibitions of students’ work. We are one of a few high schools in Staffordshire to host a fully staffed resource base for children with autism. We are very proud of this facility which enables students to follow a full school curriculum and achieve excellent outcomes. This supports our very inclusive school ethos and complements our fully staffed ‘Hub’ where pupils can follow personalised learning programmes.

We offer outstanding social and emotional support for pupils, utilising expertise from an on-site social worker, the school nurse and other professionals.

Facilities at Norton Canes High School are outstanding, and we boast a purpose-built theatre, a fitness suite, a mindfulness garden and a Post-16 study centre.

Community is at the heart of everything we do – be it school community or local.  Staff and governors work together to ensure that pupils aspire, achieve and succeed.

We would encourage you to come and view the school to see the school ethos for yourself.

Sarah Diggory

Acting Headteacher