Norwich Community West Cluster

City Academy Norwich is part of the Norwich Community West Cluster which comprises 13 schools in West Norwich.

Other schools are:

Bluebell Primary, Clover Hill Infants, Chapel Break Infants, Earlham Early Years, Henderson Green Primary, Norwich Primary Academy, Nelson Infants, St Michaels Junior, Valley Primary, Wensum Junior, West Earlham Infants, West Earlham Junior

Norwich Community West Cluster is working closely together to ensure that children from all member schools receive a consistent approach to behaviour, attendance and learning and that their transition from one school in the Cluster to another will be as smooth and successful as possible.

View the Norwich Community West Cluster website here.

Creating a New Identity for the Cluster

To mark their commitment to joint working, over 50 children, parents and staff from all schools in the Cluster participated in a workshop held at City Academy Norwich in June 2011 to create an identity for the Cluster. Consultants from outside industry ran sessions on Logo Design, Wordsmithing and Making a Presentation. Participants then worked in teams to think of a new name and strap line, and to design a new logo. Finally, they presented their work to the Headteachers from the 13 schools, who chose the winning new identity.

Launching the New Identity

Norwich Community West Cluster was formally launched in the Lord Mayor’s Procession on 7th July 2011, when 150 parents and children from the 13 schools dressed up as Fairy Tale characters and danced behind their ‘Gingerbread Cottage and Garden’ float along St Stephens Street and past the panel of judges in Tombland. They were awarded a very well deserved First Runners up prize!

Winning the Lord Mayor’s Procession

Following the success of the 2011 procession the Cluster took part in June 2012 with a float entitled “Have You Got The Olympic Bug?”. The Cluster had fancy dress, large puppets and a wonderful trailer all decorated to celebrate the great athletes of the insect world, including the high jump flea. Hundreds of staff, parents and children from across the Cluster took part, this included putting the trailer together, making the puppets and dancing along the procession route. The Cluster was awarded First prize.

Cluster SEND

Currently the Cluster is working on developing provision for pupils with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND); this is being led by the Cluster SEND Sub-Committee. This group is made up of the member schools’ SENDCOs; the group considers provision, pupils, new opportunities and good practice. The Cluster SEND Sub-Committee highlights support for pupils who have high levels of need and require high needs top-up funding to enable them to access education through additional support.
Jonathan Bugg, SENDCO at City Academy Norwich also serves as the Cluster SENDCO.

Teaching and Learning

The Cluster Teaching and Learning Sub-Committee is sharing good practice, methodology and strategies. The Cluster organised a conference with Dylan Wiliam on Formative Assessment in June 2013, with 188 colleagues in attendance, 56 of whom were from outside of the Cluster. In May 2014 the Cluster had another conference on feedback at the Open Youth Venue, this was led by Binks Neate-Evans and Catrin Parry Jones, West Earlham Infant School and West Earlham Junior School respectively.