Norwich Lower School is one of Norfolk's top schools for boys and girls aged 4 to 11.
About the school
Norwich Lower School is located in the Lower Close, close to Norwich Cathedral and caters for boys and girls aged 4-11. Its impressive facilities, city centre location and wonderful opportunities give pupils an excellent start to their Norwich School education. A new extension to accommodate children from Reception age (4+) was opened in September 2018.
Pupils lead busy lives with opportunities for all in music, drama, sports and many extra-curricular clubs.
The vast majority of pupils from the Lower School progress to the Senior School at age eleven. Entry is based on the recommendation of the Master of the Lower School and there is usually no requirement to sit the formal entrance examination.
Norwich Lower School Holds a Lock-In for Street Child Charity
Last month Norwich Lower School held it’s first ever ‘Lock-in’, during which 80 pupils and staff spent the night at school sleeping in the classrooms! The event has raised over £4,600 for Street Child, a charity which helps to educate children in some of the toughest places in the world.
6th March 2019 — Last month Norwich Lower School held it’s first ever ‘Lock-in’, during which 80 pupils and staff spent the night at school sleeping in the classrooms! The event has raised over £4,600 for Street Child, a charity which helps to educate children in some of the toughest places in the world.
There was great excitement both about ‘sleeping over’ at school and that the funds raised will build a school in Sierra Leonel, bringing hope and a future for hundreds of other children in Africa. During the course of the afternoon and evening, pupils enjoyed playing outdoor games and a rotation of fun activities. The evening finished a little more quietly with films and most children and adults achieving some sleep.
NORWICH SCHOOL RECEIVES HIGHEST CHAMBER AWARD FROM NORFOLK CHAMBER
Norwich School has been awarded Norfolk Chamber’s highest level of the Young Chamber Enterprise Recognition Award. The award recognises education establishments that are committed to improving the employability skills of young people.
16th November 2018 — The Chamber’s Young Chamber Enterprise Recognition Award is an award recognising and celebrating education establishments in Norfolk that are committed to improving the employability skills of young people in our region.
Bearers of this award will have evidenced a clear understanding of the local business needs and will be working to equip students with the necessary skills as well as creating opportunities for students to engage with local organisations. An education establishment with the ‘Commended’ Gold Tick will have shown the most commitment to student employability outcomes and has gone above and beyond in delivering a culture of enterprise.
Norwich School were able to show their commitment to enterprise engagement across the life of their students. The Young Chamber judges were particularly impressed with the sustainable and focussed programmes that were in place to encourage students to consider their future opportunities in the world of business, which is why they awarded the ‘Commended’ level.
Commenting on their success, Head of Economic and Business Enterprise, Tom White said: “We’re very pleased to receive this award as it is the outcome of a sustained team effort. Norwich School approaches enterprise education from a wide angle. My colleagues have carefully put together a curriculum that is rich with work experience, community service, careers fairs and enterprise activity days. We have the active support of governors, parents and local business enhancing what we can offer in school. I am grateful to all the mentors, advisors and business people who have contributed to this success”.
“The Enterprise Recognition Award also highlights the high level of engagement we see from our pupils. In the classroom and their clubs, societies, competitions and Young Enterprise companies, our pupils show a commitment to enterprise. They are frequently resilient, creative, dynamic and entrepreneurial. Congratulations on their achievements”.
Nova Fairbank, Head of Policy, Governance and Public Affairs and a member of the Young Chamber Board said:
“One of Norfolk Chamber’s key priorities is helping to bridge the gap between business and education. Our Young Chamber programme is designed to help create stronger business engagement with schools and support the raising of young people’s aspirations and soft skills.
“We are delighted to be able to award ‘Commended’ status to Norwich School. They have an active agenda of engagement with the local business community and are very proactive in ensuring their students have access to business engagement opportunities, such as supporting Norfolk Chamber in the delivery of our B2B event, as well as running their own Young Chamber group, where the students deliver their own business breakfasts.”
The Chamber’s Enterprise Recognition Award is open to any school in Norfolk and is free to enter. The award aims to provide a platform to not only to recognise the work already happening within education, but to create a springboard for new relationships between businesses and education.
Norwich School launch Sensational Science for primary schools across Norwich
Norwich Lower School 'Sensational Science' sessions for primary schools across Norwich was launched in November.
18th December 2017 — In November Norwich Lower School launched 'Sensational Science' sessions for primary schools across Norwich. Sensational Science sessions give pupils from a variety of schools in Norwich the experience of being a 'mini scientist' for a afternoon. Pupils get the full experience of becoming a scientist, including wearing a lab coat and goggles.
The science sessions that have taken place so far have been called 'It IS Rocket Science'. In these sessions pupils enjoyed testing different methods to propel a rocket into space. Will they find a method to reach the moon?
Norwich School produces over 25 days worth of food for Reverse Advent Calendar
Norwich Lower School pupils collected produce over 25 days as part of a Reverse Advent Calendar.
18th December 2017 — Norwich Lower School pupils collected produce over 25 days as part of a Reverse Advent Calendar. Every child donated an item and by the end of the 25 days, the school had a fantastic selection to donate to the local Trussell Trust food bank. Norwich School pupils took several full boxes to the charity, where the volunteers explained to the pupils how food banks work.
Norwich School and The Writers Centre Norwich give opportunity to young writers
Literature project aims to help inspire the next generation of poets and authors in Norwich.
13th March 2017 — Norwich School has launched an exciting partnership with The Writers Centre Norwich to provide an opportunity for aspiring young creative writers. The initiative called ‘The Children’s City of Literature’ allows children to come together to take part in sessions where they can develop a range of different writing skills, whilst also learning first-hand the social impact of reading and writing. Over eight weeks, from the 11th January, pupils in years 5 and 6 from Norwich Lower School, St Williams Primary, Magdalen Gates Primary, Sprowston Junior and Cringleford Junior will build their ‘city’ word by word through writing stories about Norwich.
In 2012, Norwich was selected as England’s first UNESCO City of Literature based on the region’s rich literary heritage which includes some of the most radical and outspoken writers of our times: Julian of Norwich, Harriet Martineau and Thomas Paine. In keeping with this tradition, and guided by UEA tutor Nicholl Hardwick, the pupils will be writing their own works centred on the topic of Norwich. They will write it’s folk tales, ballads, travel guides and newspapers. At the end of the project the children will be the authors of the city’s first official book, which they will share with audiences at a showcase event in the Norwich School Blake Studio on the 26th April.
Norwich School teacher and project organiser Franziska Brugger said: “This is a great opportunity for able young writers to experience something outside their normal learning opportunities. We’re grateful to have the expertise of The Writers Centre Norwich contributing their specialist knowledge and proud that we’re able to offer this in collaboration with local schools. Hopefully we will be able to inspire the next generation of young writers in Norwich.”
A pupil from St Williams Primary added: “It’s really enjoyable, everyone gets involved and there’s the opportunity to explore new ideas every week. Working together with the other schools means it doesn’t feel like a classroom and makes it fun. Because we’re learning new things about Norwich it makes it all very real.”
U23 star Alex Mitton spoke to and trained some of Norwich School’s young pupils.
7th March 2017 — It’s not often you get to meet an international sportsman, let alone one who has just returned from tournaments in Tokyo and Dubai. However this was the opportunity that Lower School pupils had with the visit of Alex Mitton, U23 Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball star.
Alex gave an inspirational talk in assembly, describing his story and demonstrating that achieving your goals is possible if you work hard and have determination. He also gave a coaching session to some of the Third Form boys, who had a chance to try their hand at Wheelchair Basketball. They all agree it was far harder than they thought it would be!