Our Library

If you cannot find a title in our library, we will order it for you.

Our commitment to pupils' reading is endless. With a refurbished, modern, and inviting library, we encourage all pupils to read to learn, read to revise and read for pleasure.

The library stocks an ever-growing range of fiction and non-fiction books, as well as, magazines, newspapers and a range of I.T. facilities. All is designed to not only support the curriculum but go beyond the curriculum to engage pupils in lifelong reading.


We are celebrating at the Cornelius Vermuyden School after being the first school in the country to receive the Children's Writers and Illustrators Group (CWIG) Reading for Pleasure Award during the 2020-21 academic year.

We have dedicated curriculum time where pupils can read for pleasure, as well as opportunity before and after school.

The Society of Authors is a trade union for professional authors of 11,000 members. Over 11% belong to the Children's Writers and Illustrators Group (CWIG) and these authors regularly visit schools across the country delivering talks and workshops.

In the congratulatory letter to the school, Jo McCrum (Head of Group for the Society of Authors) outlined:

"It was wonderful to hear about the work you have done (and achieved) at the school from Society of Authors member Beatrice Twumasi; and I have seen from Twitter the positive comments made about the school from authors Celia Rees and Catherine Johnson (both former CWIG committee members)".


We run many reading competitions through out the year:

  • The million words competition – Log reading 1,000,000 words on Accelerated Reader and you will win a prize!
  • 16 before 16 – Read 16 books from a list of 50 before 16 years old to be entered in to a prize draw!
  • Form prizes for the highest collective word count on Accelerated Reader
  • Book Review competitions


We test pupils reading ages termly to check pupils through Accelerated Reader and have seen huge leaps in reading ages on a regular basis. For mor information on Accelerated reader and Accessing it from home, see the link below:

Accelerated Reader


Below is an overview of our 3 strand Whole School Reading strategy.

For more detail, please see the link below:

Whole School Reading Strategy


Mrs Wood is our school Librarian and Careers Advisor. She really enjoys helping pupils discover new books, whether it be adventure, fantasy, manga, humour or sport, there is something for everyone! Mrs Wood organises the library, assists pupils in finding books and helps during reading lessons. She also conducts career meetings and gives guidance to all our upper school pupils.


Our Reading Ambassadors assist the librarian in a range of duties and are an additional friendly face to the library team. They are a great role model and show a strong commitment and stake in our school.

Are you someone who likes to help out positively contribute to your school?

Are you keen on volunteering?

See our librarian for any opportunities.

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Uniform & pe kit

Wearing uniform is obligatory; all pupils must comply with the school's uniform code. Not only does the uniform and smartness of out pupils add to the school's image and prestige in the wider community, but it contributes to a business-like atmosphere conductive to achievement.



We place a strong emphasis on pupils participating in activities beyond their regular timetable. These activities develop pupils' social skills, as well as their particular talents and interests. Involvement in such activities also creates a more rounded individual that future employers and colleges look out for.


DOWNLOAD our digital prospectus!

Please download a digital version of our prospectus

Our prospectus gives you a fully-rounded view of life at Cornelius Vermuyden School, and comes complete with our latest exam results.


National association of
Able Children in England

Cornelius Vermuyden are an official member of NACE (National association of Able Children in England).

Not only does this partnership support our development of our highest achieving pupils, it supports the development of every pupil in the school. We are committed to ensuring that a high level of challenge exists in the classroom in every lesson and to help potential convert to success and happiness for our pupils. We are firm believers that "rising tides lift all ships" and that if all students have a daily diet of challenging experiences at school and beyond, then this will help support their educational and personal development as learners and as people. Yet, as our 2016 GCSE results showed, those who come to us classed as more able achieve incredible results – for example, Callum Cuthbert leaving the school with 11 A* grades is an achievement that is not just well above the national average in terms of progress and achievement, but one that should be celebrated in terms of the school's work with its high achieving pupils.

However, here at Cornelius Vermuyden, we promote the ethos that all children must be given access to a positive mindset in terms of their learning. The message is clear; all young people are capable of reaching any goal they set their mind to if they are challenged and show a positive attitude to self - improvement . Cornelius Vermuyden places challenge and the importance of a 'growth mindset' at the heart of its teaching and learning vision for our pupils and our association with NACE is supporting this commitment to all pupils at the school.

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