February 21, 2018
Last autumn twenty-three of our year 9 pupils (below) began their Brilliant Club Scholar’s Programme on a course about Conflict and Democracy in Burma. The topic was exceptionally challenging and it was with baited breath that we awaited their results at the end of January. They didn’t fail to deliver! Once again Cornelius Vermuyden pupils achieved an outstanding set of results, with two-thirds of them at upper-second class and above. In fact, over twenty-five percent were first-class passes. To put this in perspective, working at this standard is equivalent to a good pass at A level.
Many of the group worked hard to meet the deadline before Christmas, researching and writing up their 2,000 word assignments, complete with footnotes, referencing and bibliographies. Truly university skills. Some had their doubts, but with grit and resilience they succeeded. Unusually the graduation event was on a Saturday, so not all pupils could attend. That said, we were proudly represented at the University of East Anglia by some students and their families. Once again to the whole cohort, well done – you were exceptional.
As one group finishes, another begins, and this time it’s an opportunity for twelve of our year 7 pupils to begin the Scholar’s Programme (above). At the time of writing we don’t know what their topic will be, although they will find out on their launch visit at the University of East Anglia on Thursday 28th March. Here they will meet their PhD lecturer and begin the course, as well as being given a feel for university life. Having met the group, we know that they are full of enthusiasm and keen to begin. We have no doubt they will join the distinguished ranks of the past four years of Brilliant Club students at the Cornelius Vermuyden.
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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.
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