July 9, 2018
Mrs Carol Skewes, Head Teacher of Cornelius Vermuyden School, announces her retirement. After sixteen years of leading the school she will leave at the end of the Autumn Term.
In her letter to parents she paid tribute to her highly committed and professional staff and her outstanding leadership team. She additionally thanked her Governing body and the parents/carers, students and community of Canvey for their support and trust over the years. She commented that she had enjoyed seeing the continuous improvement in the school over time and the challenges this provided. Steering the rebuilding of the school to provide outstanding facilities gave her great satisfaction and pride in what has been achieved and is available for current and future generations of Canvey students.
Chair of Governors, Mr Jeffrey Stanley said, “The whole school will be sorry to hear of the retirement of Mrs Skewes. Cornelius Vermuyden School has improved immeasurably under her Headship. She leaves it in a very strong position. The Governors have already started to seek a new Head Teacher. We are confident the replacement Head will be able to continue to improve the school and provide an outstanding education for pupils. We are planning to have the new Head in post by the time Mrs Skewes leaves to maintain continuity of leadership.”
From the Headteaher of Cornelius Vermuyden
From Jeffrey Stanley - Chair of Governors
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