Healthy Schools 2021

Cornelius Vermuyden School
September 14, 2021

The school is very proud to announce that it has been awarded Healthy School status by Katie Polhill, who is the Essex Healthy Schools and Public Health Manager. The status will run until 2023.   


Healthy School status shows that the school is promoting physical, social, emotional and mental health and helping to equip pupils, staff and families with the skills and attitudes to make informed decisions about their health.  


The four themes that the school had to show evidence of to the assessors were: 

  • Personal, Social and Health Education, including sex and relationships and drugs education;  
  • Healthy Eating, including healthy and nutritious foods;
  • Physical Activity;
  • Emotional Health and Well-being.

We are very pleased to have this status and are now working on developing the four key areas to enable us to reapply for Healthy School status in 2023. 

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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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