October 9, 2018
National Poetry Day was celebrated in style with year 7,8 and 9 pupils working with professional poet Matt Abbott. This year’s theme was ‘Change’ and Matt taught pupils how to start with simple ideas and develop them into great sounding poetry.
Our pupils were really inspired by Matt’s performance styled poetry and we were lucky to work with him as he began a 22 date UK tour the very next day. Matt is well known for his Spoken Word poetry. He has his own record label and has performed at various venues such as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Matt really enjoyed working at Cornelius, calling our pupils ‘legends’ on his Twitter feed shortly after.
Several pupils told us how they now wanted to keep writing poetry, but one summed it up perfectly: “I never liked poetry before; but now I love it.” A great day and we’d love to work with Matt again.
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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.