Open School Welcomes Prospective Students and Parents

Carol Skewes, Headteacher
October 10, 2017

On Saturday 7th October, we held our annual whole-school Open School. This was very well-attended which saw in excess of 400 families come to visit and sample the outstanding facilities, learning environment and ethos at Cornelius Vermuyden School. I am grateful to every parent, teacher, student and member of support staff who supported Open School. Parents commented that the day was a “wonderful experience” and praised the “welcoming staff” and “homely” atmosphere.

Our students were described overwhelmingly as “polite and extremely helpful”. The sheer numbers of those who gave up their Saturday to promote their school “shows the pride they feel in being here.” Parents were particularly impressed by the confidence and friendliness of the older pupils who acted as guides around the extensive site. Our prefects were thought to be “a credit to the school” for the “informative and enthusiastic way they spoke to our visitors and their children.

Headteacher Carol Skewes emphasised the value of developing excellent relationships with parents, and was keen to chat with families about the unique experiences that a Cornelius Vermuyden education provides. Following this inspirational address, Head Boy Nathan and Head Girl Macy spoke articulately about their life at Cornelius Vermuyden and how being part of a personalised learning community helped them grow their self-esteem and develop their confidence.

The school was buzzing with activity, from musical performances on entry, interactive mathematics challenges and exciting scientific demonstrations through to sports showcases on the climbing wall and in the Sports Hall. Every subject offered an interactive and engaging sample of Cornelius Vermuyden secondary school education. As one parents said: “This is definitely the school for us.”

Parents were particularly impressed by the unique, flexible classroom spaces to give prospective students an opportunity to look at the ‘Immersive’ room, the ‘Super lab’ and the ‘Hypothesis’ room as well as showcasing the vast, state of the art ICT facilities. Feedback from the day was overwhelmingly positive, so much so, that the school has already been nominated as the “number one choice” by many parents.

If you missed the Open Days and can’t wait see Cornelius Vermuyden in action, please contact reception to arrange a personalised tour.

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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.

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