The Famous Five

Carol Skewes - Headteacher
June 12, 2017

As every student, parent and teacher at Cornelius will confirm – Excellent attendance is something to which the school is wholeheartedly committed and encourages all our pupils to aspire to 100%. Therefore the school is particularly proud of not just one, but five, current year 11 students who have not had one single day of absence since joining the school.

All the students (in no particular order!!)– Cerys Wilks, Georgia Thorogood, Liam Rodrigues, Amiee Knight, Hannah Daly admitted to having occasionally when feeling under the weather, thought about taking a day off, but then reconsidered after realising that they would be better in school.

It is this positive, resilient attitude that the school wants to encourage and promote. They are role models for every one of us: a remarkable group of young people who have all, in different ways, made a wonderful contribution to the school and who will undoubtedly go on to emulate this in their future lives. Well done all of them. This really is an achievement to celebrate.

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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.