The English Department is a thriving and successful department, comprising of a Subject Leader, a Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator (and Deputy Subject Leader) and nine additional members of teaching staff.
Over the past five years, results have risen from 50% of students achieving A* to C in English to the current figure of 70%, of which we are very proud. This improvement has been achieved as a result of a collaborative approach to planning and a shared vision of the department in terms of teaching and learning. The department works as a team, with the strength being the sharing of resources and support wherever possible.
In the English Department, we aim to take the pupils on a voyage of discovery, not just through the great literary works from Chaucer to the present day but also to explore each pupil's own ideas and responses to texts of all kinds including fiction, non- fiction and multi-media. Our aim is to inspire pupils to be creative thinkers and to give fluent written and verbal responses to the ideas presented to them.
The department is staffed with well-qualified and talented teachers, at differing stages of their career, but all with the same passion and determination to make sure that the pupils enjoy their lessons and consequently make excellent progress.
Our expectations are that pupils will come to lessons fully prepared, not only with the correct stationery and their planner, but also with the expectation that they will take a full and active part in each and every lesson, offering answers and ideas and completing detailed and accurate written responses.
There is a big emphasis on high levels of literacy and presentation, both in the department and across the school. We expect pupils to produce their best work and also to respond fully to the regular marking, provided by their teacher, in the form of the personalized learning tasks, which will help move them on to the next level.
The English department differentiates work effectively and provides the appropriate level of support for pupils of all abilities. There are three distinctive pathways: Nurture, Traditional and Express, which ensure that every pupil is given appropriate teaching, support and the level of intervention required to maximize their potential.
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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.