The MFL Department is committed to broadening pupils' understanding of the world and developing strong, long-life linguistic skills. Along with learning new topics, reinforcing knowledge every lesson is an essential aspect of learning a language: we give pupils plenty of opportunity to practice and therefore remember key vocabulary. This is the first step towards becoming independent as a language learner and therefore creative with the target language. Through strict adherence to the principles of outstanding teaching and learning set out in the Teaching and Learning policy, we ensure our staff have the tools to deliver high quality MFL lessons which are engaging and allow ALL pupils of a modern language to make progress.

The department endeavours to make learning languages fun and meaningful, providing pupils with many opportunities for collaboration and independent work. We are committed to marking pupils' books fortnightly and providing effective feedback through the use of annotation and comments. Pupils will be allocated time within lessons or for homework to respond to the comments in order to improve their work. With skilled linguists in the department, we are committed to encourage pupils to use the target language with each other in pair or group work and to ensure that pupils are hearing authentic language each time they are in the MFL classroom. Within the MFL classroom we consistently emphasise that it is okay to make mistakes. We believe where pupils learn is in deciding how they move on from these errors. This open environment allows pupils to grow in confidence and not worry about speaking out in front of their peers, and to enjoy broadening their cultural references and incultural understanding.

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Prospective Parents

Choosing the right school for your child is an important decision and this section of our website will provide you with more information about the school in order to make an informed choice with respect to your child's future education. Please find attached the latest version of our "Enrolling Now" booklet.

This booklet provides you with some key information regarding the schools educational philosophy, core values and ethos. Furthermore, it provides details of the latest Ofsted report (May 2015), faculty/subject information and details of some of the latest examination results.

If you are considering applying for a place for your child at our school please visit the 'Admissions Information' section of our website.


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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