2017 Options Booklet


The Curriculum at Cornelius Vermuyden School

Year 7 & 8

KS3 Pupils in Year 7&8 study the national curriculum and the subjects set out within this. They are split into two equal ability bands within the curriculum at KS3. This enables classes to be appropriately set to meet the needs of each individual student.

In Year 7 students will study the following lessons;
English and Maths – 8 periods per fortnight
EBacc – 20 periods per fortnight (French, History, Geography and Science)
PE – 4 periods per fortnight
Foundation – 7 periods per fortnight (Art, Drama, ICT, Music)

In Year 8 students will study the following lessons;
English and Maths – 8 periods per fortnight
Science – 6 periods per fortnight
EBacc/Foundation –18 periods per fortnight (French, History, Geography, Music, Art, Drama)
PE – 4 periods per fortnight
PSHRE – 2 periods per fortnight
Design & Technology – 4 periods per fortnight

An Accelerated Reading Programme is in place for KS3 students. This is managed by the English department, under the guidance of the Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Literacy.

Year 9, 10 and 11 – KS4

At Cornelius Vermuyden School we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum. With a traditional academic vision, the curriculum has been designed with key GCSEs at its heart. The core subjects remain a feature of the curriculum with 8 hours of curriculum time delivered in English, Maths and Science across the fortnight. There is a strong focus on the English Baccalaureate Subjects, with students being given the opportunity to select from a language and History and/or Geography. Students are given the choice of picking 3 option subjects which they study for 6 periods per fortnight for the next 3 years.

A full list of Current KS4 courses include;


Exam Board


Certificate in Food NCFE  V Cert Level 2 
Child Development OCR Cam Nat  R018/01 
Sports Science OCR Cam Nat R041/01
Certificate in Food NCFE V Cert Level 2
ICT Pearson 5IT01 01
French Pearson  1FRO1 & 1FRO3 
Combined Science Pearson 1SC0 1BF/BH
Physical Education AQA 8582/1
Drama WJEC C690U30-1
English Literature Pearson  1ET01
Geography AQA  8035/1 
Maths Pearson  1MA1 1F/H 
History Pearson  1H1O 12 
Media Studies AQA  48101 
Music Pearson  1MUO 03 
Eng Language Pearson 1EN02
Resistant Materials Pearson 2RM01
Dance AQA  8236/W 
Psychology AQA  1PS0
Art AQA  JA2 
Photography AQA KJ1

Additional information can be obtained by telephoning the school and asking to speak to Mr Hockey (Deputy Headteacher with responsibility for Curriculum) Telephone Number: 01268 685011

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Wearing uniform is obligatory; all pupils must comply with the school's uniform code. Not only does the uniform and smartness of out pupils add to the school's image and prestige in the wider community, but it contributes to a business-like atmosphere conductive to achievement.



We place a strong emphasis on pupils participating in activities beyond their regular timetable. These activities develop pupils' social skills, as well as their particular talents and interests. Involvement in such activities also creates a more rounded individual that future employers and colleges look out for.


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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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