senior leadership team

Mrs C Skewes

Mrs C Skewes

Headteacher

Mrs Skewes joined the school in September 2002 after teaching in a variety of posts in London and Essex. She has been an Assistant Headteacher; Head of Sixth Form and Staff Development at Billericay School. Before joining Cornelius she was Deputy Headteacher and later Acting Headteacher at Mayflower High School in Billericay. Mrs Skewes initially trained at the University of Sussex for a BEd (hons) Sociology/English and has since gained an MA degree, Diploma in Pastoral Care and Counselling at the London Institute of Education and the NPQH with Cambridge. In addition Mrs Skewes has been an assessor and verifier for vocational qualifications with the City and Guilds. Mrs Skewes is also a Governor at Seevic College and an elected member of the local authority schools forum.

Mr I hockey

Mr I hockey

Deputy Headteacher

Mr Hockey joined the school in April 2015, following thirteen years in various leadership and management positions at Stationers' Crown Woods Academy in Eltham, London. Notably, being Deputy Headteacher of Delamere School.

He has a BA Honours degree in Physical Education with QTS from the University of Greenwich and an MSc in Educational Leadership from the University of Leicester.

MrS D HALPIN

MrS D HALPIN

Deputy Headteacher

Mrs Halpin joined the school in April 2015. She has held a variety of leadership roles in Essex schools, most recently as Headteacher of King Harold Academy.

Mrs Halpin initially trained at Canterbury Christ Church University for a BA (Hons) in Music, followed by a PGCE in English. She has since gained an MEd with the University of Cambridge and NPQH, also with Cambridge.

Mr j Hibben

Mr j Hibben

Assistant Headteacher

Mr Hibben joined the school in 1998. He has a BA Honours degree in Visual Arts and a PGCE in secondary education; specialising in Art and Design.

Before teaching at Cornelius Vermuyden, Mr Hibben worked for SEECAT, teaching Graphics, Art and Design, Illustration and Sculpture to pupils studying on BTEC, Foundation and Degree courses in Art. Prior to this he worked for Dartington College of Arts teaching illustration and drawing to undergraduates.

Miss N Ounzain

Miss N Ounzain

Assistant Headteacher

Miss Ounzain joined the school in September 2015. She has held many positions with Science, most recently as deputy head of science within a Southend School.

Miss Ounzain has a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Liverpool and completed her PGCE in Secondary Science at Goldsmiths University of London.

Mr. E Roberts

Mr. E Roberts

Assistant Headteacher

Mr Roberts joins the school in September 2018 as Assistant Headteacher, after spending the last four years at The Bourne Academy in Bournemouth where he has held a variety of middle leadership positions, including Pupil Premium Coordinator, KS4 English Coordinator and Subject Lead for English. Mr Roberts attended the University of Warwick and gained a BA (Hons) in Philosophy before completing the two year Teach First Leadership Development Programme, as part of which he completed his PGCE in Secondary English at the University of Exeter.

MISS C CARTER

MISS C CARTER

Lead Practitioner for English

Miss Carter joined the school in September 2015 and has held a variety of jobs in the secondary sector; most recently as Lead practitioner in English at Chase High School.

Miss Carter attended University of East London and gained a BA (Hons) in Sociology, she then trained as a TEFL teacher and went to work in Taiwan as a teacher of English. After gaining QTS she became Subject Leader for English and was member of the senior leadership team at Chase High school.

Mr H Emoni

Mr H Emoni

Lead Practitioner for Mathematics

Mr Emoni joined the school in September 2016. He previously worked at The Deanes School as a Maths teacher and then Curriculum Leader before taking up the position of Deputy Head of Maths at Basildon Upper Academy. Before teaching, Mr Emoni worked as a Systems Analyst. He has a BEng (Hons) in Agricultural Engineering, Certificate in Mathematics and completed his PGCE in Secondary Maths at the University of Brighton.

Mr A Wilson

Mr A Wilson

Business Manager

MR L SURTEES

MR L SURTEES

Lead Practicioner

Mr Surtees joined the school in the summer of 2018 following a brief spell as part of the extended leadership team at a local school in Essex. Previously he had been an Advanced Skills Teacher across Essex and holds the qualification of Specialist Leader of Education with Billericay Teaching School Alliance.

Mr Surtees gained a PGCE at Loughborough University following a degree in PE, Sports Science and Physics from the same institute.

Mr M Crawford

Mr M Crawford

Lead Practicioner

Mr Crawford joined the school in April 2018, he has been teaching for more than twenty years, most recently at William Edwards School in Grays, where over the previous thirteen years he lead the Maths department and then was in charge of achievement and progress as well as various other leadership roles. He has a B.Eng degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Leeds and a PGCE with QTS from the Mathematics school at the University of Chichester.

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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.