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.

Mr T Keenan

Mr T Keenan

Assistant Headteacher

Mr Keenan joins the school in January 2016 as Assistant Headteacher, after spending the last two and a half years as Head of English at St Thomas More High School for Boys in Westcliff on Sea. Prior to this, he spent three years as Head of English at The Eastwood Academy in Leigh on Sea, from a total of seven years teaching there. He has also taught English at a secondary school in Melbourne, Australia.

Mr Keenan has a BA honours degree in English Literature and Humanities from the Open University, and in 2013, through the same University, was awarded a Masters Certificate in Education and Leadership.

Mr A Cass

Mr A Cass

Assistant Headteacher

Mr Cass joins the school in April 2016 as Assistant Headteacher, following eleven years at Westcliff High School for Boys. In that time, he held a number of management and senior leadership positions including Head of English, Head of Lower School, and Assistant Head: Director of Lower School Studies.

Before teaching, Mr Cass read English Literature, Film and Drama at the University of Reading, and worked in the City of London for The Bank of New York and Coutts & Co. He also worked for a short time in new media for the post-production company, Liquid TV.

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.

Miss N Ounzain

Miss N Ounzain

Lead Practitioner for Science

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 A Wilson

Mr A Wilson

Business Manager

Mrs J Beven

Mrs J Beven

Lead Practitioner for Mathematics

Mrs Beven joined the school in September 2016, following 14 years at Hathaway Academy where she held a variety of jobs in the secondary sector; for the past 4 years she has been the Head of Mathematics at the Hathaway Academy. Mrs Beven attended University of Greenwich and gained a BA (Hons) in Education and Mathematics, followed by teaching training in secondary Mathematics.

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.

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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.