senior leadership team

Mr I hockey

Mr I hockey

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. Mr Hockey subsequently gained the NPQH through the Institute of Education. In addition, Mr Hockey serves as a governor on the USP Corporation Board (Seevic & Palmer’s Colleges Group).

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 C Bentley

Mr C Bentley

Assistant Headteacher

Mr Bentley joined the school in June 2020, following other leadership roles in Essex such as Vice Principal at Belfairs Academy and a Senior Leader at The Boswells School in Chelmsford. He has a BA Honours degree in English from Birmingham City University, gained his PGCE at the University of Warwick, and achieved the NPQSL through the Anglian University.

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.
br 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 O’Shaughnessy

Mr O’Shaughnessy

Assistant Headteacher

Mr O’Shaughnessy returned in 2019 to our school as Assistant Headteacher. He has held various leadership positions within schools in the local area, most recently as Lead Practitioner at The James Hornsby School and prior to that as Head of Science here at Cornelius Vermuyden. Mr O’Shaughnessy has a BSC (Hons) in Biochemistry from Kings College London and trained as a teacher as part of the GTP scheme at The Eastwood Academy.

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 A Wilson

Mr A Wilson

Business Manager

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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.

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