Cornelius Vermuyden School seeks to provide a quality education within a supportive, caring and disciplined environment to pupils of all abilities and to work with and for the local community.

The education we offer recognises every person as an individual in his or her own right and aims to develop each child's intellectual, cultural, emotional, spiritual, social and physical capacities to the full.

This education celebrates the achievements of each individual and strives for excellence in the development and performance of every child in order that each is able to contribute positively to society at large.


be active partners in a learning society with our local family of schools and our local community, sharing resources and expertise, developing and promoting good practice;

make extensive use of ICT, exploiting new technologies in developing new approaches to teaching and learning across the curriculum;

develop and disseminate good practice to share with other schools, across Canvey Island, country-wide and beyond;


To create a safe and stimulating learning environment in which all pupils will be able to develop their abilities and personal qualities to the full:

  • To ensure a purposeful, disciplined learning environment;
  • To ensure a high quality of teaching and learning;
  • To maintain a safe and well decorated physical environment;
  • To ensure the provision of academic and pastoral support for every pupil;
  • To develop, in each pupil, a sense of pride in, and responsibility for, the school as a community;
  • To ensure opportunities for the professional development of our staff.

To equip every pupil to be able to play a role as a responsible citizen:

  • To offer opportunities within and beyond the formal curriculum for pupils to develop their particular talents and abilities;
  • To provide opportunities for pupils to exercise responsibility and take a meaningful role in discussion and decision-making;
  • To promote self-discipline, tolerance and respect in pupils for all members of the community.

To encourage every pupil to strive for excellence:

  • To expect the highest standards of behaviour and achievement from every pupil;
  • To celebrate achievement;
  • To expect the best from every pupil at all times.

To provide an education that promotes education as a lifelong process:

  • To ensure the provision of a responsive curriculum that meets the needs of the pupils allowing them to progress with confidence to further study and employment;
  • To ensure the provision of properly differentiated teaching;
  • To develop study practices and an approach to education that avows learning as an end in itself as well as a means to an end;
  • To develop practices and opportunities that offer educational opportunities to the local community.

To develop links with the community and local businesses for the provision of opportunities for the pupils of the school and members of the local community:

  • To provide opportunities for members of the local community to contribute to and share in the life of the school;
  • To encourage pupils to contribute to the life of the local community;
  • To provide opportunities for pupils to help others.



Cornelius Vermuyden is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and as such expects all staff to share this commitment.

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Our prospectus gives you a fully-rounded view of life at Cornelius Vermuyden School, and comes complete with our latest exam results.


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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