Cornelius Receives the SLS UK School Library Award - Gold Award

Cornelius Vermuyden
March 25, 2021

Students and staff are celebrating again at the Cornelius Vermuyden School after receiving the ‘SLS UK School Library Award’ - Gold Award.

In the congratulatory communication to the school, Sally Harrison (The Education Manager for Juniper Education) outlined,  

“Congratulations to you and your team on achieving the Gold Award. This is an impressive submission and you have clearly demonstrated the value you place on the library as a central part of your reading strategy”.

The school is delighted with the feedback, especially as 17 of the 20 criteria were deemed to be graded as ‘enhanced’ status. The school will hold this award for 5 years, however the school will now use the constructive feedback to further enhance the library for the benefit of all students and staff.

The school has seen a radical overhaul of reading provision and strategy since the Section 5 Ofsted inspection in December 2019 deemed to school as ‘requires improvement’. Ofsted, in their report, stated “Pupils do not read widely. The resources in the library do not meet the needs of pupils”. This latest news, therefore, only highlights the pace at which we are making improvements.

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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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