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The Cornelius Vermuyden School and Arts
College, Dinant Avenue, SS8 9QS, UK Canvey Island
+44 (0)1268 685011

Headteacher`s Welcome


Cornelius Vermuyden School and Arts College is a good and improving school and its students progress well. It has the potential to become outstanding.

Ofsted, 2006

Mrs C Skewes - HeadteacherWelcome to The Cornelius Vermuyden School and Arts College Website and thank you for your interest in our school. I hope that this website provides a useful insight into the way we work.

I am delighted to have the opportunity of introducing you to The Cornelius Vermuyden School. I hope that if you have not already visited the school then you will take the opportunity to do so. In this website we have tried to give you an idea of what we value in our school and what we are proud of.

At The Cornelius Vermuyden School we aim to be a caring and orderly community, where individuals are able to learn, contribute and develop. In order to achieve these aims we seek to provide a disciplined and purposeful environment, where the traditional values of mutual care, consideration and acceptance flourish.

Mrs Skewes taking part in Big Draw 2005

As a learning community we seek to provide an education that is exciting, challenging and prepares each child for life and learning beyond school; a broad based education in which achievement is celebrated and children succeed. We provide an education that stretches pupils of all abilities and values each child as an individual in their own right. We believe that The Cornelius Vermuyden School is a school to which parents may entrust their children safe in the knowledge that they are being cared for by an able and conscientious staff - a staff committed to achieving the very best for those given to their care.

Mrs Skewes begins the building of the Karslake Centre

As a school we pride ourselves on our close links with our community and constantly seek to improve and develop what we offer to our students and the community. We are a specialist college for Arts and successfully offer a wide range of subjects and course choices for our students. Over the past year we have completed the building of a new Arts Centre which provides excellent facilities for our students and our community.


The headteacher provides very good leadership and a strong direction. She sets high expectations.

Ofsted, 2006

Mrs Skewes opens the new Karslake Centre

We are very proud of the achievements of our students and staff. We are pleased that the school has been recognised as an Investor in People, as this is a public acknowledgement of our commitment to the care and development of all the people at our school, staff and students alike. We were particularly proud to receive the prestigious Artsmark, awarded for excellence, in recognition of the high standards in the arts we offer to our students and members of the local community.

Yours sincerely

C P Skewes


The School's Vision


The school's vision is well adjusted to the needs of students and their community.

Ofsted, 2006

The Cornelius Vermuyden School and Arts College 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.

As an Arts College we will raise standards in the Visual Arts for all our students across the ability range, leading to whole school improvement in performance. We will:

  • Our excellent ICT facilitiesbe 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;

  • promote an arts educational culture, which is creative, expressive, technological and vocational;

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

  • raise the post-16 participation rate in the Visual Arts and provide young people with the skills needed to progress into further training, higher education and employment according to their individual abilities, aptitudes and ambitions;

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

  • work closely with our local community: in the arts and among those we can reach through the arts, enriching, stimulating and enabling.

Pupils during Arts Week - June 2004

We believe that placing the Visual Arts at the centre of our school life will be transformational: for the arts in school, for our whole curriculum, for our relationship with local community, for the local arts community, for many individuals and groups who will be reached through arts activities.

We are convinced that being a successful Arts College will enhance all other areas of school life. We continue to commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of the curriculum.


The whole school is sharply focused on raising achievement. The good teamwork of the Senior Leadership Team, especially on improving teaching and learning, is leading to the spreading of good practice.

Ofsted, 2006

Safeguarding Notice

School Aims and Objectives
  1. 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 staff.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

    • To ensure the provision of a curriculum that meets the National Curriculum and the needs of the pupils;

    • 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.

  5. 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.

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Students follow an appropriate curriculum in both key stages, though it is particularly imaginative in Key Stage 4. In Years 10 and 11, students have a good a well-developed range of GCSE and vocational courses.

Ofsted, 2006

Mr J Hibben - Head of Visual ArtsAs an Arts College we are actively involved in the development of our curriculum. This page details case studies of our work in this area, written by Mr J Hibben, Head of Visual Arts and Mrs K Hibben, our Arts Advanced Skills Teacher.

Each case study is outlined in brief on its own page with the option of downloading a more detailed account in the form of an Acrobat file.

Curriculum Projects:

Photographs are available for most projects on each page. Click on the thumbnail for a larger version.

Case Study 1:
Developing and Running an Applied Art and Design Course

In early February 2003 my school, a small foundation school with nine hundred pupils, received Visual Arts status. One of the most significant changes to the Art curriculum was the introduction of an Applied Art and Design Course.

The following case study explains how this school set about establishing its Applied Art and Design Course. It will look at pupil recruitment, the course outline, curriculum time, timetable implications, schemes of work and interim assessment.

Pupils' Work from the Applied Art and Design Course

The first stumbling block was pupil recruitment. Being a school that had previously only offered GCSE Art and Design, 3-Design and Photography we had to find pupils who were interested in the course, capable of fulfilling the course’s requirements and benefited from the course, both academically and eventually professionally.

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