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About the School

“The school is totally committed to the well-being of every student.” (OfSTED 2013)

Cumberland School moved into brand new premises in July 2005 which have the latest facilities and a state of the art learning and teaching environment. In particular, the equipment and spaces for sport, information and communication technology, design technology and art are outstanding. This is constantly updated and improved.

Cumberland School is a mixed multicultural inner city 11-16 comprehensive.  We became a Specialist Sports College in September 2003 and have recently been successfully re-designated with ICT as a second target setting subject. The school has been identified as a Higher Performing Specialist School and has successfully bid for a second specialism - Applied Learning. We are the lead school in the west of the borough of Newham for the School Sports Co-ordinator Programme, which is part of the Government’s Sport Strategy. We have been awarded the gold Active Sports Mark. We have decided not to continue as a Specialist Sports College, but still place a high emphasis on health and participation in Sport/ Physical Education.

At Cumberland School we believe in promoting the highest levels of achievement for all our pupils.  We welcome and celebrate the diversity of our pupils and all are encouraged and supported to fulfil their potential.  Cumberland is a forward looking school, creative and imaginative in its approach in ensuring that a quality education is provided for everyone.

In 2012 55% of our pupils gained 5+ A*-C GCSE grades including maths and English. 74% of our pupils achieved 5+ A*-C GCSE grades overall. In 2013 48% of pupils achieved 5+ A*- C EM.

At KS3 L5 Teacher Assessments all show good progress (L5+): English 76%; maths 78% and science 81%- completed at the end of year 8.
These results are part of an overall upward trend in our public examination successes over the past few years. 

Newham is situated just three miles from the city and Newham takes in much of London’s revitalised Docklands.  It includes City Airport, the ExCel International Exhibition Centre.

The borough was the centre of London’s plans for the 2012 Olympic Games. The Games saw an 80,000-seater stadium built in Stratford - which will also be at the heart of a prestigious new development, Stratford City, comprising 4,500 new homes, nearly half a million square metres of office space, hotels, schools and a shopping centre to rival any in the country.  Major regeneration schemes are also underway in other parts of Newham, including Canning Town and West Ham.

It’s not just the shining new buildings and facilities that make the borough a happening place. Newham has the youngest and most diverse population in the UK. More than 40 per cent of the 254,000 people in Newham are under 25 years old and more than 100 languages are spoken locally - from Albanian to Zhuang - all of which makes for an exciting area, rich in culture, flavour and atmosphere, where local people take great pride in being part of a global village.

The borough’s youthful vigour and creativity has fused with the traditional East End values of warmth, friendliness, community spirit and good humour to make Newham a welcoming place with a unique character.