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  • 04Apr

    Happy Holidays

    Happy Holidays everyone! A busy and exciting term is coming to an close, ending with the Year 7 residential and visits by Year 11 to the Science Museum on Sunday.

    At the end of term it is always sad to see colleagues leave and I do wish Ms Steyl, Ms Trojanowska, Mr Williams, Ms Valentine and Mr Maunsell good luck in their new jobs and thank them for all their hard work and commitment to the pupils at Cumberland.

    I would like to wish you all a happy Easter break.

    Posted by Ms J Moore @ 09:37

  • 07Mar

    Famous literary characters make an appearance at Cumberland School!!!

    On Thursday, our pupils had a great surprise to find that Richard the First was teaching History, TinTin was teaching French, the War Horse was teaching English and the Deputy Heads had suddenly morphed into Oliver and Poppy Pomfrey! No, they weren’t seeing things…it was World Book Day and many of the teachers dressed up as a variety of characters from our favourite books.

    If you missed out and want to see how they looked, follow the links on the website, or you can wait for the next edition of the Cumberland Chronicle. There is also a fantastic display that was put together by Ms Ali on the ground floor celebrating the event.

    I want to send a huge thank you to all of the teachers who dressed up for the day, and we look forward to even more staff taking part next year!

    Posted at 16:21

  • 05Mar

    Talented Cumberland pupils inspire our Year 11s!

    Talented Cumberland pupils inspire our Year 11s!

    Last Wednesday, the Former Future evening took place at Cumberland School. This was an inspiring event where former pupils came back to share their experience at college, university and the world of work with some of our Year 11s. It was wonderful to hear of their successes within a broad range of industries including music and game design. The former pupils also discussed their experiences such as writing their first book, completing an apprenticeship, and achieving success at college and university. The Year 11s left feeling motivated and a clear idea of what to do next.


    Many thanks to our former pupils who took part: Nicholas, Kevin, Jemma, Naomi, Bijal, Naz, Emily, Ben, Ryan, Joko, Tahiyat, Cris and Kamron. Also, special thanks to Mrs Kimouche for orgaising the event.

    Posted at 10:30

  • 14Feb

    End of Term

    We have now come to the end of a very busy half-term, with many highlights including the Year 11 residential which took place at Fairplay House last weekend. The pupils who took part benefitted from some excellent sessions, and I would like to thank all of the staff who went along to support the pupils throughout the weekend. We hope this will have a positive impact on the Year 11s in their forthcoming exams.

    Thanks also go to the school council for their work during the recent headteacher interviews.

    I would like to wish everyone a happy holiday. We look forward to seeing the Year 11s during the holidays as they will be completing a busy programme of Study Support. And we look forward to welcoming the rest of the school back after half-term.


    Posted at 15:09

  • 07Feb

    Bumper Week for Year 9!

    This week, lots of our Year 9 pupils have been involved in some fantastic events. Firstly, 90 Year 9 Drama students were taken to see the hit play ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ at Stratford Old Town Hall. This show was originally on in the West End, but is now touring after the theatre collapsed! The pupils were outstanding and they loved the performance. And they even achieved fame as they were interviewed by the press and their comments appeared in the Independent newspaper. Here is the link to the article:


    Well done to the drama department and the students involved.

    Also, on Friday, the Year 9 Business Studies pupils received a talk from the BBC’s Chief Economics Correspondent Hugh Pym as part of the Speakers for Schools programme. Hugh talked about the economy, setting up a business and life working as a journalist for the BBC. I’m sure everyone who attended learned lots from the presentation. Again, well done to all of the students involved as they listened attentively and asked some excellent questions.

    Posted at 16:28