Determined and ambitious learners – learn outside as well as inside the classroom


The Cumberland School’s Extra Curricula Offer

At The Cumberland School we offer high quality opportunities and activities outside the main curriculum.  These activities are an important and exciting feature of school life and contribute enormously to our students’ social and academic development. We believe all our students should experience success in as many aspects of school life as possible and extra-curricular activities are one avenue to success.

There is an extensive menu of extra-curricular activities on offer including arts and sporting provision, with opportunities to take part in workshops, creative activities and fixtures. We also offer students the chance to experience learning differently, to visit educational venues linked to different curricular areas.


Theatre performances, visits to exhibitions and museums plus excursions to local colleges and universities occur regularly and provide further opportunities for students to enrich and extend their learning beyond the classroom. We have a broad range of experiences on offer from creative workshops where pupils learn the skills to build their own furniture to music groups and the school choir. Students readily enjoy these experiences and relish the unique opportunities that they are given to extend and expand their learning.


Our school’s sporting teams are successful and popular. Extra-curricular groups also benefit from working with professional coaches and artists. We also field a large number of teams in a range of sports and students participate regularly in Newham and London schools competitions and tournaments, competing at city wide and regional levels. We are justly proud of our sporting successes. 2015 saw our Year 11 football team win the London Cup!


Information for Parents and Carers

Allowing your child to get involved in extracurricular activities at school is a wise choice, and it can be very important in helping them to develop learning, social and communication skills. Helping your child to strike the right balance between the extra curricula activities on offer and the demands of the core curriculum is an important role that we ask you to take on as parents and carer. Here is a closer look at some of the benefits of extracurricular activities for your child, and how you can know when these activities become too much.


The Benefits of Extracurricular Activities (apart from it simply being fun!)

Learning Time Management and Prioritizing

One great benefit of your child being involved in extracurricular activities is that they will learn about time management and prioritizing things in their life. As adults we get very used to juggling a variety of different tasks and commitments. Our children need to learn how to do this as well, and getting involved in these activities can give them some practice at it


Getting Involved in Diverse Activities

Getting involved in extracurricular activities also allows students to develop diverse interests. It is important for your child to be very diverse in their interests. These activities allow them to explore various hobbies that they may have or wish to know more about.


Learning About Long Term Commitments

Young people learn about long term commitment when they are involved in extracurricular activities, another excellent benefit. When they join one of the activities or clubs, they commit themselves to that activity for a period of time. If they don't hold up to their end of the deal, no doubt they'll hear about it from their peers and perhaps even teachers. Learning to take on commitments is important, and these activities can teach your child this important lesson.


Making a Contribution

Extracurricular activities allow your child to make a contribution in some way. It shows that they are getting away from just thinking about themselves and contributing to their community. This is important in their growth as a person.


Raises Self Esteem

One of the most important aspects of being involved in extracurricular activities is the way is can raise the self-esteem of young people. Many young people feel that there is nothing they are really good at, but extracurricular activities provide them with a way that they can get involved in something and really shine, giving their self-esteem a boost.


Building Solid Relationship Skills

Your child will have the benefit of building solid relationship skills as well when they get involved in extracurricular activities. They need to get involved in social activities and learn how to act appropriately in different social situations and these activities give them a chance outside of lessons to do this, while they are still being supervised by adults.

College and employers know the importance

Yet another benefit of allowing your child to get involved in extracurricular activities is that colleges and employers are looking for it on college applications. Most colleges not only look at grades, but they take a look at extracurricular activities that students are involved in while they are in secondary school. They want to see that students are getting out there and doing more than just book work. The activities that young people choose to be involved in reveals lots about them, and definitely will say something to college admissions committees and employers.


The Cumberland School’s message to all parents, carers and pupils is to get involved. Developing individual skills, or working as a team player – these are the skills that set young people up for a happy and successful life.






Cumberland School

Oban Close, London, E13 8SJ



T. 020 7474 0231

F. 020 7511 2510


School hours

Monday to Friday

8.35am - 3.00pm