School

Welcome to The Cumberland School

Gillian Dineen, HeadteacherThe Cumberland School is an ambitious school, within a diverse and exciting community. Our motto, 'Determined, Ambitious Learners,' encompasses all of our school community: students, staff and governors. Our commitment to providing the best opportunities to learn and excel goes hand in hand with our commitment to equal opportunities and effective inclusion.

As a school we are determined to improve the life chances of every one of our students. Determination and resilience are essential qualities for our students if they are to achieve their potential. Our curriculum, both in the classroom and outside of it, ensures that students are given opportunities to challenge themselves and develop confidence, independence and resilience. 

Cumberland is ambitious as a school and we want all of our students to be ambitious for themselves and their community. We encourage all students to understand their responsibilities to each other, the school and the wider community. Pride, respect and high aspirations are valued and developed so that Cumberland is a safe place to take risks and grow.

The Cumberland School is above all a learning community. We believe that all students and staff have the right to flourish and we recognise that hard work, challenge and collaboration are vital to ensure exciting and effective teaching and learning in the classroom. We are an outward facing school, collaborating with other schools, colleges and business. We believe there is much we can and must learn from each other.

At TCS we have a genuinely comprehensive intake and we work hard to meet the needs of all our students, from those who come to us with exceptional talents and abilities to those who require additional support. Our Resource Provision provides supportive and challenging opportunities to learn for 20 pupils with autism. The staff at TCS are totally committed to ensuring our young people fulfil their aspirations, through progressing to college, university and working life.

At TCS we have the highest expectations of everyone who is involved with the school - from students and staff to parents and governors. Our goal is to see all students become highly-skilled learners, achieving excellent standards and leading fulfilling and exciting lives. Our commitment to equal opportunities is reflected in all aspects of school life and we welcome young people from all cultures, backgrounds and beliefs. Our spacious buildings, facilities and outdoor space support staff and students in ensuring that we can provide the best possible learning opportunities.

We aim to build a love for learning and promote a thirst for knowledge in our students and staff. We believe that by modelling behaviour, and by recognising and rewarding effort and achievement, we provide an environment where students are proud to present their work and strive for the highest standards. All students can expect to have their efforts and successes recognised and celebrated on both a personal and public level. This ranges from individual praise to certificates, postcards and letters home as well as awards and whole-school celebration events and features in the school newsletter.

The Cumberland School is on an exciting journey due to the incredible potential of our staff team and our students. We hope that you will see some of the dedication, energy and passion that characterises TCS within our website and we look forward to welcoming you in to our community whether that be as a student, parent, staff member or community partner.

Gillian Dineen
Headteacher