Cumberland School

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Cumberland School
Type Community school
Headteacher Gillian Dineen
Chair of Governors Sharon Higgins
Location Oban Close
E13 8SJ
51°31′15″N 0°01′58″E / 51.52079°N 0.03289°E / 51.52079; 0.03289Coordinates: 51°31′15″N 0°01′58″E / 51.52079°N 0.03289°E / 51.52079; 0.03289
Local authority Newham
DfE URN 102783 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1163
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–16
Website Cumberland School

Cumberland School is a comprehensive mixed state secondary school in the London Borough of Newham with 1500 pupils. Every year-group consist of 300 pupils as there is 10 classes of 30 pupils in every year-group. It is situated on Oban Close off Prince Regent Lane close to its junction with Newham Way and has substantial land, sharing facilities with neighbouring Newham Leisure Centre. It is built on the site of the former Woodside Community School.


The school was first formed in 1972 from the merger of Plaistow County Grammar School and Faraday Secondary Modern School,[1] the school that was then occupying the building that had originally housed Denmark Street Board School.

The school's premises have changed a number of times over recent years, originally a split site school with the lower school on Denmark Street E13, bordered by Cumberland Road E13 to the west and Holborn Road E13 to the north, (now demolished though some of the border walls still exist), and the upper school (that had been Plaistow County Grammar) on Prince Regent Lane E13, on the site of the current Newham Sixth Form College, known as NewVic. It moved to what had been the site of Trinity Boys School on Barking Road, Canning Town E16 which is also now demolished and rebuilt as Rokeby from nearby Stratford.

Cumberland School was designated as a Sports College in 2003. As host of the Cumberland School Sport Partnership (SSP), students are given the opportunity to develop their sporting talents in addition to enhancing their academic achievement. The School was awarded with the FA Charter Standard in 2005, and the school was offered as a training venue for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Cumberland School was rebuilt in 2003 as part of the UK Government's Building Schools for the Future programme. The new building, with a sports hall, netball courts, two football fields and a triple jump area, was opened by Dame Kelly Holmes in 2006.

In 2007, the school achieved its highest ever results for GCSE Physical Education, with over 200 students achieving a pass. The specialist Sports College results for PE and Sport peaked in 2007 prior to the introduction of the BTEC First Diploma in Sport. In that year there was a growth in numbers of students that completed the British Sport Trust Level 1 Award in Sports Leadership.


  • 1994-2009 Jane Noble
  • 2009–2013 John Bradshaw
  • 2013-2014 Janet Moore
  • 2014- Gillian Dineen


  1. ^ "Leading education and social research". Institute of Education, University of London. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 

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