On Tuesday 24th May 2011, all year 11 leavers were presented with a record of their achievement whilst at Cumberland School in the form of a progress file and there were a number of special awards presented to those who made exceptional progress.


Below is an excerpt from the associated article published in the Newham Recorder.



How did you feel when you were informed that not only did you pass your City & Guilds in Motor Mechanics, but was possibly one of the first in the country to do so?


"I cried! I was so proud of myself!  In year 9 I hated school and just wanted to leave.  Nothing at all was of interest to me.  Then in my options interview when I was asked what I wanted to be I said motor mechanic.  The school sent me on a taster day to Pitstop and I was transformed.  Suddenly learning was fun.  I was outside the classroom being treated like an adult and getting my hands dirty.  It was the best thing that ever happened to me, and because I was happy I found school so much easier and have now completed successfully and am taking my GCSE's"


What do you plan to do in the future?


"I am now hoping to go into Health and Social care.  The Motor Mechanics course has shown me what I can achieve and given me the confidence to pursue it".







Nicola Pirt - Cumberland School