Contacting the School

What are the main contact details of the school?

How do I contact a teacher?

  • By email, using the full name of the teacher followed by the school email address:
  • Write a note for your child to give to the teacher
  • Write a note in your child’s planner to show the teacher
  • By phone, leaving a message with the main office

Absence and Punctuality

What do I do if my child is absent from school due to illness or accident?

  • Phone the school absence line 020 7473 7548 before 8am each day giving your child’s full name, tutor group and reason for absence.
  • Absences of 3 or more days must be accompanied by a note from a medical professional.
  • For further information regarding Covid-19 related absences and year group designated arrival times, click here

What is an ‘absence text’?

  • This is sent to you if your child is absent and you have not contacted the school. Please reply promptly to establish your child’s whereabouts.

What do I do if my child has an appointment during school time?

  • Your child must bring their appointment card / letter to the school office, prior to the appointment. If the appointment is after 10.30 your child should attend school first. Parents must collect their child and return them to school. No child should go home alone.  

After school Activities and Detention

How can I check if my child is staying behind for an after school club or detention?

  • Your child should inform you if they will be remaining in school after the end of the normal school day.
  • For a full list of all after school activities, please click here*.
  • Students can be detained for up to an hour after school at the discretion of the teacher without prior notice
  • Ring the school to check on the day and if at all possible we will confirm this

* Please note. Due to current Covid 19 restrictions, all after school clubs are temporarily suspended,


How much does the school lunch cost?

  • The main meal deal costs £2.15
  • Meals options are between £1.30 and £1.60

How does my child get a free lunch?

  • To apply for free school meals please complete the online form:


What is the correct school uniform?

  • You can find our school uniform policy in the Parents section of our website and in your child’s planner

Where can I buy school uniform and PE kit?

How can you help with the cost of the uniform?

  • We want all of our students to wear the correct uniform. Your enquiry will be dealt with sensitively and on a need to know basis
  • If your child is an existing student please contact their Head of Learning
  • If your child is about to join the school please discuss this at your admissions interview


How do you help my child if they are being bullied?

  • At TCS, we are committed to providing a caring, friendly and respectful environment in which all of our students feel safe. We do not accept bullying of any kind in school or around the school. A range of sanctions will be applied to those who bully.
  • If bullying does occur, we expect all students who are victims or witnesses to report it immediately to a member of staff or use reportbullying@cumberlandcst.org. We will stop the bullying at the earliest opportunity and carry out an investigation. Victims of bullying will be supported by their year team and offered counselling, peer mentoring and activities to help them feel safe again. Where appropriate, bullies will apologise to their victim and bullies and their victims will be reconciled. Parents of the victim and bully will be informed of the incident and our response.

Lost Property

Where can my child collect lost property?

  • Lost property is kept in the main office and your child should go there and ask.
  • Please label all items with your child’s name and it will be returned to them.


How do I get my child into your school?

  • The London Borough of Newham is the Admissions Body for The Cumberland School.
  • For children moving from primary to secondary school see the information booklet from the London Borough of Newham in the Parents section of our website here.
  • For children of secondary school age moving during the school year (known as in year, mid phase or mid-term admissions) contact Newham Pupil services on 020 8430 2000 to request an application form.

School Events

How do I find out what is on and when?

School Holidays

When are the school holidays?

Autumn 2020

  • Half term: Monday 26th October to Friday 30th October 2020
  • Christmas break: Monday 14th December 2019 to Friday 1st January 2021

Spring 2021

  • Half term: Monday 15th February to Friday 19th February 2021
  • Spring break: Monday 2nd April to Friday 16th April 2021

Summer 2021

  • Early May Bank Holiday Monday 3rd May 2021
  • Eid-Ul-Fitr: Wednesday 12th May 2021 - School closed for all staff and students
  • Half term: Monday 31st May to Friday 4th June 2021
  • Summer break begins: Wednesday 21st July 2021

Autumn 2021

  • Half term: Monday 25th October 2021 to Friday 29th October 2021
  • Christmas break: Monday 20th December 2021 to Friday 7th January 2022.

Spring 2022

  • Half term: Monday 14th February 2022 to Friday 18th February 2022
  • Spring break: Monday 4th April 2022 to Monday 18th April 2022

Summer 2022

  • Early May Bank Holiday (May Day): Monday 2rd May 2022
  • Eid-Ul-Fitr: Tuesday 3rd May 2022 school closed for all students and staff
  • Half term: Monday 30th May 2022 to Friday 3rd June 2022
  • Eid al-Adha: Monday 11th July 2022 school closed for all students and staff
  • Summer break: Thursday 21st July 2022

What do I do if I want my child to take a holiday during school term time?

  • Requests for holidays in term time will not be authorised by the Headteacher.  Government legislation makes it clear that “Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.”  A family holiday does not qualify as exceptional circumstances.