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Cumberland School

Our School Offer

Our aim is to provide pupils with a range of opportunities so that they can reach their full potential.

Key stages & education

We provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum for pupils studying at Key Stages 2, 3 & 4 with an emphasis on our pupils developing basic skills in Literacy and Numeracy. To support and enhance learning experiences we also provide enrichment activities through educational visits and field trips.

We believe in encouraging pupils’ self-esteem, which is often low when they start with us, by ensuring the curriculum and tasks set are challenging yet achievable, thus enabling them to further succeed and develop.

Find out what makes our school unique

We provide unique learning opportunities for our pupils to help them engage with learning so that they can develop skills and grow in confidence to become proud members of our school community.

To gain an appreciation of the outdoors, pupils access outdoor education where they are given weekly opportunities to explore new activities in and around the local area and the North West. The school is in close proximity to Rivington Pike, a local landmark and part of the West Pennine Moors, which is steeped in history and is the perfect setting for walks. Whilst taking part in outdoor education, pupils can participate in a range of activities, including:

  • Climbing Canoeing
  • Bush craft
  • Cycling Survival skills

Working together to tackle tasks, pupils develop a range of skills that are easily transferable into many aspects of their lives, including the classroom and their home environment.

Participating in new and exciting activities enable pupils to take calculated risks that empower them, resulting in increased confidence and intrigue for their next challenge.

Working as part of a team also helps pupils to develop and sustain relationships with peers and teachers, so that they are able to work effectively and master new skills to complete tasks.

The dedicated campus, although located on a separate site,  is a seamless extension of Cumberland School. The setting is committed to providing Year 10 and 11 pupils with opportunities to further their learning, experience and personal skills.

Pupils move to the Station Road Campus, where they access the highly equipped learning environment, coupled with bespoke educational and vocational opportunities, and experiences to prepare them for adulthood. They are equipped with skills and understanding to become independent, resilient individuals, ready to contribute positively to their communities and fulfil their personal potential.

The provision offers pupils a full suite of GCSEs, as well as additional qualifications, vocational options and life skills programmes through a personalised curriculum. The campus is led by a dedicated and experienced staff team who have the ability to bring real meaning and purpose to all teaching and engage pupils so that they are able to pursue their chosen career path with knowledge and confidence.

The Station Road Campus is equipped with a fully functioning kitchen that supports catering qualifications; motor vehicle and construction areas to support related vocational qualifications; subject specialist classrooms and designated teaching areas. 

New Key Stage 2 provision

Bringing learning to life

Maggie Allred, Key Stage 2 Teacher has 25 years of teaching experience. Combining her skills, she has been instrumental in setting up the new primary provision with invaluable input from the in-school Therapy Team and staff across Witherslack Group schools. 

The provision encourages the development of life skills and nurtures positive relationships, enabling children to feel confident and accepted, the building blocks to thrive. 

Here, Maggie shares details of the curriculum pupils follow, and how transitions from primary to secondary is made easier with a fully supported pathway to ensure that they are familiar with their future learning environments, teaching and support staff, and peers. She also shares moments that make her incredibly proud. 


Whether our children or young people want to be an astronaut or an artist or anything in between, we are completely committed to helping them realise futures that are out of this world.

Developed in complete collaboration with schools, employers and young people, Futures is all about delivering unlimited aspiration and endless opportunity for every child.

Trust us when we say, your child’s future truly matters to us too.

Explore our dedicated Futures wesite here

Our therapeutic support

We provide young people with unrivalled levels of therapeutic support, both in terms of the expertise and experience of our in-school staff and the wide range of therapies offered. 

Our therapeutic approach includes: 

  • As required, young people have the support of our Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists.
  • Our commitment to delivering outstanding therapeutic support to all young people is based on attachment principles. We believe that unless a young person is able to feel emotionally secure they are less likely to fulfil their personal, social and educational potential.
  • Our unique approach to supporting young people allows us to achieve uniquely outstanding outcomes, which in turn enable our young people to go on to realise a future filled with aspiration and achievement.


Our commitment to therapeutic support

We have an extensive Clinical Team, who are able to offer our young people within our school a truly personalised and comprehensive package of therapeutic support.

  • We will ensure that every young person develops resilience and releases their potential by providing the appropriate clinical support for their social, emotional and mental health needs.
  • We will support a young person to develop their competencies and abilities to help them become a capable young adult.
  • We will completely integrate the delivery of therapeutic support.
  • We will operate a direct delivery model of therapy offering universal services targeted to the needs of individual children and young people.

Staffing and pastoral care

Our staff have a wealth of experience and qualifications in teaching and caring for pupils with Special Educational Needs. They have also received training from Witherslack Group’s Clinical Team, which includes clinical psychologists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and therapists.

Teachers and teaching assistants are extremely well equipped in providing appropriate support to meet the needs of our pupils and establish a positive and engaging learning environment. The education staff consists of a stable and experienced team and the professional development of teachers and teaching assistants is supported through regular internal and external training. This ensures extremely effective teaching practices are in place and lesson activities are well-planned to support learning.

The Pastoral Care Team develop excellent links with parents, carers and families, as well as professionals involved with a pupil. They also provide additional support, when required, to help pupils engage in classes.

We are dedicated to the development of the young person, focusing on areas such as independence, self-esteem, resilience, making safe choices and communication.

All this support allows each child, whatever their needs, the opportunity to engage and enjoy their education.

The Pastoral Care Team ensures that all pupils’ well-being is constantly reviewed and developed, and that strong links are made between school and home.

Make an enquiry

Whether you are interested in your child attending our school or just want to know more information about our offer, contact our team.

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