“Big jump” in GCSE grade results at Cumberland School

PUBLISHED: 16:22 25 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:25 26 August 2016

Aniqa Begum and Daniel Hussain, head girl and head boy at Cumberland School, celebrate their results

Aniqa Begum and Daniel Hussain, head girl and head boy at Cumberland School, celebrate their results


Students and teachers at Cumberland School are celebrating after seeing “a big jump” in GCSE results over the last year.

Cumberland School headteacher Gillian DineenCumberland School headteacher Gillian Dineen

Overall, 56 per cent of pupils received five or more A* to C grades, including English and Maths. This is an increase of 14pc from 2015.

Headteacher Gillian Dineen said pupils and teachers had pulled together as a team at the mixed comprehensive school in order to achieve the rise.

“I am delighted that the hard work of teachers and pupils has paid off,” she said.

“Hopefully the vast majority of students will be able to go onto colleges. We work very closely with NewVIc and Newham College is here today.”

Emily Cornuaud, 16, inside the school hall this morningEmily Cornuaud, 16, inside the school hall this morning

High achiever Emily Cornuaud, 16, was “shocked” to get seven As and two Bs, including a 98pc pass rate in her History exam.

“I did my absolute hardest. I think my results reflect that,” she said.

Head girl, Aniqa Begum, received nine A*s and one A, which came after she achieved two A*s for exams she took early last year.

“I have just really focused on studying,” the 16-year-old said.

Her school counterpart, head boy Daniel Hussain, was also thrilled after achieving one B and nine Cs.

“I was only expecting to get about three GCSE’s. I had so much going on around me,” he said.

“I did not think I would come out with 10 GCSE’s. Originally I was going to take a BTEC but now I’m looking to do A-levels.!

The 16-year-old described the support from the school as “amazing”.

He said: “I have never known a school to be so dedicated. We have been able to come in for free breakfasts and for extra Maths.”

Kabir Jagwani, associate assistant headteacher, added: “I am absolutely chuffed. It is a huge difference from coming in last year to coming in to day and seeing everyone’s faces.”

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