Our Schools

The Community Schools Trust comprises three schools: The Cumberland Community School, Forest Gate Community School, both in Newham, and Hackney New School in Hackney. Our trust works in partnership with like-minded organisations and is keen to learn from others 

Follow the links below to find out more about each school.


Forest Gate Community School

Forest Gate Community SchoolThahmina Begum, Head of School, Forest Gate Community School

Headteacher: Thahmina Begum

A talented and inspirational headteacher who at 32 is thought to be among the youngest headteachers in the country to lead an outstanding school. A former English teacher, she leads by example.



The Cumberland School

The Cumberland SchoolOmar Deria, Head of School, The Cumberland School

Headteacher: Omar Deria

A calm, confident and firm leader, Omar has transformed behaviour and aspirations since taking over as headteacher at The Cumberland School. His stated aim is to rival Forest Gate Community for GCSE results.  He has already overseen a dramatic improvement in exam outcomes, student behaviour and staff culture. 



Hackney New School

Hackney New SchoolCharlotte Whelan, Headteacher, Hackney New School

Headteacher: Charlotte Whelan

A highly experienced leader now on her second headship, Charlotte has led Hackney New School for over a year. In that time, she has presided over a positive inspection by Ofsted and improved the school’s GCSE results whilst creating a school where pupils demonstrate respect for each other through their outstanding behaviour.