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About us

At Cumbric we provide a safe, supportive, inclusive and highly specialised educational environment – we put all our efforts into finding ways to unlock each individual’s unique potential and always focus on the best possible outcome.

Cumbric offers an alternative education for pupils who have been permanently excluded or those at risk of permanent exclusion from school. We provide a full and engaging education curriculum that has been created to meet the individual needs of the pupil. Our aims and objectives are to work towards a relevant outcome that will provide apprenticeship/work opportunities.

Who is Cumbric

  • Eric Baker

    Eric held the position of Head Teacher over a 30-year period. He began his teaching career in mainstream education in 1977. He has extensive teaching experience across the entire spectrum of age groups, from Nursery through to secondary.

    He also gained experience in the role of advisory teacher within a Local Authority. From 1983, Eric worked in the Special Needs sector providing education for children aged 2-19 years. He held Senior Leadership posts from 1988 onwards, including residential as well as day provision. He holds a Masters in Education and a degree in Special Educational Needs.

  • John Gibson

    John has worked in the education sector since 1999. He has held positions which include working with primary and secondary pupils with Special Educational Needs, and working in a Senior Management role. He has a depth of experience working with pupils with social, emotional, and behavioural difficulties.

    In 2010 John sat on the pupil referral panel to assist the Special Educational Needs transfer process for schools in a Local Authority.


Our prospectus will guide you on what is important at Cumbric education. Please view or download for all information and contact details.


If your child requires specific assistance with learning or with mobility including pupils with Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) please contact the school. Our curriculum documentation will also show how we adapt the curriculum for pupils with English as a second language to ensure complete inclusivity.

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Get in touch

To find out more about our services or to speak to a member of the team, please don’t hesitate to contact us on the details below.

Springwell community centre, Lanchester Avenue, Gateshead, NE9 7AL

T: 0191 4870 169 E: View on google maps