The Nelson Thomlinson School

Still “outstanding” – Ofsted

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The Nelson Thomlinson School was the first Cumbrian secondary school to be judged “outstanding” under the new Ofsted framework.

Ofsted, May 2013


We recently celebrated our 300th anniversary…

It is crucial that, as we continue to develop as a school, we retain the atmosphere and environment that is ‘NTS’.
We call it NTS-ness.
We expect to ‘NTS’ all new members of our community. Staff and students need to understand why we are special, how we achieved this and recognise that it is not a ‘given’. To this end, we want everyone to have pride in ‘NTS-ness’.

We expect staff to:

  • Have a common understanding of what the standards and expectations of NTS are
  • Be ‘on-board’ in terms of acting on these standards and expectations. (Uniform, behaviour, equipment, manners.)

We expect students to:

  • Look the part
  • Act the part

Since 1997 our results have placed us in the top fifty comprehensive school Sixth Forms in the country and 5 times we have been in the top 10.

“Teaching is outstanding, but the school is not resting on its laurels and seeks to improve areas further.”
Ofsted 2006

“The sixth form is first class. The vast majority of students make excellent progress and are well prepared for the next stage of their education, training or employment.”
Ofsted 2013

“The achievement made by the vast majority of sixth-form students is excellent.”
Ofsted 2013

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