I have been coming to this school for the past three years and so far I have loved every minute of it. The Pastoral staff are on hand to deal with personal problems and all the teachers are firm, but fair.
The school lunches are great; there is a wide variety to select from – hot or cold – and it is all good quality.
With different lessons on each day from Computer Science to Geography there is always something to look forward to throughout the week.
There are things outside of lessons such as the Maths Challenge competition, Chess Club and many other clubs and societies.
At Christmas I was selected to read at our Junior Carol Service at St Mary’s Church. This was a highlight as it is one of the special traditional school events at The Nelson Thomlinson School.
My time at NTS has been great; the two years spent here has given me lifelong friends and experiences I won’t soon forget. I knew the school was “outstanding” but until I experienced it first-hand I didn’t quite know the high expectations that would come along with it. However, the expectations from my teachers and Head of Year only help me strive to achieve and exceed.
Possibly my favourite subject, Maths, has offered me the most opportunities including the group and independent UK Maths Challenges. The group UKMT has given me the opportunity to represent Cumbria in London. Also, I have participated in five Maths master classes on Saturday mornings at the University of Cumbria through NTS. I have also participated in many history trips and I have thoroughly enjoyed the English Department’s reading week where students get to show their creativity in drama or poetry.
I’ve been teaching at The Nelson Thomlinson School now for four years and the experience has been an extremely rewarding one. After moving from my native Lancashire the welcome I received at school, and in Cumbria for that matter, was warm and supportive. I relocated up here for the natural environment and abundance of outdoor activities on offer. I am a keen mountain biker, climber and hill walker and find the Northern Fells, and Lake District as a whole, more than caters for my wants and needs. In 2013 I climbed the Eiger with a group of friends.
Sharing my knowledge and experience of the outdoor environment is of great importance to me and this is why I have taken over as leader of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme at Nelson Thomlinson. Seeing pupils learn new skills and push themselves outside the classroom environment brings great satisfaction and, even though they don’t admit it at the time, I am sure they enjoy it too!
I joined The Nelson Thomlinson School in 2001 as Head of Music having previously taught at an 11-16 comprehensive school in Crewe, Cheshire. In 2006, I moved into the newly formed Professional Development Department and became 2nd in department. This unique opportunity enabled me to gain experience in coaching and mentoring, working with NQTs, delivering INSET sessions and initiating the ‘Pupil Observer Project’ which was later developed into ‘The Complete Learner’. I have always had a strong interest in teaching and learning and as a Sixth Form tutor gained several years experience of the Sixth Form pastoral system.
In 2010, I was appointed Assistant Head of Sixth Form and most recently, took up the position of Head of Sixth Form. It is an exciting time to be leading this area of the school with brand new study facilities opened in September 2014 and changes to the A Level system. Life is never dull in the Sixth Form and this is the main reason why I enjoy the job so much from helping students with their UCAS applications, preparing them for life post-Sixth Form and providing pastoral support.
I also enjoy classroom teaching and currently teach Music from Year 7 to A Level in addition to Year 13 General Studies lessons. I run the school Samba Band which I founded in 2002 and regularly play with them in local carnivals.
I owe both my academic success and my love of teaching to The Nelson Thomlinson School.
I joined the Sixth Form in 2012, where I was instantly captured by the enthusiasm and dedication of the teachers. Before coming to the Sixth Form it was never inevitable that I would go on to study at University. However, the teachers here expected me to work hard and think analytically; I soon began to flourish academically. I thoroughly enjoyed History at Sixth Form and I went on to study my undergraduate degree in History at the University of Liverpool. Immediately following this, I was granted a scholarship to study Medieval and Renaissance Studies at a Master’s level.
I joined the school in September 2016 as a History teacher and it has been my aim to instil my passion of History into my students. I take great pleasure in planning and teaching lessons which encourage the pupils to understand a past which is different to the society that they currently live in.
Although I have just arrived at The Nelson Thomlinson School, I feel that I am already a part of a close-knitted community which teachers and pupils feel a part of.
At The Nelson Thomlinson School I tried to take advantage of the many opportunities and extra-curricular activities that are on offer, in particular sports teams, which helped me to meet new people and allowed me to gain valuable life skills such as good communication and the ability to work well in a team. In the Sixth Form, I enjoyed taking part in the Paired Reading scheme, designed to improve the reading skills of younger pupils, and I also dedicated one study period per week to assist a Year 7 Maths class. My role as a prefect allowed me to gain an increased sense of responsibility. The one thing I appreciate the most about Nelson Thomlinson is the time devoted by the teaching staff. This is shown throughout the lessons as well as additional sessions which are often provided to help pupils achieve their full potential. I now work as a trainee Quantity Surveyor for Story Contracting, and will attend university on day release from September.
After finishing Sixth Form at NTS I started an Advanced Apprenticeship at Dodd & Co Accountants where I am currently studying for my AAT Level 3 and 4 and will go on to study Chartered Accountancy. In the Sixth Form I studied Geography, Business Studies and Maths, where I achieved AAB. My time in the Sixth Form was very enjoyable and gave me great skills which I could transfer into everyday work life such as independence and time management. I would recommend NTS Sixth Form as it is an outstanding learning environment where you are supported by the excellent Sixth Form team and treated like an adult; setting you up for whatever goals you want to achieve. You also get many opportunities to participate in a wide array of extra-curricular activities which make you stand out from the crowd when applying for apprenticeships or university.