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Transition Information for Year 6 pupils

Welcome to NTS, we are really looking forward to welcoming our new Year 7 pupils in September.

Information will be posted on here for pupils and parents/carers to hopefully help you get to know the school a little better before starting.

Please check the website regularly to see if anything new has been posted.

(Information regarding contact sports and certain activities are under constant review in line with Covid – 19 guidelines).

Welcome to NTS information and virtual tour for parents/carers and pupils

Meet the NTS Teachers

Information and guidance from the Year 10 peer mentor pupils


Finding your way

Guide to NTS

Making friends


Welcome to NTS

School Re-Opening

Staggered start of term (first week only)

-Year 7s and Year 12s ONLY will come in for one day, Wednesday 2 September. (Year 7s will have missed out on their usual transition day and will need our close attention and support as they get used to a new environment, in addition to the revised COVID Code of Conduct. Year 12s require an induction day of sorts. These two year groups can also be kept apart for much of the day, as can the staff involved in looking after them.)

-Year 8s and Year 9s ONLY will come in for one day (Thursday 3 September).

-Year 10s and 11s ONLY will come in for one day (Friday 4 September).

-‘Normal school’ will then resume for all pupils in all year groups on Monday 7 September.

Update - letter from the Headmaster regarding plans for re-opening in September - 13 July 2020

Letter from the Headmaster regarding plans for re-opening in September - 7 July 2020

Letter from the Headmaster -school reopening for Year 10 & Year 12 - 1 June 2020

Code of Conduct - School Re-Opening

School Risk Assessment - School Re-Opening

Departmental Risk Assessments


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General Technology

Correspondence and Latest News

Year 11 Results Day Letter

Year 13 Results Day Letter

Summer exams, summer reports and curriculum preparation for the 2020-21 academic year letter - 9 June 2020

Letter from the Headmaster for all Year 7 - 9 pupils - 4 June 2020

Letter from the Headmaster for all Year 11 & 13 pupils - 4 June 2020

Letter from the Headmaster - 22 May 2020

Letter from LA regarding the return of Year 10 & 12 students - 21 May 2020

Letter from the Headmaster to all parents - 13 May 2020

Local Authority letter to parents - 12 May 2020

Internet safety leaflet - Cumbria Prevent Team and DfE

Centre-assessed grades for Year 11 and Year 13 students, and Sixth Form information

Letter from the Headmaster - Remote Learning 14 April 2020

Safeguarding poster - Includes guidance and information to help keep children in Cumbria safe.

Key worker letter from Cumbria County Council - Information for Year 7 pupils only who have no older siblings and whose parents are deemed to be key workers (these pupils maybe eligible for the Childcare HUB provision if they cannot be safely cared for at home) - 20 March 2020

School provision for children of key workers letter 19 March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - advice from Cumbria County Council 16 March 2020

NTS Coronavirus (COVID -19) Information letter 13 March 2020

NTS Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs 13 March 2020

Our Values

Still "outstanding"

- Ofsted, May 2013

Nothing that happens at NTS does so by accident. The impeccable behaviour of our pupils (Ofsted’s phrasing, not mine), their politeness and good manners, their achievement (academic and extra-curricular) are all down to sheer hard work — theirs and ours. The standards we have fought hard to maintain have been established over many years by the commitment of a dedicated team of professionals.

The local context (a small industrial town in rural northern Cumbria) is, perhaps, not one you might associate with academic excellence and yet we were the first secondary school in the county to have been judged “outstanding” by Ofsted under their revised framework.

You will probably want to see for yourself what we have to offer and, to this end, I would be delighted to show you around.

Sam Northwood, MA, MEd

Welcome to Our Website

We hope you can find all the information you need.

Please feel free to get in touch with us by clicking the contact button at the top of each page.

Headmaster's Introduction
Ofsted Report

The Nelson Thomlinson School was the first Cumbrian secondary school to be judged “outstanding” under the new Ofsted framework.
Ofsted, May 2013

Tercentenary Celebrations

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
Learn more about NTS-ness