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Covid-19 Guidance & School Correspondence

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Due to the rise in COVID cases countywide, from MONDAY 27 SEPTEMBER, pupils/students at NTS will once again be expected to wear a facemask in indoor communal areas including corridors (not when sat in classrooms). 

The requirement to wear a facemask on school transport continues.

Many thanks for your support.

NTS Open Evening Information

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Dear Year 6 Parents/Carers

You will no doubt be starting to look ahead and think about the secondary school your child will be attending next September.  The law nowadays gives you the right to choose a school for your child.

In 2006 OFSTED wrote: ‘The Nelson Thomlinson School is an “outstanding” school. It does everything in its power to maximise the life chances of its students by providing the highest quality teaching.’ This “outstanding” judgement was sustained in an Interim Assessment in 2010. In May of 2013 our school was inspected again, this time under a new framework, and we achieved the “outstanding” grade again – in all four categories.

We are clearly very proud of our school and are therefore especially pleased to invite parents of primary school children who are in the process of choosing a secondary school to join us for our…


which will be available to view on our website, (please click on the link above) from Thursday 9 September.  There will be a series of video presentations by our Senior Management Team and our subject departments.

Tours during the normal school day will also be available in the coming weeks.  If you would like to attend one of these daytime tours, please contact the school on 016973 42160 from Friday 10 September.


Kind regards

Mr Northwood


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

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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

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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