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Guidance on face coverings for parents/carers and pupils 

With the delta variant of coronavirus on the rise and increasing concern about the spread amongst the younger generation and the potential impact on members of the wider community, it is with some regret that I feel obliged to take the following action:

  1. Face coverings will be encouraged from Thursday 17th June in all indoor communal areas (school transport, corridors, common rooms, staff rooms etc.).
  2. Face coverings will then be mandatory from Monday 21st June in all indoor communal areas (school transport, corridors, common rooms, staff rooms etc.).

This two-stage directive enables those who may have mislaid their face covering to acquire one before Monday.

Please note that, once seated in a classroom, pupils may remove their face covering, although we will continue to review our position in line with governmental guidelines. Teachers may continue to teach without a face covering should they feel comfortable doing so.

All other protective measures such as ventilation and social distancing where possible will remain in place and regular rapid home testing will continue to be recommended.

Kind regards

Mr Northwood

Message from Gladrags regarding purchasing school uniform – for all parents/carers

We are setting up an appointments system to enable us to supply uniform safely and within the social distancing guidelines.

Please phone 07419 298908 to arrange an appointment.

  • Opening hours will be 10am – 4.30pm (Mon to Fri) and 10am – 2pm (Sat)
  • Evening appointments may be available

Thank you

Alison & Deborah (Gladrags)

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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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