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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Latest Information

Remote Teaching and Learning Guidance Link

5 January 2021 – Message from the Headmaster

Dear Parents/Carers,

With the Prime Minister having addressed the nation last night, mentioning the lockdown and the implications for schools, you were no doubt expecting yet another update from me!

The main points you need to be aware of now are:

  1. School sites are now closed to all pupils except Year 7 children of key workers and vulnerable children and will be so until February half term at least.
  2. Children of key workers and vulnerable children are being tested at NTS – using lateral flow tests – on arrival, before they start their work.
  3. Remote learning starts today for all year groups and will continue, again, until February half term at least.
  4. Mass testing has been postponed; we are likely to resume this when the majority of pupils are allowed to return to school (around February half term).
  5. GCSE exams for Year 11 pupils and A-level exams for Year 13 students are unlikely to take place in the usual format; we are awaiting clarification from the DfE on how exactly children will be assessed. Exams for vocational qualifications (BTECs and Level 3 Extended Certificates) are, at this point, still expected to happen.

Thank you for your patience and forbearance on these matters. It continues to be a time of great uncertainty for all concerned.

We will of course update you again when we have more information.

Kind regards,

Mr DS Northwood



Letter from the Headmaster regarding the mass-testing strategy and return to school guidance – 31 December 2020

Consent Form for Lateral Flow Testing

Message from the Headmaster – 30 December 2020

Covid Correspondence and Latest News

Curriculum update for Year 9 pupils - 8 January 2021

Curriculum update for Year 11 & 13 students - 8 January 2021

Message from the Headmaster - 10 December 2020

COVID transmission reduction measures -14 September 2020

School Re-Opening correspondence September 2020

NHS Test and Trace letter - September 2020

Covid absence guide from Cumbria County Council - September 2020

PE kits guidance for pupils excused from lesson - September 2020

PE Kit guidance September 2020

Cumbria County Council letter - school transport arrangements from September 2020

Cumbria County Council letter - returning to school safely

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


Consumer Technology

General Technology




Previous Covid Correspondence

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

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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

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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
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