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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.


Covid-19 Home Lateral Flow Testing

Pupils are advised to test at home twice a week (Sunday night/Monday morning and Wednesday night/Thursday morning) as per the Government advice. We will no longer require you to complete the ParentMail form, but please continue to record the results on the NHS test result reporting website. However, if your child does test positive, please inform school ASAP and follow the Government’s isolation guidelines.

You should continue to test your children at home during the school holiday and take a test before returning to school.

If you have run out of home testing kits you can obtain them free of charge from local pharmacies or order them through online.

Many thanks for your continued support.


Cumbria County Council current guidance (12/10/2021) – COVID-19 control measures agreed for schools in Cumbria


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We are supporting the Cash for Kids Mission Christmas Appeal again and we hope to make this year another huge success!

All donations are welcome, particularly items for babies and teenagers. For example, items such as new toys, books, clothes and toiletries would be greatly appreciated. We will also accept second-hand items if they are in excellent condition. Last year someone donated a bike!

However, please do not send prohibited items which include, war/army toys or perishable foods.

Pupils can drop off donations at Mr Beechey’s office (L- Block) as soon as possible, where they will receive a House Point and lots of thanks.

Our team will also be holding a cake sale in school to raise money in order to purchase more items. This year we will also be providing items for refugees in the local area, such as toiletries, flannels, toothpaste and pyjamas.

Kind regards

The Mission Christmas Team (Year 12/13 students)

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