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The Nelson Thomlinson School Virtual Open Evening September 2020

This year our Open Evening will be delivered ‘virtually’. This will be your opportunity to listen to key staff and some of our pupils delivering presentations online via this website from 6pm on Thursday 10th September.  Individual subject department tours will be going live over the next few weeks. Please keep an eye on the website for updates.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Latest Information

COVID transmission reduction measures: important update

From Monday (14th September), the wearing of masks/face coverings in the following densely populated communal indoor areas in school will be mandatory:

  • in all indoor corridors
  • when queuing for food inside the Main Hall
  • in the N-rooms & the sixth-form common room during breaks and lunchtimes only

In the interests of the health of all members of the school and that of the wider community I am exercising my discretion as Head on this matter, as advised by the Government, in order to reduce the risk of virus transmission. Pupils will also be reminded by teachers to put on a face mask/face covering just before they leave a lesson if they are about to enter an indoor corridor.

Face coverings do not have to be worn in lessons or anywhere outside school buildings. They can also be removed in the Main Hall once you have taken a seat.

These rules apply to all staff and pupils alike.

I am sorry that it has come to this but a minor inconvenience is clearly better than creating, albeit inadvertently, conditions conducive to the spread of a dangerous and highly infectious disease.

Messages were sent out some time ago asking you all to acquire a face mask, which are cheap and widely available. There is no excuse for not having one.

All of this is in line with the very latest announcement relating to COVID restrictions on social gatherings in non-educational environments.

This rule does not apply to the library because of the existing restriction on numbers here, the capacity to ensure social distancing and the height of the ceiling.

Equipment for Learning (E4L)
We kindly remind you to ensure your child has the full list of equipment required for the start of term including the items we added as part of our COVID risk reduction measures (i.e. glue stick, hand sanitiser, pack of tissue for personal use, a water bottle and a healthy snack from home to eat at break in their classroom as initially tuck will not be available to all year groups).

Please also ensure cashless catering account balances are topped up if your child would like a school lunch when the new school term starts. If you require your unique log on reference number for the cashless catering system please contact school.

School Re-Opening correspondence

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




Covid Correspondence and Latest News

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