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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


Last Day of the Summer Term

We break up for the summer holidays at 3.30pm on Wednesday 20th July 2022

(We return to school on Wednesday 7 September 2022)


As we come to the end of this academic year and contemplate the start of the next, please ensure your child is properly equipped. The equipment for learning (E4L) list has grown a little since its inception, and I should ask parents to check this list carefully before visiting a stationery shop. There are now 12 items, as follows:

  1. Blue/black pen (used for most writing exercises)
  2. Green pen (mainly for amending/self-correcting work)
  3. Red pen (mainly for peer assessment)
  4. Pencil
  5. Sharpener
  6. Eraser
  7. Ruler
  8. Calculator (Casio fx-83GTX)
  9. Glue stick
  10. Round-ended scissors (NOT point-ended)
  11. Highlighter pens
  12. Full PE/Games kit for lessons

Please do not purchase point-ended scissors as these are a safety hazard and will be confiscated.

As pupils approach Year 11, they will also need a transparent pencil case for use in public examinations.

The majority of theses items can be purchased from our Maths Shop in the Maths Department. These items will be checked by staff in the first week back.

Thank you.

Message from Gladrags regarding purchasing school uniform

It is that time of year again to purchase new uniform items. If you would like to make an appointment, please contact us on 07419298908 or 016973 44556.

Thank you

Alison & Deborah (Gladrags)

Examination Information 2022

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A Level – Thursday 18 August 2022, 8.00am – 10.00am (Sixth Form Common Room)

GCSE – Thursday 25 August 2022, 8am -10.30am (Main School Hall)

Year 6 Transition Information

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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