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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


Strike Action

Wednesday 1st February – School is OPEN to Years 7, 11, 12 and 13 only

Year 7 and 11 pupils

  • must bring their timetable (in their planner) or at least a list of subjects they have on Wednesday (this must NOT be on their phones); they will need to be able to refer to it.
  • all the usual books/equipment for a Wednesday and their PE kit (as we may be able to put on extra PE).
  • plenty of revision/consolidation material (just in case one or more of their lessons is not taking place).

Year 11s must register in Main Hall

Year 7s must register in the PIB/Sports Hall

Year 12 and 13 students

Year 12 to register in J-Block Hall

Year 13 to register in Common Room

  • Students are to bring all their books for their usual lessons and also plenty of revision/consolidation material (just in case one or more of their lessons is not taking place).

School buses will run as usual for these pupils/students.

There will be no tuck. However, lunch will be available as normal.


Year 8, 9 and 10 pupils – DO NOT ATTEND SCHOOL

It is imperative that you do NOT send in your child if they are in Years 8, 9 or 10 as we will not be able to supervise them, (unless school has been in touch with you regarding vulnerable and critical worker children).

  • work will be set via Edulink.
  • no Year 8, 9 or 10 pupils must board the school bus or walk onto the school site at any time.
  • school will open for you again as normal on Thursday.
Sixth-Form applications are now open, please follow this link to apply.

Information for all parents/carers – NEW attendance/absence email address

If you child is absent from school for any reason, please could you either call the school as early as possible on 016973 42160 and choose the option for the attendance line or email the NEW email address, rather than using the admin address, which is for general enquires/queries. For safeguarding purposes, please can you call each day that your child is absent from school.

Link to the school calendar and school holiday dates

Holidays 2022-23
Half term Monday 24 – Friday 28 October

Christmas Wednesday 21 December – Tuesday 3 January

Half term Monday 20 – Friday 24 February

Easter Monday 3 April – Friday 14 April

Half term Monday 29 May – Friday 2 June

Summer Thursday 20 July – Tuesday 5 September

Parents’ Evening Dates 2023

Monday 9 January Y11 Parents’ Evening
Monday 16 January Y10 Parents’ Evening
Monday 23 January Y7 Parents’ Evening (NELST)
Thursday 2 February Y7 Parents’ Evening (HMWG)
Monday 13 February Y12 Parents’ Evening
Monday 27 February Y9 Parents’ Evening (NELST)
Thursday 9 March Y9 Parents’ Evening (HMW)
Monday 3 July New Y7 Parents’ Information Evening


Please can parents/carers ensure that your child is properly equipped for learning. The equipment for learning is listed below, 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 regularly.

Thank you.

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