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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


Year 6 Tours

Please follow the link to book a tour of the school:

Link to the school calendar (school holiday, exams and a Parents’ Evening dates)

Holidays 2022-23

We finish for the Summer holidays at 3.30pm on Wednesday 19th July 2023

We hope you all have a lovely relaxing time!

Staggered Start to Autumn Term 2023

In September, we intend to stagger the start of term as follows:
• Wednesday 6th September – Year 7 and Year 12 ONLY to attend
• Thursday 7th September – ALL pupils and sixth-formers to attend

This is to enable the effective and smooth transition for our Year 7s and Year 12s, the vast majority of whom will be new to the school. All of these pupils will be commencing a new and very different stage in their academic careers.

A Level and GCSE Results Day 2023 (Please click this link for further information):

We would like to take this opportunity to remind all pupils/students and their parents/carers about the arrangements in place for the upcoming A Level and GCSE Results Days:

A Level Results Day: Thursday 17 August 2023                 

08:00am – 10:00am in the Sixth Form common room

GCSE Results Day: Thursday 24 August 2023                    

08:00am – 10:30am in the Main Hall

If a pupil/student is unable to collect their results in person, they will need to complete an ‘Examination Results Collection Form’ which can be downloaded from the school website or collected from the school’s Exams Office. This form must be returned to the Exams Officer, Miss E Hanabury, by no later than Friday 14 July 2023.

Exam results cannot be issued to candidates until after 08:00am on the Results Days.

Exam results cannot be issued over the phone. 

We would like to wish all pupils/students receiving their exam results in August the very best of luck!

Any late Sixth Form applications, please contact Sixth Form directly.

If you would like to make an appointment to purchase new uniform items during the Summer holidays, please contact us on 07419298908 or 016973 44556.

Thank you

Alison & Deborah (Gladrags)


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.

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

If your 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.

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