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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


Monday 19th September will be a Bank Holiday to mark Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral.

Our school will be closed for the Bank Holiday.

Queen Elizabeth II dedicated her life to the service of her people throughout times of change and upheaval. She has been an amazing role model and we at NTS share in the widespread sense of grief and loss.

Last Friday at 11am we held a minute’s silence in honour of Queen Elizabeth II. Our school will also be remembering and paying tribute to those years of dedication and service in the coming days.

We are holding our Open Evening for 2023 Year 7 Admissions next week on Tuesday 13 September. It is a fantastic opportunity for both parents and pupils to see what we offer at NTS.
Any students thinking of joining us in Year 12 in September 2023, are also very welcome to attend the Open Evening and school tours.

Link to the school calendar and school holiday dates


Everyone needs sleep – especially teenagers – yet you may find it can be difficult to get the sleep you need when returning to school.

Please click on this link for more information. 


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.

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