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Covid-19 Guidance & School Correspondence

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Arrangements for return to school in September 2021

We will be implementing a staggered start to the first week of the new school year in September.  This is because we have been unable to hold a transition event for our new Year 7s this term.


The arrangements for the first week back will be as follows:

Thursday 2 September – Year 7 only

Friday 3 September – Year 7, Year 8, Year 12 and Year 13. (Period 1 & 2 will be Form time for Years 8, 12 & 13.)

Monday 6 September – all years group in school as normal

Plans for Exam Results Days

  • Y13 Results Day = Tuesday 10 August from 8.30am until 11.00am.
  • Y11 Results Day = Thursday 12 August from 9.00am until 12.30pm.

CAGs Appeals Guidance 2021

NTS Open Evening Information

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This year due to Covid we are unsure if our Open Evening will be delivered ‘Live or Virtually’. This will be your opportunity to listen to key staff and some of our pupils delivering presentations either in school or online via this website from 6pm on Thursday 9th September 2021.

Transition Information For Year 6 Pupils

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Message from Gladrags regarding purchasing school uniform – for all parents/carers

We are setting up an appointments system to enable us to supply uniform safely and within the social distancing guidelines.

Please phone 07419 298908 to arrange an appointment.

  • Opening hours will be 10am – 4.30pm (Mon to Fri) and 10am – 2pm (Sat)
  • Evening appointments may be available

Thank you

Alison & Deborah (Gladrags)

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

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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