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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


Leavers Arrangements

Please see below for information regarding the Year 11 and Year 13 leaving arrangements.

Year 11 Leavers

Year 13 Leavers 

Message from the Headmaster 

Please be aware that a number of key senior staff are currently not in school due to medical reasons.
This may affect the efficiency of communication and the smooth running of the school during this period. Rest assured, however, that the quality of education and pastoral care will be maintained. Thank you for your understanding.

Please read the Headmasters letter here.

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

Holidays 2022-23

Half term Monday 29 May – Friday 2 June

Summer (first day of hols) Thursday 20 July – (last day of hols) 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

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

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.


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