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24 February 2021 – Message from the Headmaster regarding the March re-start


Letter from the Headmaster regarding March 2021 re-start plans – including the timetable for pupil Covid testing


The above letter from the Headmaster was sent to all parents/carers via ParentMail. A summary of the plans are detailed below.

The plan now, then, is to test all 1400 members of the school in the first week (w/c 8th March) as follows:

  • all staff on Monday 8th March (when the school will be closed to pupils except children of key workers and vulnerable children); we also need time on this day to train the staff volunteers to carry out the mass testing of children later in the week
  • Year 11 and 13 on Tuesday 9th (who will then attend normal lessons provided they have tested negative). They will then attend normal lessons for the rest of the week.
  • then the other year groups in batches of c.320 per day on Wednesday to Friday. Year 7-10 pupils and Year 12 students except Hub pupils must only attend to be tested, as per the timings given in the letter above. There will be no provision for them at school outside these times. These children will be taught remotely, at home, as has happened in the past but may receive a reduced diet because many teaching staff will be involved in delivering the mass testing programme.

From Monday 15th March, ALL pupils will then be able to attend school, as normal.


Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation during these difficult times – and for your patience.

Mr DS Northwood



Consent Form for Lateral Flow Testing

Pupils who have previously tested positive for Covid-19 Guidance

Lateral Flow Test Information Diagram


Privacy Notice – Pupils testing at school

Privacy Notice – Pupils testing at home

Privacy Notice – Staff testing at home


Transitioning back to school after lockdown PowerPoint – Managing children’s worries

Covid Correspondence and Latest News

Consultation on awarding grades for GCSE, AS and A levels in summer 2021 - 22 January 2021

Letter from the Headmaster regarding the mass-testing strategy and return to school guidance - 31 December 2020

Message from the Headmaster - 30 December 2020

Guidance on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing

Curriculum update for Year 9 pupils - 8 January 2021

Curriculum update for Year 11 & 13 students - 8 January 2021

Message from the Headmaster - 10 December 2020

COVID transmission reduction measures -14 September 2020

School Re-Opening correspondence September 2020

NHS Test and Trace letter - September 2020

Covid absence guide from Cumbria County Council - September 2020

PE kits guidance for pupils excused from lesson - September 2020

PE Kit guidance September 2020

Cumbria County Council letter - school transport arrangements from September 2020

Cumbria County Council letter - returning to school safely

Update - letter from the Headmaster regarding plans for re-opening in September - 13 July 2020

Letter from the Headmaster regarding plans for re-opening in September - 7 July 2020

Letter from the Headmaster -school reopening for Year 10 & Year 12 - 1 June 2020

Covid Risk Assessments

School Risk Assessment - School Re-Opening September 2020

Code of Conduct - School Re-Opening September 2020

Risk Assessment - Covid Testing

Departmental Risk Assessments


Consumer Technology

General Technology




Previous Covid Correspondence

Summer exams, summer reports and curriculum preparation for the 2020-21 academic year letter - 9 June 2020

Letter from the Headmaster for all Year 7 - 9 pupils - 4 June 2020

Letter from the Headmaster for all Year 11 & 13 pupils - 4 June 2020

Letter from the Headmaster - 22 May 2020

Letter from LA regarding the return of Year 10 & 12 students - 21 May 2020

Letter from the Headmaster to all parents - 13 May 2020

Local Authority letter to parents - 12 May 2020

Internet safety leaflet - Cumbria Prevent Team and DfE

Centre-assessed grades for Year 11 and Year 13 students, and Sixth Form information

Letter from the Headmaster - Remote Learning 14 April 2020

Safeguarding poster - Includes guidance and information to help keep children in Cumbria safe.

Key worker letter from Cumbria County Council - Information for Year 7 pupils only who have no older siblings and whose parents are deemed to be key workers (these pupils maybe eligible for the Childcare HUB provision if they cannot be safely cared for at home) - 20 March 2020

School provision for children of key workers letter 19 March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - advice from Cumbria County Council 16 March 2020

NTS Coronavirus (COVID -19) Information letter 13 March 2020

NTS Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs 13 March 2020

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

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Ofsted Report

The Nelson Thomlinson School was the first Cumbrian secondary school to be judged “outstanding” under the new Ofsted framework.
Ofsted, May 2013

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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
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