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Present Pupils

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I have not regretted my decision to move to The Nelson Thomlinson School from Carlisle. The school has given me an abundance of opportunities to develop not only as a pupil but my personality as well. Recently I became a peer mentor leader. This role allows me to welcome and reassure Year 7 pupils to ensure a smooth transition into secondary education, whilst also building my confidence to lead and speak in front of groups.

Currently I’m working towards my Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award improving my chess and rowing skills as well as volunteering at Wigton Infants School. I have also participated in the school tennis team since Year 7 and was fortunate enough to enjoy a trip to Wimbledon. The highlight of school life was winning the Dodd & Co prize for Economics, which is a subject I am very passionate about.

The Nelson Thomlinson School has pushed me to reach my full potential and I am proud to be part of the NTS family.

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I am into my sixth year at NTS having joined as an only pupil from my primary school. The welcome I received from my fellow pupils and staff was simply fantastic. During my first year I fully embraced both academic studies and the many extra-curricular activities offered and soon built up a wide circle of new friends. My competitive nature is encouraged by all teachers and the House system to help me to deliver the best possible results in everything I do. I have always been an active contributor to Tutor Group activities linked to the wider school community.

The Science Department continues to motivate me, studying both Biology and Chemistry will support my aspirations in further education. Maths is also a subject I am passionate about and would love for it for form part of my future. The highlight of my academic journey at NTS was being awarded the NTS Parent and Teacher Association Prize for my achievements at GCSE. In addition to my academic subjects I am also a keen sportswoman, and was awarded the Spirit of Sport Prize last year. I lead and participate in many school teams and always seek to achieve the best for myself and inspire my team to produce a winning performance. I have always found the commitment and support from school staff is admirable. Furthermore, my recent appointment to become a House Captain will give me the opportunity to learn more about myself and how I can improve and reach my full potential.

I am proud to be a part of The Nelson Thomlinson School and hope that my final chapter of school life will be as enjoyable as my last.

Current Staff

Mr Knott

I’ve been teaching at The Nelson Thomlinson School now for four years and the experience has been an extremely rewarding one. After moving from my native Lancashire the welcome I received at school, and in Cumbria for that matter, was warm and supportive. I relocated up here for the natural environment and abundance of outdoor activities on offer. I am a keen mountain biker, climber and hill walker and find the Northern Fells, and Lake District as a whole, more than caters for my wants and needs. In 2013 I climbed the Eiger with a group of friends.

Sharing my knowledge and experience of the outdoor environment is of great importance to me and this is why I have taken over as leader of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme at Nelson Thomlinson. Seeing pupils learn new skills and push themselves outside the classroom environment brings great satisfaction and, even though they don’t admit it at the time, I am sure they enjoy it too!

Miss Bailey

I owe both my academic success and my love of teaching to The Nelson Thomlinson School.


I joined the Sixth Form in 2012, where I was instantly captured by the enthusiasm and dedication of the teachers. Before coming to the Sixth Form it was never inevitable that I would go on to study at University. However, the teachers here expected me to work hard and think analytically; I soon began to flourish academically. I thoroughly enjoyed History at Sixth Form and I went on to study my undergraduate degree in History at the University of Liverpool. Immediately following this, I was granted a scholarship to study Medieval and Renaissance Studies at a Master’s level.

I joined the school in September 2016 as a History teacher and it has been my aim to instil my passion of History into my students. I take great pleasure in planning and teaching lessons which encourage the pupils to understand a past which is different to the society that they currently live in.

Having now worked here for some time, I have seen the positive impact our department has on pupils. During their time with us, students are equipped with strategies and techniques that allow them to be successful, independent learners.

Past Pupils

Jonathan Brough

At The Nelson Thomlinson School I tried to take advantage of the many opportunities and extra-curricular activities that are on offer, in particular sports teams, which helped me to meet new people and allowed me to gain valuable life skills such as good communication and the ability to work well in a team.

In the Sixth Form, I enjoyed taking part in the Paired Reading scheme, designed to improve the reading skills of younger pupils, and I also dedicated one study period per week to assist a Year 7 Maths class. My role as a prefect allowed me to gain an increased sense of responsibility. The one thing I appreciate the most about Nelson Thomlinson is the time devoted by the teaching staff. This is shown throughout the lessons as well as additional sessions which are often provided to help pupils achieve their full potential. I now work as a trainee Quantity Surveyor for Story Contracting, and will attend university on day release from September.

Samantha Bell

After finishing Sixth Form at NTS I started an Advanced Apprenticeship at Dodd & Co Accountants where I am currently studying for my AAT Level 3 and 4 and will go on to study Chartered Accountancy. In the Sixth Form I studied Geography, Business Studies and Maths, where I achieved AAB. My time in the Sixth Form was very enjoyable and gave me great skills which I could transfer into everyday work life such as independence and time management.

I would recommend NTS Sixth Form as it is an outstanding learning environment where you are supported by the excellent Sixth Form team and treated like an adult; setting you up for whatever goals you want to achieve. You also get many opportunities to participate in a wide array of extra-curricular activities which make you stand out from the crowd when applying for apprenticeships or university.