My time at NTS has allowed me to develop my confidence and passions, academically and musically. Through my involvement with the school orchestra, I have been able to perform many challenging pieces of music from the different musicals that school puts on. Furthermore, being in the orchestra allowed me to make a wide group of friends with similar interests.
On arriving at the school in Year 7 with only a small group of friends, I made use of the many extra-curricular clubs such as Art and Hockey to meet new people and explore new interests. The teachers also pushed me academically to exceed my targets in many subjects and to pursue my love for history and languages. The highlights of my school experience were gaining work experience with Allerdale Borough Council and receiving the Attitude and Service Award in Year 12.
Former pupil and current trainee Computer Science teacher
From the off when I arrived as a fresh-faced Year 7 in 2007, NTS’ness was at the heart of my learning experience in both lessons and extra-curricular activities. During my time in the Sixth Form, I was allowed the opportunity to run my own youth choir as well as attending (probably too many!) clubs myself.
In 2014 I left the Sixth Form with A Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Computing and General Studies to attend the University of Bristol to read Computer Science. Four years and a small U-turn later I graduated with a BA in Theatre and Performance Studies. My NTS’ness gave me the confidence and skills to form lasting relationships with students and staff at the university.
After a brief three-year interlude of fixing oil-fired boilers, I successfully applied to be a Teaching Assistant at The Nelson Thomlinson School in the Learning Support Department. I found working in education and helping those who need an extra hand is the most fulfilling job I’ve had. Finally, coming full circle, I accepted a place at the University of Buckingham to complete my PGCE in Computer Science whilst teaching at NTS.
I look forward to completing my teacher training in the coming year and for the foreseeable future, remaining as a Computer Science teacher here at NTS. I hope to help our pupils continue to develop their academic and personal skills so they can find their own path, however winding it may be, into an enjoyable career.
Having attended a small rural primary school, I was a little apprehensive about starting as a Year 7 pupil at The Nelson Thomlinson School. I needn’t have worried; from Day 1 I found all the staff to be very helpful and supportive and always willing to give their time to further my academic and personal development.
I made new friends and got involved with Form and House activities. I entered a competition to design a sensory garden for a community group in Wigton and was lucky enough to win and witness my design being built. I enjoyed being part of a team in the drama and musical productions, whether it was on stage performing or playing in the school orchestra. My musical passion began with a drum kit which evolved into percussion, and this led to me being a member of several music ensembles, including the English Schools’ Orchestra. Time spent on residential music courses and expeditions through the gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme helped to develop my self-confidence, leadership and communication skills, all of which were extremely useful to support my application for Higher Education.
I am now studying for a BA in Production Technology and Management at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. I am thoroughly enjoying the course which utilises knowledge gained from my chosen A-level subjects: Music, Product Design, Computer Science and Core Maths. In the Sixth Form you were expected to take a lot more responsibility for your own learning and this has helped to develop a strong work ethic, independence, time management and focus, which are proving to be solid foundations upon which to build the next phase of my education.
Without doubt, this school has provided me with a raft of opportunities and helped me to get to where I am today – I am proud to say I was a member of the NTS community.
I joined NTS in Year 7 as the only pupil from my primary school and I haven’t looked back since. During the seven years I spent at NTS every opportunity was made available, whether academic or extra-curricular. I am keen sportswoman and enjoyed every minute I spent on sports field, largely due to the efforts of the P.E department. The staff never failed to inspire me or my peers to produce a winning performance, allowing each and every one of us to reach our potential.
Whilst in the Sixth Form I studied Biology, Chemistry and Maths, achieving three A*’s. I am now lucky enough to be studying Medicine at Newcastle University, a success I would not have had without the support from NTS. The Sixth Form staff, in particular my Form Tutor Mrs Johnson, went the extra mile to make sure I achieved my dream. I feel privileged to have had such an experience.
Regardless of your ambition, you will find a place at NTS. I have made memories and friendships there that will last a lifetime.
I am currently HR Advisor at Futamura (Wigton Factory) and have been with the Company since leaving Lancaster University in 2016. Prior to University, I studied at The Nelson Thomlinson School, which had a big part in guiding my future career.
The decisions I made at NTS played an integral part to deciding what I wanted to do. This started in Year 9 when I chose to study Business Studies at GCSE level. I decided to stay on at NTS 6th Form after realising I had an interest in Business Studies and thoroughly enjoyed learning the subject. I was then introduced to Young Enterprise, the opportunity to build a business and then compete with other schools. As part of this we had to understand how a business works, speak to potential clients, create a trade stand and deliver presentations to a wide range of audiences (which was very daunting at the time). This opportunity helped me to understand what my strengths were and confirmed my decision to study Business Management at University. Throughout my time at Nelson, thanks to a wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer, I volunteered as a Peer Mentor, participated in a number of sports teams and thoroughly enjoyed competing in Rock Challenge, an annual dance competition. All these experiences allowed me to build my skillset and gave me plenty of content to discuss on my personal statement for University.
Since leaving NTS, I have collaborated with different departments during my time at University, such as coordinating the Tercentenary Dinner celebrations in 2014, creating a school trip to learn about UAV’s and mapping in my role for a Surveying Company as well as teaching a Year 8 class while working for the University. In my current role at Futamura, I frequently present assemblies and attend parents evenings to increase awareness of future opportunities for students. Recently I have joined the NTS Governing body and I hope to be able to support the school and its pupils as much as it has supported me.