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 through the commitment of a dedicated team of professionals.
Our eager children have a real thirst for learning and our excellent staff team are committed and dedicated in ensuring that each and every child achieves. We have high standards and expect the best.
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.
Emotional Intelligence – Plus (EQ+)
I have always been a firm believer in the promotion of so-called ‘soft skills’, in emotional intelligence and in improving the ability of pupils to interact effectively with others in different contexts, not least with adults and as part of a working community. Many pupils suffer when they find themselves in a different social context (e.g. a discussion with an adult, a classroom presentation etc.) and find it hard to adapt. So, as part of the School Development Plan, we have "promoted Emotional Intelligence across the school through normal lessons and Form Periods such that pupils recognise its importance in NTS and beyond, and encouraged pupil progress in eight key areas, using where possible pupil role-models as teachers.” The idea is that the project will last for the duration of the pupil’s time in school, by the end of which he/she will, ideally, be ‘EQ competent’ and ‘interview ready’. We have also embarked on a long-time project with Talk the Talk, a company keen to promote oracy skills.
Sam Northwood, MA, MEd