Nelson Thomlinson School is a Comprehensive Secondary School located in the market town
of Wigton, Cumbria, England.
school's motto is the Latin phrase "Fide et Operis", which
translates to "Faith and Works". The position of Headmistress has
been occupied by Janet Downes since September 2008..
As with many older British Secondary schools, The Nelson Thomlinson
School has a prefect system drawn from the Sixth Form. However,
instead of one Head Prefect or a Head Boy & Girl pair, there
are five Head Prefects who each take charge on a particular day of
the week. Former pupils of the school include TV presenter Melvyn Bragg
newsreader Anna Ford
The school enters students in the GCSE
examinations. Around 70%
of pupils achieve 5 or more A*-Cs each year in GCSE examinations ,
and in terms of A-Level results, the school has been rated in the
country's top 40 comprehensive school since 1997 . In a 2006
the school was judged to be an Outstanding school.
The school's Young Enterprise teams have also performed especially
well in the Young Enterprise competition over the past few
In 2003/04, the company "Panacea" won the Young Enterprise Carlisle
Area Board prize for the first time in the school's history. Their
awards included Carlisle Area Board Champions 2004, Best Trade
Stand at the Easter Trade Fair, Best Company Report, Best
Presentation, and First Place at the Exhibition Evening. A Panacea
company member, Adam Scott, also won the Individual Achiever of the
Year award. The team's gross revenue was £1610.58, which was the
highest gained by all known competitors that year.
Panacea then progressed to the Cumbria County Finals in Kendal, but
did not progress to the next round.
In the 2006/2007 academic year, the Young Enterprise team "Eläin"
won three awards in the North Cumbria round: "Best Company Report",
"Best Trade Stand", and "Best Overall Company" as well as second
place for "Best Company Presentation". In the county round, the
team won "Best Company Presentation", the "ICSA Good Governance
Award", and won third place for "Best Trade Stand". The team came
third for "Best Overall Company" in Cumbria. Eläin focused
primarily on personalised goods for families and pets and was the
largest team the school has yet entered into the competition, with
In the 2007/2008 academic year, NTS entered "Bagcycle" as the Young
Enterprise entry. The team won first place at the December trade
fair, and second place at the Cumbria Area award ceremony.
The Young Enterprise team for the 2008-2009 school year is Veg-Eco,
the team performed well at the regional finals, progressing to
county finals in April 2009.
The Thomlinson Girls School
Westmoreland House owned by Isaac Pattinson and named after the
cotton manufacturer John Thomlinson, and now known as the Thomlinson Junior School
on The Goose Market
and The Nelson School for Boys
Floshfirld House), which were both grammar schools
had opened in 1899, merged in 1953 to form the Nelson
Thomlinson Grammar School
. This school merged with
Wigton Secondary School
(a secondary modern school
) in 1969 to
form the Nelson Thomlinson Comprehensive