A Message from Joy Mitchell, Headteacher of NLS

I want NLS to be a happy school, with high standards and expectations; a place to be proud of, where every individual is valued for their unique contribution to the school. I want success to be recognised and celebrated at every opportunity and for everyone to thrive.

We are on the next stage of our very exciting journey as a school, from 'Good' to 'Outstanding'. Results are progressively improving year on year, and the new intake for September 2016 is over-subscribed, sending a very strong message to our community that NLS is a popular choice for parents and carers; I therefore look forward to working with you all to build a strong, supportive partnerships that continue to move the school forward.

I am passionate in my desire that every student at the school has the best possible learning experience to develop the skills and abilities needed to be successful in life. We are a non-selective, 11-18 community school complete with 21st Century educational and recreational facilities. We will deliver outstanding teaching and learning in this wonderful environment, where students will develop the ability to be resilient, resourceful, reflective individuals who can work collaboratively to reach their full potential and be able to cope with the rapidly changing world in which they live in.

We care about all our students and will support and challenge them throughout their seven years at the school so that they feel safe, are happy in school, and become both confident and successful. Our Vertical Tutoring system had been designed to support this by making sure that every student has their own personal Learning Mentor, who will track their progress and support their needs to maximise their potential as they progress through the school.

We encourage everyone to take individual responsibility for the schools collective success and will actively encourage all our students, staff, parents/carers and wider community to work together for the benefit of all. Our students are our community's future, and we will give them opportunities to show leadership and to act as role models for younger students as part of our enrichment curriculum.

We respect ourselves and each other, our local and global communities and the environment. This is the message of the school's Code of Conduct. Our status as an International School, as an Eco School and as an Investor in People are of critical importance to us in our whole approach to Respect. We want to do our professional best to enable all our students to become positive global citizens of the future, as our Central Aim states.

As the Headteacher of this wonderful school, I will invest in the capability of every member of our community and help them to achieve their potential. I look forward to meeting and working with you all in the future.




‘Under the Education Act 2002, schools must make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.  Parents/carers should know that the law (Children Act 1989) requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse.  Staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer and, where possible, seek their consent to make a referral to Children’s Social Care if that is considered necessary.  This will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm.  The school will seek advice from Children’s Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.  Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later found to be unfounded.  Parents/carers will appreciate that the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead carries out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acts in the best interests of all children.’



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