A Message from Joy Mitchell, Head Teacher 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 Head Teacher 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.’

General Information and Introduction to North Leamington School

NLS and what we stand for...

North Leamington School (NLS for short), an 11-18, mixed comprehensive with around 1300 students on roll, including 300 in the Sixth Form, relocated in September 2009 to new ‘state-of-the-art’ buildings, with capacity for 1500 students and a planned admission number of 240.


Our vision is: North Leamington School will continue to ensure a vibrant, ever-improving and outstanding learning community; one that offers fantastic opportunities to enthuse, engage and enrich the experiences of all its stakeholders. We will continue to engender a commitment to life-long learning in a very positive, dynamic and respectful environment; one that expects and supports personal excellence but in the context of dedication to the concept that “everyone matters equally”.

The design concept for NLS is that of a university campus, with separate buildings for each faculty: CORE/ Humanities, Performance, Individual Educational Needs (IEN), and the Sixth-Form Centre, known as 'The Hub'.

Importantly, these facilities, from the sports centre and the floodlit all-weather surfaces to the 400-seat theatre, also provide a much-needed resource for the local community, enabling NLS to operate effectively as a Community School.

We have developed a varied, relevant curriculum throughout the 11-18 age range and have greatly enriched this with a wide ranging programme of extra-curricular activities. We have established a vibrant culture at NLS and we are very proud of our status as an International School.


We strongly believe that Every Child Matters Equally and are totally committed to enabling all our young people to enjoy learning, to achieve success at NLS and to become positive global citizens of the future.

So what does the NLS stand for? What are its values?

It’s About Learning!

We are passionate about learning and see the school as the chance to transform lives. We encourage our students to adopt an active, problem-solving approach to learning, whether working collaboratively in groups or researching topics independently. As staff, we are totally committed to learning by sharing ideas and reflecting with each other on our teaching.


Everyone Matters Equally

We are a non-selective, 11-18 community school in which everyone matters equally. Each student’s academic progress, each student’s personal and social development, each student’s wellbeing and each student’s future must matter equally at NLS.


Excellence in All We Do

We want every student to reach her/his ‘personal best’; to be the very best that they can be; we expect, recognise and celebrate excellence; we take pride in all our achievements as a school. Each student has a personal Learning Mentor, whose role is to support and track the student’s progress at NLS and to work with staff and parents to maximize the student’s achievement.

Individual Responsibility

We encourage everyone to take individual responsibility for the school’s collective success. Students, staff and parents/carers – working together as one school, means we can reinforce the basic ethos and values of a community with added conviction. We also look to our 300 sixth-formers to provide student leadership for the whole school and to act as role models for our younger students.

Positive Relationships

Learning is a social activity: we expect everyone to work together supportively and cooperatively and, as a result, to enjoy school life. Our ‘college’ structure, based on ‘vertical’ mentoring groups, is specifically designed to enhance social cohesion across the whole student community, creating more of a family atmosphere and closer working relationships between students of different ages


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 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.

Key Information:


The ‘College’ System, Incorporating Vertical Tutoring

The school’s 11-16 population is organised in 5 ‘Colleges’, each with a dedicated College Leader (Assistant Head teacher), a Learning Manager team who work across the colleges and a College Administrator (0.5 Admin/Clerical Support).  Each College’s students are organised into 8 Vertical Tutor (VT) Groups with a Learning Mentor, who oversees their academic, personal and social development and leads a well-structured 25-minute VT Programme each afternoon. We try to keep VT groups to around 26 students.  Year 11 follows a slightly different programme and is timetabled with specific interventions, leadership and social/emotional support programmes, as well as wider issues.  This system was introduced in September 2009 to achieve social cohesion and effective tracking in the new school and has been an unqualified success.  16-19 students remain in Year Groups but are linked to Colleges to support.


The Community of North Leamington and ‘Community Schooling’

The very real social diversity of North Leamington and the school’s ‘priority area’ ensures that NLS is as near as you will ever get to a truly comprehensive intake, not least because there is no Grammar School selection in this area of Warwickshire.  We are proud to be a comprehensive school, and the building has enabled us to develop a more active, authentic partnership with our local community in various ways.  The Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) comes into school regularly and coordinates community support, working closely with our student support team.


Diversity and Inclusiveness at NLS

This is paramount amongst the school’s values, since ‘all of human life’ features strongly amongst our students, and we are very proud of this.  We have a very strong Individual Educational Needs (IEN) Department, which coordinates personalisation for both SEND and High Ability students. 

Relationships for Learning and ‘Restorative Approaches’ at NLS

The school’s Engagement for Learning Policy and Procedures reflect ‘Restorative Approaches’, based on ‘4 Rs’ (Respect, Responsibility, Reparation, Re-Integration). We have worked very hard at this as a whole staff to embed this practice so that we have a much more proactive approach to sustaining good relationships by the whole school community.


Primary Links and Progression Links

We pride ourselves on the effectiveness of both our primary links and our further and higher education partnerships.  We work closely with the 8 Primary Schools in our ‘priority area’ and this has contributed greatly to the rapid rise in our First Preferences. We are a strategic partner with the Phoenix Alliance in Coventry, which provides a number of opportunities to further the professional development offer for our staff but also for our staff to contribute to the delivery of high quality CPD across schools.


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