Admiral Lord Nelson School
The Admiral Lord Nelson School logo
|Motto||′Dare to dream; Aim to achieve′|
|Type||State, Secondary, Comprehensive, Day school|
|Chair of Governors||Jeff Smith|
|Specialism||Business and Enterprise|
|DfE URN||116476 Tables|
|Colours||Purple and green|
Admiral Lord Nelson School is a mixed non denominational secondary school in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. The school, located on the eastern side of Portsmouth on Dundas Lane, opposite Ocean retail park and running parallel to the Eastern Road, is situated next to Langstone Harbour, and was constructed on a green field site.
Named after Horatio Nelson, admiral and hero of the British Royal Navy, with which it has already built ties, it was established in 1995 and runs as a Business and Enterprise College to provide education for 11-16 year old students. On opening it had an initial attendance of 170 year 7 students, which has subsequently grown substantially to around 1000. During this time, it has forged partnerships with the local business community.
Along with another Portsmouth state school, Milton Cross, Admiral Lord Nelson School is currently one of only two fully accessible schools in the city; providing numerous lifts and wheelchairs to disabled students. The building also has several small two-wheeled trolleys for transporting disabled students up and down stairs during accidents and emergencies.
Sporting facilities include an outdoor all weather full size AstroTurf pitch and multi-use game area and an indoor fitness studio, these facilities along with a sports hall and a dance studio have become a useful asset to the wider community, as part of the Community Improvement Partnership in the city of Portsmouth.
Ofsted and governance
The 2011 Ofsted Inspection awarded the school a rating of 2 ("Good") in a scale of 1 to 4, excellent to inadequate respectively. In 2007, Admiral Lord Nelson School was ranked second in a ranking of the schools in Portsmouth by CVA. By 2010, this had slipped to position 6, but rose back to second in 2012.
The founding headteacher, Mrs Dianne Smith, was succeeded by the current headteacher Mr Steven Labedz who was appointed by the governors at the beginning of 2006 having previously held the post of Associate Headteacher.
In October 2013, the school announced it was proposing to change its Governance status from Community School to Academy.
As a Converter Academy, the school will be independent from both the Local Authority and any form of sponsor or chain of other academies. They will be funded directly from Central Government and so have more choice on where and how to spend their money.
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