Admiral Lord Nelson School

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Admiral Lord Nelson School
Admiral Lord Nelson School Logo.PNG
The Admiral Lord Nelson School logo
Motto ′Dare to dream; Aim to achieve′
Established 1995
Type Academy
Executive Headteacher Steven Labedz
Headteacher Nys Hardingham
Chair of Governors Jeff Smith
Location Dundas Lane
Coordinates: 50°49′05″N 1°03′14″W / 50.818°N 1.054°W / 50.818; -1.054
Local authority Portsmouth
DfE number 851/4320
DfE URN 140697 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1009
Gender Co-educational
Ages 11–16
Colours Purple and green

Admiral Lord Nelson School is a mixed co-educational 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,[1][2] it was established in 1995 and specialises in Business and Enterprise to provide education for 11- to 16-year-old students. On opening it had an initial attendance of 170 year 7 students, which has subsequently grown substantially to around 1000.[3] During this time, it has forged partnerships with the local business community.[4]

The headteacher is called Nys Hardingham


Photograph of Admiral Lord Nelson School from the fields

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.[5] 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.[6][7]

Ofsted and governance[edit]

The 2011 Ofsted Inspection awarded the school a rating of 2 ("Good") in a scale of 1 to 4, excellent to inadequate respectively.[8]

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.[9]

Academy status[edit]

In October 2013, the school announced it was proposing to change its Governance status from community school to academy.[10] The school formally converted to academy status on 1 April 2014. As a converter academy, the school is independent from both the local authority and any form of sponsor or chain of other academies. The school is funded directly from Central Government.[11]


  1. ^ "Welcome to Peter Green's Navy pages". 1989-05-30. Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  2. ^ "Royal Navy". Royal Navy. 2005-05-13. Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  3. ^ "School and Local Statistics". Department for Education. 2013-09-19. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  4. ^ "Inspection Report: Admiral Lord Nelson School". Ofsted. p. 8. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-22. Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  6. ^ "Community Improvement Partnerships (CIPs)" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  7. ^ Published on Fri Sep 18 14:12:36 BST 2009. "Ex-Sweet star will teach kids how to rock - East Hampshire - The News". Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  8. ^ "File Downloading Center". Ofsted. Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  9. ^ [1] Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "Academy Update". 2013-10-10. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  11. ^ "Academies Funding 2012/13 FAQs" (PDF). Education Funding Agency. 2012-08-30. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 

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