Admiral Lord Nelson School Closed

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Admiral Lord Nelson School Closed

Name Admiral Lord Nelson School Closed
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 02 March 2011
Address Dundas Lane, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO3 5XT
Phone Number 023 92364536
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Not applicable
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1000

Information about the school

This average sized secondary school became a specialist school for business and enterprise in 2003. There are significantly more boys in the school than girls and the ratio of boys to girls also varies significantly between year groups. The majority of students are from White British backgrounds. There are very few students who are learning English as an additional language. The percentage of students known to be eligible for free school meals is below average. Although the percentage of students with special educational needs and/or disabilities is broadly in line with the national average, the number with a statement of special educational needs is high. The school has achieved a number of awards including Healthy Schools, Investor in People, Gold Artsmark, Silver Sportsmark and Stage 2 Investors in Careers.

Main findings

This is a good school which provides outstanding care, guidance and support for its students and promotes their personal development very well. In recent years, students’ attainment by the time they leave school has been broadly average. It is a mark of the school’s good capacity for improvement that, in most subjects, students are now making good progress and attainment is rising. Skilful development of the curriculum, strengthened management systems and more effective assessment practice in a range of subject areas are evidence of the school’s determined commitment to continuous improvement. Inspectors agree with the school’s own evaluation that teaching overall is good. The warm and caring relationships between teachers and students create a positive learning ethos. Teachers have comprehensive information about their students’ prior attainment and any particular learning needs. However, sometimes that knowledge is not used well to ensure that students are, first, challenged appropriately in all lessons and, second, experience a breadth of learning styles that will develop their independence. These weaknesses underlie some remaining inconsistencies in the quality of teaching and unevenness in students’ progress across subjects. The curriculum is very well matched to the needs of students. The wide range of extra-curricular activities is appreciated by students and makes an important contribution to their enjoyment of learning and school life. Above average attendance is testament to students’ strong sense of being valued as individuals and belonging. There are excellent opportunities for students to develop leadership skills and get involved in school, community and international improvement projects. It is to their credit that so many make a very positive contribution to these projects. Specialism in business and enterprise supports students’ future economic well-being by fostering their entrepreneurial spirit and developing skills that will help them to succeed in the workplace. Excellent support and guidance ensure students are confident in making well-informed decisions about future employment or the next stage of education and training. The headteacher’s clear and resolute leadership has successfully established a culture of high expectations. He is ably supported by senior leaders and a well-informed, dedicated governing body. There are emerging strengths in middle leadership but some members of this team are still developing the skill of using performance data to fine-tune practice and drive improvement. Self-evaluation is accurate and the school’s thorough monitoring procedures ensure it is based on secure evidence.

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