Letter from the Headteacher – 30th April 2019

30th April 2019

Dear parents,

I am writing to update you about a number of pieces of good news!

Firstly, we have been successful in our bid for a capital grant from the government to repair all of the flat roofing in the school. We have been allocated approximately £850 000 to complete these repair works which will take place between June and November this year. This work will remedy all of our damp problems in the Drama Studio and ensure that we have no further water leaks in the Dance Studio, Sports Hall and the Main Hall.

The £4.6million building works to support the expansion of the school are also planned to start during the summer holidays and will continue throughout the next academic year. I will write to you with further details as soon as I have information regarding how both of these major building projects will affect the daily operation of the school site, but please be prepared for changes to our usual routines later this term.

As a result of continued water damage to the main hall wooden sprung floor, we have been able to use our school insurance to fund the complete replacement of the floor in the main hall at a cost of around £50 000. This work was completed during the Easter holiday and we now have a beautiful wooden sprung floor to better support our students during their indoor PE lessons. The Main Hall is also available for hire and is well used by many community groups for private functions and regular weekly hiring, for example by a theatre school, karate and table tennis clubs.

We have also been delegated funds by Portsmouth City Council (as part of the £4.6million expansion building plan) to replace all of the student toilets in the school and will be spending around £170 000 during 2019 undertaking these works. This has been a priority for our students for many years and I am absolutely delighted to finally be in a position to make this important improvement to our school for our students.

Additionally, the school received some extra capital funding as a result of the Chancellor’s announcement earlier this year in his budget statement that there would be additional money for schools for ‘little extras’. Our Trust has chosen to delegate all of these funds to the school and the Governors have decided to spend the £50 000 on refurbishing the staff toilets, which have also not been upgraded since the school was built in 1997.

Please be assured that delivering the best possible education for your child is our top priority and we will manage the impact of all building work so that any disruption is kept to an absolute minimum.

Finally, on a different but equally exciting note, last Friday the TES (our national education newspaper) announced the shortlists for its annual awards. I am thrilled to inform you that Admiral Lord Nelson School has been shortlisted for 2 of these prestigious awards, the Creative School of the Year Award and the International School Award. This is a tremendous recognition of just how impressive the Personal Development curriculum is at Admiral Lord Nelson School and is a well-deserved acknowledgement of the exceptional work our staff do here every day at the school.  Winners are announced on 21st June, so watch out for the celebrations if we win!!!

Yours sincerely,

Nys Hardingham