Headteacher’s end of year letter 2019

Dear Parents,

As we come to the end of the 2018-19 academic year, I look back with a sense of immense pride on another amazingly successful year. Even after 21 years at Admiral Lord Nelson School I remain astounded by how much we achieve together as a result of the strong working relationships that exist here amongst staff, parents and our wonderful volunteers, all totally dedicated to ensuring that your child has an excellent experience at secondary school that prepares them for a successful and happy future!

National recognition

I wrote to you very recently to describe my elation that we had once again received national recognition for our curriculum excellence, this time by being awarded the TES Award for Creative School of the Year, heading off strong competition from all of the other primary, secondary & special schools across the UK. Then, last week, I was delighted to hear that we have once again been awarded the highest accolade for excellence in our PE curriculum, the Sportsmark Gold Award.

Keeping up with school news

So much happens here that it is hard to keep up with it all! We aim to share as much as possible of school life with you in our news stories on our school website and if you are a social media user, then please do follow our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages to see some more informal updates too!

The latest copy of our School magazine, Latitude, is currently being printed and your child should be bringing their copy home for you to read before the end of term; you can also view it online here:

In the Autumn term, we aim to launch a new weekly newsletter for parents, ‘[email protected] ‘ which we will be sending out by email; please do ensure that we have your up to date contact information by checking your details on INSIGHT as all school correspondence is now sent by email. If you do have any problems accessing your INSIGHT account, please contact us on [email protected]

Building Work update

Scaffolding is now in place so that the work to repair the flat roofs above the Sports Hall, Main Hall, Drama Studio and Dance Studio can start next week and be completed by the end of November.

The Highways Agency will reconfigure the road entrance and exit to the school throughout August, which will involve night time closures of the main road in front of the school. This work should be completed by the end of August so that we can use the car park during September.

In September, we expect the contractors who will construct the new building to begin their preparatory work on site so they are ready to start construction on 1st October. The school car park will then be unavailable as a drop off and collection point for children whilst this building work is underway. Completion of the building work is planned for September 2020 with landscaping of the new front playground and the southern end of the school site finished off during the Autumn term 2020.

Saying goodbye & thank you

We say goodbye and thank you to the following staff for their hard work and dedication during their time with us at Admiral Lord Nelson School. On your behalf, I wish them all every success in their chosen futures and hope that they will always feel a sense of pride in being part of our ‘ALNS Family’!
• Karen Pascoe (Dance)
• Jenny Lay (Languages)
• Louise Wood (Design)
• Lisa Evans (Mathematics)
• Tola Adebesin (Mathematics)
• Aisha Al-Hafidh (English)
• Emma Hughes (Geography)
• Natasha Rose (Drama)
• Chris Furnell (PE)
• Megan Sagar (Teaching Assistant)
• Hannah Dunkey (Teaching Assistant)
• Jack Woodroofe (Science technician)


Mrs Bobbie Young, the longest serving member of our Senior Leadership team, who is our Trust Director of Human Resources has decided to retire at the end of this academic year. Mrs Young has been an integral part of ALNS for 24 years, starting as a parent of a child in the very first year group of our school and a Governor; soon then joining the staff.

She has been PA to each one of the school’s 3 Headteachers in the school and has been a tremendous personal and professional support to me during my 5 years as your Headteacher, providing invaluable advice and guidance on Personnel matters at all times.

Her dedication to the staff and students of Admiral Lord Nelson School has been phenomenal and it is hard to imagine ALNS without Bobbie in September but we are all very excited to wish her the very best of luck for her well-deserved retirement. On your behalf, I thank her profusely for her commitment to the children of Admiral Lord Nelson School for the past 24 years!

Welcome to new staff

We welcome the following new members of staff to our ‘ALNS Family’ in September:
• Mrs Louise Clooney (Teacher of Design)
• Mr Jamie Moat (Teacher of Humanities)
• Miss Sian Dennis (Teacher of Science)
• Miss Bridie Conaghan (Teacher of PE)
• Miss Babette Shaw (Teacher of Performance)

We will also be recruiting support staff to complete our Science Technician team, our HR team and our Teaching Assistant team over the next few weeks so that we are fully staffed again for September.

Next Year

Please find below links to the term dates, INSET days, school day timings and a reminder of our new uniform expectations for September


Lastly, I just want to thank you all and offer my continued appreciation for your support again this year. I wish you and your family a relaxing and restful summer and I am looking forward to seeing you all again at the start of the next academic year!

Nys Hardingham

The dates of term, important dates and INSET days are here:

The timings of the school day:

The uniform rules and requirements can be found here: