Challenge Partners

Admiral Lord Nelson School is proud to be an active member of the Challenge Partners Network.

Challenge Partners is a charity, owned and led by schools, who work together to lead school improvement. Challenge Partners believe that when schools are working in partnership to improve continually their practice then an excellent education for pupils will be achieved. Challenge Partners Schools are committed to four aims which impact on the young people we serve:

  1. Improve pupils’ examination results at a rate above the national average and accelerate the progress of the disadvantaged.
  2. Enable all schools to improve at a rate above the national average.
  3. Create more national leaders and outstanding schools that fulfill the Teaching School criteria.
  4. Develop a world-class, self-improving and sustainable system that contribute to national research and policy making.

Every year, senior leaders from Admiral Lord Nelson School join colleagues from other schools to conduct a Quality Assurance Review of a school somewhere in the South of England, under the guidance of a Lead Reviewer (who is often an experienced OFSTED Inspector too). The Review takes place over 3 days and includes a thorough analysis of school data and self-evaluation documents, observation of lessons (done jointly with senior leaders of the school being reviewed), meetings with senior leaders, meetings with students and staff. The Review team then produce a Quality Assurance Review report for the school identifying areas of strength and suggesting priorities for improvement.

We find this process to be extremely beneficial as a professional learning experience for our own senior leaders as well as providing excellent external challenge when we have our own Quality Assurance Review. Many improvements to Admiral Lord Nelson School have arisen as a result of our involvement in the Challenge Partners network.


January 2018

September 2016

In January 2018, the Review team judged Admiral Lord Nelson School to be ‘outstanding’ overall; this is a well-deserved recognition of the hard work of staff, students, Governors and parents over the past few years to create what is now a truly wonderful learning environment both in lessons and outside of lessons, at break-times and in extra-curricular activities.

We were also delighted in September 2016 to be accredited as having an identified Area of Excellent Practice in our provision of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) education for our students.


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