We are the Creative School of the Year!

We are thrilled to inform you that our school has won the ‘teaching Oscars’, the TES Schools Awards!

Every UK state school is eligible to enter the TES awards and there were thousands of applications from primary, secondary and special schools in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. We were delighted just to make the shortlist in 2 of the 10 categories that ALNS was eligible to enter!

On Friday 21st June 2019, the Senior Leaders and Governors represented our school at the Awards Ceremony had between them over 160 years of dedicated service to Admiral Lord Nelson School. It was a fitting tribute to all of their hard work that they were all there together at The Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair with over 1200 other invited guests to see Admiral Lord Nelson School announced as the winner in the category for ‘Creative School of the Year 2019’.

The Senior Leaders and Governors in attendance
Mrs Hardingham receiving the award

This is the press release that the TES Schools Awards released explaining why they were so impressed with our school:

Admiral Lord Nelson School has taken Creative school of the year at the prestigious TES Schools Awards 2019. The awards, celebrating their eleventh year, recognise outstanding contributions made by education teams and individuals to help students around the country to succeed, both inside and outside the classroom.

Admiral Lord Nelson School is the first in the country to win a double platinum Artsmark award from Arts Council England in recognition of its excellence in cultural education.

The secondary school, which has about 1,000 pupils, cites one of its ongoing challenges as raising the cultural capital of young people in its home city of Portsmouth and has worked hard to develop its role as an ambassador for the arts in the city while also expanding pupils’ experiences with professional artists.

Judges noted how arts and performing arts at Admiral Lord Nelson are connected to the school’s moral vision around rights for children: it has been given a Rights Respecting Gold award from UNICEF, and works with refugees and the Red Cross in Portsmouth.

Plans are now in place across the city to develop a performance/drama project incorporating the Rights Respecting aspect of Admiral Lord Nelson’s work and the theme of “diversity”.

The judges were impressed by the school’s “long-standing commitment to embedding creativity through the curriculum”.

They added: “Admiral Lord Nelson is determined to keep the creative arts and creativity right at the heart of its curriculum, and not just in those traditionally creative areas. It actively demonstrates ways of delivering more traditional subjects – the less obviously creative subjects – in creative ways. It is clear that they think about this all the time.”

The cast of Fame – the student play for 2019.
Music lessons are a fantastic opportunity for students to demonstrate their creativity.

As a school we are so proud of getting this award. It is due to the hard work of our wonderful staff and the passion that our young people have for the arts. A huge thank you to all of staff, students and of course parents who always support our events.

– Mrs Wisbey
Designing and creating solar cookers as part of The Gambia Project in Science.

“Judges were impressed with the ‘long-standing commitment to embedding creativity through the curriculum’.”

This is a wonderful acknowledgement of the tremendous work that staff and students do here at ALNS, ably supported by their parents & families. I am so incredibly proud of us all, living up to our school motto, ‘Dare to dream, Aim to Achieve!’

My thanks to you all for being such an amazing school to lead!

– Mrs Hardingham
Students performing a piece about refugees at Portsmouth’s City of Sanctuary launch event.

“[Admiral Lord Nelson School] actively demonstrates ways of delivering more traditional subjects … in creative ways. It is clear that they think about this all the time.”

Students designing a poster
Creating posters as a way to embed knowledge.