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Welcome to the
Salterns Academy Trust

Our approach is inclusive and student-centred, leading to high ambition for all and a caring, supportive environment for every student

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The Salterns Academy Trust exists to serve the community of Portsmouth. We run two successful and fast-growing secondary schools in the city, providing the opportunities for over 2100 young people to be the very best that they can be.

We are proud to be student-centred, inclusive, celebratory and very aspirational because we know that our students and their families deserve the best and we know too that excellent education changes lives.

We are a caring and supportive employer of over 260 staff of whom we have the same high expectations. We work in partnership with GLF (a Multi-Academy Trust) on school improvement and staff training.

Constantly striving to improve, we are very happy to work collaboratively with any organisation both within Portsmouth and beyond who can help us to meet our vision for our students. This includes the Portsmouth Council, the University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth Education Partnership and the Royal Navy as well as other schools, colleges and multi–academy trusts.

CEO of the Salterns Academy Trust

Nys Hardingham

Salterns Academy Trust CEO

Claire Copeland

Salterns Academy Trust Director of Education

Our Academies

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Admiral Lord Nelson School

The school is ambitious for all our students. We are committed to providing the very highest quality education as well as a caring and emotionally supportive environment.

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Trafalgar School

Our students talk enthusiastically about our values of respect, community, resilience, aspiration and inclusion. They understand how these contribute to the school's caring atmosphere.

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Pupils are safe in school. The environment is calm, with a tangible sense of togetherness. Staff care about all pupils and look after their welfare. There is a strong family ethos that involves the whole school community.

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Admiral Lord Nelson School Report 2022
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Pupils thrive and feel safe in this highly inclusive school. Staff ensure that pupils receive the precise help they need… They take pride in each other’s successes and take great care to not ‘harm the community’ feel of the school through unkind behaviour. Sanctions for poor behaviour are uncommon because pupils do their best to comply with the high expectations of staff.

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Trafalgar School 2023


The Salterns Academy Trust is a Rights Respecting Organisation and both schools have received awards - Admiral Lord Nelson School achieved Gold and Trafalgar School achieved Silver.
Both schools are also judged as Good schools by Ofsted.

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RRS Gold Award
Admiral Lord Nelson School

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RRS Silver Award
Trafalgar School