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Nelson Academy is a large non-denominational school and nursery sponsored by the Eastern Multi-Academy Trust, providing education for over 350 children aged 3 to 11 in Downham Market, Downham West, Salters Lode, Barroway Drove and Nordelph. A number of parents from surrounding villages also choose to send their children to Nelson Academy.

Eastern Multi-Academy Trust’s vision is one of providing excellence through education in local communities. Nelson Academy is proud to be the first Primary in the Trust, consolidating our own vision of raising aspirations, standards and life chances by ‘Achieving through Learning’.

The school (formerly Clackclose Community Primary School) has provided education in one form or another for almost 130 years, and converted to Academy status on January 1st 2014. The academy is named after Lord Nelson, whom, it is said, attended his first school in Downham Market. Following a major capital building programme, the school is now on one site with purpose built learning environments and 21st century facilities.

We run a breakfast and after school club and also offer a wide variety of different after school activities, including singing, theatre, sports, crafts and eco club. 

The Friends of the Academy support the school by supporting educational events and organising social and fundraising occasions.

Our mission

The mission of Nelson Academy is to create an outstanding educational environment where everybody is valued.

Our key drivers are:
– Raising aspirations
– Widened opportunities for developing learning
– The pursuit of excellence through risk taking
– Achieving through learning


The School Day - Teaching Times

Teaching times for pupils at Nelson Academy:

Nelson Academy Nursery
Morning session 9.00am – 12.00pm
Afternoon session 12.00pm – 3.00pm

Reception through to Year 6 - 32.5 hours per week
Gates open at 8.30am for free flow into school

School Day - 8.45am – 3.15pm

ASD SRB - 32.5 hours per week

Enter and exit via main school gate

School Day - 8.45am - 3.15pm