Last week I wrote about our focus on courtesy and how important it is, so it has been good to see this in action during the week. There have been quite a few instances when students have made a point to speak to me personally about our focus, which was very pleasing. There has also been quite a few instances of having the door held open for me and I have reciprocated. Recently I read about how one small act of kindness can make someone’s day and it is very true. It is that which we will continue to instil in all our students and indeed any adults in the building as well.
Whilst we work hard with all year groups – there has been an increased focus on key stage 3 this academic year – we are now into a very important time for Year 11. A number of different strategies are in place to support students so that they achieve the very best grade possible. Every day individual members of the senior leadership team go into certain Year 11 lessons. We call them ‘drop ins’ as it is brief and they are purely to check that students are on task. This week I have been very impressed with what I have seen. The atmosphere has been quite intense in many of them which is good. It is students who have to do the work and so to see them concentrating so hard on their work is a very positive sign.
Sometimes students think improvement has to be quite significant but as I pointed out to one of the students I mentor, the difference between a grade (let’s say grade 3 to 4 or grade 4 to 5; any grade in fact) is just one percent. The grade boundary is a line and so 1% over it and you get a grade higher. It means that lots of small improvements can make a huge difference. The difference between winning and losing a game of rugby is one point, the difference between getting your scales right or wrong in music is one note, the difference between correct spelling and wrong spelling is one letter so often in life improvement and success are down to small margins.
On the same theme Year 10 Parents’ Evening on Wednesday was a great success. I love these events as there is a real buzz with everyone – parents and carers, students, teachers – talking about progress and how well their child is doing. It is a late night but with over three quarters of students attending with their parents it was well worth it. My personal thanks to everyone who attended; it was great to see you all.
This weekend will be a mixture of events including arranging a few days in Scotland over half-term with both my boys. Over Christmas we see a lot of my wife’s family so February is a drive north, not only to see relations but also go to places where there is great scenery as they (my boys) both love photography. The plan is to visit the Mull which is a stunning island on the North West coast. The usual cooking on top of some saxophone playing – when no-one else is in the house – will be the order of the day.
Have a great weekend.
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Mia, in Year 8 at Ormiston Denes Academy has recently had her second article published in the Association for PE’s journal. In the article Mia reflects on her transition from Year 6 into 7 and also during her first year at the academy. Read the full article here.
A 16-year-old who set up his own theatre company has taken a leap towards chasing his dream on GCSE results day. Casey Divall opened his results at Ormiston Denes Academy this morning to find a 9, three 8s, two 7s, one 6 and two distinctions. The teenager will now go on to study at Lowestoft […]
We are delighted to be a movie location for the forthcoming Danny Boyle/Richard Curtis movie Yesterday. Over 60 members of staff and students were featured in the filming, with our classroom locations and students already spotted in the trailer! We look forward to the movie’s worldwide release on Friday June 28th 2019. Watch the trailer […]
Thursday 2nd May sees the return of Ormiston Denes Academy’s STEM Spectacular featuring Marty Jopson, the BBC One Show’s resident science expert, and new for 2019 – Astronomy Planetarium System Dome. Tickets are FREE, but spaces are limited, so book now! Visit our STEM Spectacular 2019 page for more details.
Ormiston Denes Academy students and staff visited the offices of Accenture in London recently and were given “a real insight” into what it would be like working at a leading management consulting firm during a special visit. With 31 Year 10 students from the Lowestoft high school greeted by employees from the global management consulting […]
Festive fever has spread across Lowestoft as residents got into the Christmas spirit at the town’s switch-on on Saturday afternoon. Not even the weather or a temporary tree light failure could put a damper on the festivities which culminated in the big Christmas lights switch-on. The lights in the town centre were switched on by […]
A clifftop ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War attracted a fine turnout as a “very moving” community event was held. An estimated crowd of more than 500 people turned out on Pakefield Cliffs on Sunday, November 11. Those present saw the beacon lit as the bells tolled to […]
Interactive workshops have helped to inspire the “next generation of engineers and scientists.” A “hands-on science roadshow” has rolled into Lowestoft as a series of wind power and engineering workshops take centre stage. Using coding to make traffic lights turn green, assembling an arch bridge, looking at how energy is generated and hearing about what […]
A popular exhibition was hailed as a “roaring success” as record numbers descended on Lowestoft. The fifth annual Lowestoft model engineering and model making exhibition was held at Ormiston Denes Academy over the weekend, with a diverse range of exhibits inspiring people of all ages. The exhibition, organised by the Halesworth & District Model Engineering […]
An academy trust which educates thousands of children across the region has secured a £2m funding boost to develop social action projects. Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) will receive the money through the #iwill Fund to ensure pupils engage in meaningful youth social action and develop social, emotional and life skills. The trust has numerous academies […]
An education charity which supports school governors is launching a new campaign in Suffolk to encourage more people to take up the role. The Governor Stories campaign is being launched at Quay Place in Ipswich on October 9 by charity Governors for Schools, with the aim of inspiring people to consider joining their local school’s […]
It was another day of celebration for young people who found out the results of the toughest exams of their school careers so far. Students across Lowestoft and Southwold were greeted with good news as schools continued their upward progress despite fears that exam grade changes would prove a setback. At Ormiston Denes Academy it […]