Dear Parent/ Carer
I would like to open by thanking Year 11 students again for their attendance at our period 5 lessons on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and, indeed the staff. Although we are back in school, we must not forget that all our students missed a considerable amount of learning time so that’s why we have various programmes in place to help them catch up. It is important however that it is planned and phased catch up time; spread over the months that lie ahead. I sometimes refer to this as ‘managed urgency’. It is exactly the same as when you are behind in a contest when the last thing you want to do is rush, the key is to up the pace and momentum so that the quality remains and you ‘catch up’.
On Wednesday we went through our ‘lockdown’ and ‘fire’ procedure drills and both went well. It was very different this time as year groups came out together and they were managed by their heads of year and heads of key stage. It was very orderly but as always, we are reviewing both sets of procedures to see where we can tighten up and adapt plans. They are both scenarios you have to plan for but hope you don’t have to use. Overall I was very pleased, so my thanks to our students for conducting themselves so well.
As you may know, the Government is discussing the possibility of introducing “circuit breakers” whereby some areas are forced into a 2 week lockdown to break the spread of COVID19. However, they have not yet provided any firm guidance. We believe this could be treated in accordance with tier 2 of our closure plan, but we will confirm this once we know for definite.
We have been in negotiations with our catering providers and I can say that as from Tuesday there will be some provision of hot food. Whilst still not ideal, the hot snacks will be a welcome addition to our limited cold food choice that has been on offer. All the year group food areas will have tills so please ensure that your child has money on their account; which can be completed via ParentMail.
Yesterday, we held our Strategic Progress Board and Local Governing Body meetings. These are both really important meetings for us as they provide an opportunity to talk through plans and evaluate our progress. The external scrutiny is crucial for a number of reasons, not least to share ideas and help support the school.
I am pleased to enclose a welcome letter from Mrs Kirsty Gardiner, our Head of Year 8.
I have been impressed when I am ‘out and about’ seeing what’s going on and chatting with staff and students. It is a real pleasure and to give students their due, they are very kind when I try to kick a football. Being at the gate is also a highlight seeing our students arrive then leave at the end of the day. A huge thanks to parents for your support in ensuring our school uniform standards are maintained and that our students look fantastic.
Mr Jim Nixon, Principal
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Mrs Buckenham has created this cookbook for all skill levels. Take a look and make something tasty!
Following on from the successful OAT EAST Dance competition, the full video performance from our students can be seen here: http://bit.ly/OATEASTDance
Students from Ormiston Denes Academy had a fantastic trip to Tonale in Italy again this year for the 2020 ski trip! All students had a fantastic time and demonstrated courage, resilience and determination. Our surroundings were beautiful – breathtaking with glorious weather! As well as skiing, students also participated in: • Bumboarding • Night Ski […]
We had an amazing time when 21 of our brilliant dancers took part in the first OAT East Dance competition! Students were competing against 7 other Ormiston academies, which calculated to just over 100 students. Their 10 minute routine made audience members cry, cheer and have goose bumps! Also, a huge well done to our […]
We are proud to announce that in January we were awarded our platinum award from our work with Suffolk Family Carers and supporting our young carers in school. We work closely with Suffolk Family Carers, and especially those within our academy. We have raised school awareness of young carers through assemblies, form time sessions, social […]
The OAT East Dance Competition is taking place at Ormiston Denes Academy on Wednesday 12th February 2020 at 7.00pm! This is a competition for students from eight Ormiston academies based in East Anglia, and we are hosting! Family and friends are welcome to this free event, doors will open at 6.45pm.
The Ormiston Denes Academy annual Careers Fair is taking place on Friday 6th March! This gives our students a chance to investigate possible careers and opportunities available to them. Over 45 organisations are attending this fantastic event!
Congratulations to all students involved, for their months of hard work and effort, in preparing and delivering various workshops and events for the Dora Love competition. All of the students were so professional in their presentation in the final, competing against 17 other secondary schools for the prize, and speaking in front of hundreds of […]
A very proud moment for Ormiston Denes Academy when some of our Year 9 students performed Suitcase 1938, at Lowestoft Train Stationn, as part of the Holocaust Memorial Day Service. This marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The train station is important as it was one of the places that received hundreds of Jewish refugees […]
The results are now in and we are proud to say that we have won 4 of the 6 categories that we entered, with all of our students being highly commended! Dance – JessicaArt – OliviaFood Technology – AlfiePublic Speaking – Daisy Congratulations to all students from the Lowestoft schools that participated in the awards. […]