About us

Welcome to Ormiston Denes Academy, the most historic school in Lowestoft and the first choice Academy for the majority of families in the local area. In line with our Grammar School heritage we offer a rigorous, traditional curriculum; supplemented by a broad choice from creative and performing arts, technology, and sport which is personalised to the ability of individual students.

Our ethos is simple:

Every young person has the potential to achieve the highest grades in English, mathematics and indeed all subjects that they take. By highest grades we mean a minimum of what is now a Grade C, but for a substantial proportion of our students this target will be an A. Our mantra of ‘every student every subject’ means that whilst English and mathematics are considered vital, we expect excellence in all curriculum areas, and set the highest standards for every individual student, regardless of their year group and whether they are aiming for a C or an A*.

Every young person has the potential to excel at something outside of their core lessons. Our gold standard enrichment programme, coupled with an extensive range of after school clubs, activities and trips, gives students the opportunity to explore a range of experiences outside of their main subjects; find something that they love, and pursue it.

As the largest Academy in Lowestoft we are fortunate to be able to provide first-rate facilities across the curriculum. Our new arts centre, refurbished technology classrooms, 3g astroturf pitches and extensive ICT infrastructure are a few examples. However, providing an excellent environment for learning is just one of the aspects ensuring that students are able to focus on the core purpose of being in school; their education. In addition to our relentless focus on standards, our traditional house structure, dedicated Heads of House and committed pastoral teams, offer students the support they require and give parents a clear point of contact.

Providing the highest level of teaching and learning is the most important role of every staff member in the Academy. Through staff training and selective recruitment we invest in ensuring that students are taught by experts in their field who are passionate about their subject. Part of this investment is in Lead Practitioners and Specialist Leaders in Education. Nationally recognised, these staff in English, mathematics, science, history, geography, technology and physical education lead and inspire the development of teaching and learning across the Academy.

Being part of the Ormiston Academies Trust provides us with immediate access to both a local and national network of Academies. These include some of the top experts in education that we may call on at any time to support us in any area of our work; from preparing gifted and talented students applying for the top universities, to providing guidance on running residential trips abroad.

More importantly, being part of Ormiston means that the families of our students are joining a community. A community that will care for and support your child on their chosen path, with dedicated staff, who are committed to removing barriers to students’ success. We are a community that will place the safety, happiness and fulfilment of your child at the centre of all we do.

We choose to be an Ormiston Academy because we passionately believe in the potential of every individual. I welcome you to join our community, and entrust us with the education and aspirations of your child.

Ben Driver
Principal