Ormiston Denes Academy is one of Suffolk’s leading co-educational secondary schools, situated in the coastal town of Lowestoft, about 110 miles north-east of London. The most easterly secondary school in the United Kingdom, it lies just 22 miles south-east of Norwich, and has a train route to London Liverpool Street via Ipswich which is 50 miles to the south.
The school is located on the A47, centrally within the catchment area and just over a mile from the centre of Lowestoft. The grounds include a sports centre which serves a focal point for the community.
Located in the historic parish of St Margaret’s, the school’s history dates back to 1910 when it was founded as a replacement for a secondary fee-paying day school established in 1904. Built by Brown and Kerr its main building is a Grade II listed building with a Queen Anne façade. The school was originally designed to accommodate 320 pupils with the site comprising eleven acres, of which seven were playing fields. For the first nine years the school was called the Lowestoft Municipal Secondary School and its aim was to provide a ‘sound education for boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 18’. In 1914 the first school magazine, The Lowestoftian was published, detailing the events of the school. Previous versions of The Lowestoftian can be viewed here.
From 1920 the school was renamed the Lowestoft Secondary School before becoming known as Lowestoft Grammar School from 1945 under the changes of the 1944 Butler Education Act.
In June 1940, soon after the start of the Second World War and as a result of the danger from air raids on Lowestoft, 327 pupils together with the head master and 21 members of staff were evacuated to Worksop. The return to Lowestoft commenced in 1943 with eventually all returning by July 1944.
After the end of the war there was a population boom, which caused a rapid rise in the number of students attending the school. This necessitated a utilitarian building programme in order to accommodate the new students. This expansion of the school buildings continued intermittently for the next 30 years.
The school became a comprehensive in 1971 and was renamed The Denes High School. In September 2004 it was designated by the Department for Education and Skills as a specialist centre for business and enterprise.
In September 2011 the age range changed from 13–18 to 11–16 as part of the reorganisation of all schools in the area. Students in Years 7 and 8 joined the school after the closure of eight middle schools in Lowestoft and the opening of Lowestoft Sixth Form meant that the Lowestoft sixth form consortium, which had operated as a shared sixth form between the high schools in the town, was dissolved.
Ormiston Denes Academy has just under 1,000 students on roll, primarily feeding into the school from one of the eleven primary schools in north Lowestoft.
In 2013 the school joined Ormiston Academies Trust, converting to academy status and into its present form as Ormiston Denes Academy. In September 2016, the academy celebrated the highest ever student outcomes in its history, confirming its position as the top performing secondary academy in north Lowestoft, alongside its established reputation as a centre for sporting and creative excellence.
Students at Ormiston Denes Academy have earned an international accreditation this academic year, recognising their amazing work in making their school more environmentally friendly and raising eco-awareness in fellow students. Eco-Schools is an international education programme that prompts young people to explore sustainability and climate change and take action. Students at Ormiston Denes Academy collaborated […]
We are excited to announce that the Schools Eco Council have now announced their Eco Code for Ormiston Denes Academy.
The Year 10 Raising Achievement and World of Work Week takes place at the academy during the week commencing 11th July 2022. Below are some helpful websites to access: https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/ https://www.icanbea.org.uk/ https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/ https://www.themasontrust.org/about/
On Thursday 2nd June 2022, we were very proud to have students, Archie, Amy and Calum, represent the school in a memorial service and plaque unveiling to the late David Parr, for the 40th Anniversary of the Falklands. Mayor of Lowestoft, Councillor Alan Green, Lieutenant General Jonathan Page OBE and Mr Philip Turner, Chairman of […]
We were proud to be part of the Festival of Suffolk as the torch left Ness Point, the most easterly part of Great Britain. The Lowestoft Town Council reported on the story, including thanks to Head Boy, Archie who was the Lowestoft Town Council torch bearer. You can read council’s full story on their Facebook […]
This year, Her Majesty the Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth. To celebrate this unprecedented anniversary, various events have been taking place in the academy, and this morning staff and students came together […]
The canteen staff have prepared some Platinum Jubilee treats for the street party on the field today! At lunchtime, students will get the chance to enjoy Victoria sponge muffins, jammie shortbread crowns and cheese and fruit mini scones and also enjoy a variety of games!
Ormiston Denes Academy students are delighted to be presenting a cheque to the Norfolk LGBT+ Project after their fundraising production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream .The PRIDE production, the first ever held at the academy, was entirely run by students and audiences made a charitable donation in exchange for their tickets. A total of £150 […]
Save the date! Saturday 16th July 2022 11.00am – 2.30pm. We can’t wait for the return of our summer fete this year and welcome you all to join us! Free entry and fun, for family and friends! There will be lots happening on the day… • Live performances. • Workshops. • Exhibitions. • Refreshments. • […]
Our Eco Council are participating in the national The Big Plastic Count next week. We have bins in school for students to put their used plastics in, and we would also encourage you to take part at home. Full details are on student’s Personal Development Google Classrooms, and tally sheets can be collected from Mrs […]