Craig attended The Denes from 2004–2007 and is now a researcher for Peter Aldous, MP for Waveney, in both the constituency and Westminster.
He extended his stay at the school for another two years studying A Levels within the Sixth Form consortium where his favourite subject was history. After he left The Denes, Craig continued his studies with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and a master’s degree in Security. He is now a Parliamentary Researcher working primarily in the Houses of Parliament.
Craig’s primary role is to research policies and provide Peter with briefing material in order for him to debate in the House of Commons or hold meetings with constituents. Additionally, he drafts responses to constituents’ queries, having completed the necessary research to provide a complete and accurate response, and sometimes passes them on to Ministers and Secretaries of State for the Government’s feedback. Finally, he also accompanies Peter to many of his meetings in Westminster and the constituency and, where Peter is unable to attend, Craig will often attend on his behalf.
Craig told us: “It is very unusual for an MP to have a researcher from their own constituency and Parliament is a notoriously difficult place to gain employment. In this respect I was lucky as I happened to be studying my Master’s degree at University College London and emailed Peter to request an internship with him. Following his re-election in 2015, Peter offered me a three-day-a-week, unpaid position in his Westminster office.
“Internships are almost the only way to gain paid employment with an MP, but Peter initially had no vacancies and despite applying for positions with other MPs, I simply did not have enough Parliamentary experience. Again I had a stroke of luck as with two weeks remaining of my internship Peter’s researcher decided to leave, and Peter offered me a role.”
Craig has many memories of his time at The Denes, from helping perform CPR on a locust before letting it loose in Miss Wright’s class, to a week-long trip to Wales. On his very first day he kind of cheated on a biology test, having taken exactly the same one a week earlier at his old school and knowing all of the answers – he was bumped up a set as a result!
Teachers of particular note were Mrs Erb who made him trust his artistic abilities and guided him to good art grades, and Miss Preston who constantly assured him that he was capable of going to university and succeeding in higher education.
Craig’s message to our students is this: “Don’t be too concerned if you’re not sure what you want to do. Study a broad range of subjects and decide later.”
Since speaking with Craig, we have been informed that he has just started a PhD in Defence at King’s College London, based at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, where he is researching how the strength of external military intervention affects the likelihood of a civil war peace settlement being successfully implemented.
With the current world situation, and not being able to offer our normal transition, we would like to share some resources to support current Year 6 students, who will be moving to Ormiston Denes Academy in the next academic year. There are a number of online sites available, these include: Be Awesome, Go Big has […]
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. […]