This entry comes from Dr Tony Wood, who writes to current students and parents to tell them of his time at Denes.
To students (and parents) of Ormiston Denes Academy…
If you are reading this, you are probably wondering why I differ from other alumni by putting my ‘reminiscences’ in the form of a letter to you. Good question: Easy answer. It is because there is something I want to say to you specifically. Not quite yet; in just a moment.
I began my secondary education in 1950, at what was then the Lowestoft Grammar School, with high expectations. I was not to be disappointed. Of course 1950 is a long time ago, and the school was a different place in those days to what it is now, but in my seven years it helped me develop and hone abilities which had been lurking around for ages, resulting in a very happy adult life and a hugely satisfying career. I hope this principle is as strongly embedded in the school’s ethos today as it was then, and that you too will enjoy the benefits that can follow.
Like all schools we had good teachers and, (as we might tactfully refer to them), those who were less good, but I learnt how to deal with this to my considerable advantage. I drained the good ones dry of their knowledge and skills (the ‘vampire’ technique), and picked over the good bits of the others (the ‘vulture’ method) – both in a metaphorical sense I hasten to add!! It worked well, and I have no reason to believe this approach would be less productive today than it was then.
Unlike you I am sure, I was a far from perfect student and, rather disgracefully, achieved an unenviable ‘first’ in being given a detention within days of arriving and another almost within days of leaving (best forget the ones in between)! But I was a contented student, and enjoyed the process of learning as I could see the long term purpose of it. And although middling in most subjects I did excel at mathematics and sport for which much credit must go to my skilled teachers Kathy Wimpenny and Mr Emsden (maths), and Dan Maddocks (physical education).
How important it is to have something – anything – which you can do particularly well or have specialist knowledge about. It is not only good for one’s self-esteem, but it is surprising the doors which then open later. I owe teachers like these, and others such as the wizard of the Physics lab Ernest Rimer, a great deal.
So finally we come to ‘the message’, which will hopefully assist you to make a flying start to your career. It does, naturally, relate to making the most of your education at the academy, and I offer it with the best of intentions in the form of seven tips:
Dr Wood is Vice Chancellor Emeritus and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bedfordshire, and Governor at The English-Speaking Union.
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