To continue our alumni articles, we recently caught up with former student Liam Jackson who was a student at The Denes from 2009–2012. Liam studied history media studies and OCR ICT. Liam left The Denes to continue his studies at Lowestoft College.
Liam told us that he loved his time here.
“It was the first time in education that I could think for myself and really engage with what I liked and what I didn’t like, and all the teachers were very accommodating with this (mentioning a few names: Miss Costello as form tutor, helping me every step of the way and taking a real interest in everyone’s wellbeing, Mr Turk for pushing me to achieve, Mr Hargreaves for bringing out my love of history – which led me to do it at A Level and university along with Politics; without his engagement I never would have taken it up. Mr Morris for being a cool guy that always made me laugh, while giving me an important lesson in media, question things and delve deeper) to name just a few. Oh, and the dinner ladies were always hilarious!”
Liam recently became a Member of Youth Parliament for Waveney – a wonderful achievement. He said: “I am passionate about making change throughout society, and one day I hope I can achieve this wherever the opportunity will arise. At the moment I’m trying to do this on a small scale by being the MYP (Member of Youth Parliament) for Waveney, where I represent the youth (probably you, reading this).
“So far, I have done this through attending events such as the Lowestoft Conference, which focused on the future of the town. I have been in contact with Peter Aldous MP to talk about youth issues and future joint surgeries. There have been multiple events which involved me and other MYPs coming together to solidify campaign objectives and results.
“Our two main campaigns at the time of writing are the Votes at 16 campaign, which is coming on leaps and bounds in becoming a reality, and the second which is attached to this is the Make Your Mark campaign, which sends ballot papers around schools on which students and young people vote for the most important issue to them. These will then be put forward into the national manifesto.
“The role is always changing with new challenges and problems to be dealt with. This is why it is a fantastic role!”
Having gained his A Levels at college, Liam has just moved on to Warwick University where he will be studying history and politics. Liam said: “The Denes really gave me the environment to make me enjoy those two areas of study. If you’re choosing your GCSE options do what you enjoy, not what you’re good at. You’d hate being stuck in a job you wish you never took up.”
We send our best wishes to Liam and hope he is very happy at Warwick University.
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. […]