To continue our series of alumni articles, we have been in touch with Rachel Winfield who is currently in her second year at the University of Essex, studying for a BSc in Mathematics with Economics. Rachel attended The Denes High School from 2007–10 and has fond memories of her time here.
Rachel told us:
“The school is very close to my heart simply because of the amount I achieved there with the help of all the staff. It was very sad to say goodbye to the school and to move on with my education, but I’ll always remember the Denes in a positive light because for me there were never any negative moments!
“Although I was a very academic student, I really loved acting so took it as an option for my GCSEs. Both Mrs Dores and Miss Simons were really encouraging and taught me a lot over the course, and I am thankful to them both. Performing in The Wizard of Oz in 2009 was also a lot of fun – it was nice to switch off a bit from the strains of school work and simply perform, not have to worry too much and just have fun.
“School trips also brought a lot of laughs – my friends and I still reminisce about them. Miss Smith and Mr Harrod were brave enough to take a group of us to Spain. I remember the boys trying to woo some local Spanish girls from across the balcony (it didn’t work!). Also the History trip which saw Mr Hargreaves Ice Skating was pretty entertaining.
“Currently I’m in my final year of a Maths with Economics degree. It was always on the cards for me to study maths just because I enjoyed it and was good at it during school. It’s only within the last year which I’ve realised the area of maths I enjoy the most, and I think it all started with a Statistics project back in Mrs Thompson’s year 10 class! Hopefully this time next year I will have started my career working with big data and applied statistics. I’ve just finished a summer internship in a similar role and I really enjoyed it, so am now confident this is what I want to do. It’s very scary to think that after all of these years in education it’s nearly over – there is light at the end of the tunnel, keep going!
“If I were to give a piece of advice to the students reading this, it would be that you should never doubt yourself or your ability to succeed in whatever you want to do in life. We all have knockbacks in life and sometimes we don’t all make the grades on paper, but if you can say to yourself that you put in effort and worked your hardest then that counts for a lot. Also, really cherish the time you have left at school and make the most of all the opportunities that come your way. It will help to shape your skill set and stand you in really good stead for the future.”
Our congratulations go to Rachel who has just received her BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Economics with First Class Honours from the University of Essex. This photograph shows her presentation by Shami Chakrabarti, Chancellor of the University and Director of Liberty.
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. […]