Assistant Principal, Raising Achievement
I have worked at the academy since Easter 2014, when I started as a Lead Practitioner for Science. In September 2016 I was promoted to Assistant Principal, which is the role I still hold. One of the best parts of working here is the constant availability of opportunities for people who wish to further their career. Since joining Ormiston Denes Academy I have become an SLE, Teaching Leaders Fellow and even had the opportunity to write an article for SecED magazine!
I am lucky enough to have a huge amount of variation in my role. As the Teaching and Learning Lead I was able to help improve the quality of learning our students received and introduce sustainable changes that underpin the high quality of lessons that take place every day. In September 2018 I moved to Assistant Principal for Raising Achievement which means I look closely at, and help raise the achievement of different groups around the academy. I have the pleasure of line managing the English department, which means I am constantly learning and drawing on skills learned from teaching leaders, my SLE role and my time as Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning.
Opportunities aside the staff, students and community of Ormiston Denes Academy, make it an exceptional place to work. Our students are courteous and kind, always holding doors open and being eager to help staff if they can. Staff in the academy are committed, supportive and professional, having developed incredible relationships with our students, helping them to reach outstanding outcomes.
Assistant Principal, Community and Engagement
I arrived at Ormiston Denes during the summer term of 2014 as Head of Physical Education. The academy was in special measures at the time, with lower than national average exam results. PE was not considered a strength of the school. I found the staff to be hardworking and willing to go the extra mile for the pupils, but there was disengagement in sporting areas.
Over five years of considerable progress and change, and with clear direction, leadership and an increased range of opportunities, the students responded positively to the array of changes that were brought in, to increase both student outcome and aspirations. I found the administrative and finance departments helpful, in supporting new ventures and exploring opportunities. All staff were on board with a positive attitude to driving improvement. Within a relatively short time, change was evident for student outcomes and sport now lies as a major strength at the academy. This highlights the passion and dedication of all staff in wanting to see the academy as the leading school in Lowestoft.
The CPD provided through Ormiston itself has allowed me to progress through my career with confidence. I have taken opportunities provided across the Ormiston MAP to visit and see outstanding practice in action, share excellence and network with colleagues on areas such as transition and trip planning. It is reassuring to have colleagues nationwide who can offer support and advice. The opportunities for sharing good practice, professional development and promotions, are renowned. The responsibilities I have are for departments and faculties, as well as the schools place in the community, including rewards, trips, student voice and transition with local primaries. These duties are wide and varying but make for exciting and rewarding days, where students make a significant contribution towards society and achieving personally and academically.
I would recommend Ormiston Denes Academy as a place to work and thrive, due to the commitment of staff, students and stakeholders in ensuring our reputation as a high quality educational provider at the heart of its community.
Assistant Principal, Literacy and Independant Learning
I started work at Ormiston Denes Academy in September 2011 as a recently qualified teacher. After an extremely short space of time I realised what a genuinely inspirational, vibrant and worthwhile place the establishment is. It is a truly rewarding place to work, in no small part due to the mix of positive students we have that contribute to our diverse learning community. The range of experiences, backgrounds, talents and abilities of the students dictates no day is ever the same, and their shared experiences, fostered by our motivated and inspiring staff, allow them to succeed in exciting new ways.
I have worked in a variety of roles in my time at the academy such Head of History, Summer School Co-ordinator, Head of Humanities and now in my current role as Assistant Principal for Literacy and Independent Learning. Within the Senior Leadership Team, we have a shared commitment to supporting staff development that leads to maximising student progress and achievement. This process has allowed me to develop personally and professionally, throughout my time at the academy, leading to potential future progression.
I would wholeheartedly recommend Ormiston Denes Academy as a fantastic place to work and thrive; the students are excellent, the staff are very supportive and the whole academy ethos is about improving the learning and life chances of our students on our journey to “outstanding”. So now is a fantastic time to join, to be part of the excitement at Ormiston Denes Academy.
Head of Philosophy and Ethics
I have been with Ormiston Denes Academy since finishing my training in 2011. I began as an NQT, and was given support and training that helped me to develop my teaching. In 2013, I was promoted to Head of Philosophy, and have held that role since. I have received a great deal of leadership training in my time here, and have been privileged to help the department win several national accolades in our time together, as a direct result of the commitment of my team and the support offered by the school. Ormiston Denes Academy has given me many opportunities, and supported me wholeheartedly in succeeding in them. It is an excellent place to start your teaching journey, and develop yourself wherever you are in your career.
Head of Art and Design
I arrived as a part-time teacher in 2003, soon after completing my NQT year. As a former pupil of the Denes High School, I became a teacher as a result of the positive experience of my own art education at the school. I had not intended to teach in the school I formerly attended but I have found this a really positive experience. Although I began as a part-time member of staff, I have progressed within the school and am now head of department.
As head of department, my responsibilities are not solely teaching and learning but include management of my team. I monitor progress and student attainment and ensure consistency within the department, with lesson observations and learning walks. In recent years we have worked as a team to improve student outcomes to above national average, for art and design and photography. I have been able to build a small but effective team of staff, with different specialisms and skills.
At Ormiston Denes Academy, arts education is incredibly valued and we are encouraged to teach in a way which reflects contemporary art practice and promotes our students independence. We encourage our students to explore a wide range of media and techniques, and have expanded the curriculum to include photography at GCSE. Above all, what makes my job fulfilling is working alongside people with the same passion and drive that I have. This is not something which could have been achieved alone.
Head of Business
I joined Ormiston Denes Academy in 2016 and soon became appointed as head of business, having improved student outcomes rapidly since my appointment.
The academy offers every staff member the opportunity to develop their own career pathways and there is full support from the senior leadership team. I am currently completing my NPQML through the academy and have recently entered my final year of development, through Ambition School Leadership, to support high-quality leadership and managerial practice.
Ormiston Denes is a vibrant academy to work within, which is rapidly improving across all areas.
Head of House, Inspire
My role in the academy is to have a strategic overview of academic progress, behaviour and attendance. I support all students within the academy, however specifically with those in Inspire House.
My role is part of a wider pastoral team. I oversee and organise specific intervention and support packages for individual students, so that they can achieve their best potential. I often liaise with external agencies and meet parents on a regular basis.
I love working at Ormiston Denes Academy as there is a real sense of community. Staff, students and parents work hard and always strive to do better. The school has a real heart, which is what I wanted to be a part of, when I very first came for an interview.
Teacher of English
Teaching at Ormiston Denes Academy has been an exciting and extremely rewarding experience. Being part of a supportive, hospitable and outstanding english department has not only enabled me to develop my pedagogy, but has shaped me into the teacher I aspire to be. Working within education has increased my self-belief and resilience and enabled me to understand the importance of supporting each other, as a team.
Teacher of Mathematics
Working at Ormiston Denes Academy is definitely a roller coaster of emotions. You want to be that one teacher that the young people will remember when they are older, and will put everything you have into building their skills, confidence and self-esteem. The students are incredible; they are fiercely loyal and have a great sense of humour. I can’t imagine teaching anywhere else, even when the going gets tough, there will always be someone to pick you back up again.
Teacher of Mathematics
As an NQT, I was apprehensive about where to start my teaching career. It soon became clear, however, that Ormiston Denes was the right school for me. The communication and support among staff within my department, within the pastoral team and across the whole school is fantastic, making the odd challenging day far easier! The students I teach are also incredibly loyal and want to impress, making lessons enjoyable and rewarding on a daily basis.
I joined Ormiston Denes Academy from my local middle school over eight years ago and am amazed at how quickly the time has gone.
My role as a Cover Co-ordinator is extremely busy but rewarding. When lessons are covered, there are high expectations that learning time is not lost and this is achieved through careful utilisation of our internal cover supervisors. I am responsible for their training and the quality of learning which takes place when they are required. Careful management of this team, including their well being, is essential to ensure we no longer use external agencies. No two days are ever the same!
I also oversee the logistics during exam season; re-rooming and staffing etc, which in itself is quite a pressurised undertaking, making sure that everything runs smoothly throughout the whole academy.
During the academic year there is also the possibility of covering a group in a certain subject for a prolonged period of time; thus giving you a full insight into how a particular department operates and gives you complete ownership of a group, which can be very rewarding.
The staff are supportive and appreciative of the effort and work we put into covering their lessons and this helps to make it a great place to work. The academy works constantly to make it a safe, positive learning environment for all of our students, and is always looking to move forward with new ideas and developments.
I am proud to be a part of it.
ICT Support Manager
I joined Ormiston Denes Academy in March 2005. I originally worked part time with our partner middle schools. More recently I have taken over responsibility for managing the ICT Support Team and the smooth running of our academy computer network. Ormiston Denes Academy has presented a number of opportunities for progression and promotion throughout my career. I have been supported and encouraged while undertaking a level 5 NVQ through the apprenticeship program operated at the academy. This excellent training, that has allowed me to enhance and extend my skills, is available to all members of staff.
Ormiston Denes Academy is a fantastic place to work. I am proud of the progress and improvements that have been made and am excited for the future, as a member of the Ormiston Denes community.
Operations and Systems Co-ordinator
I joined the academy in May 2013 and had no previous experience of working in a school environment. Although it was a huge culture change and an incredible amount to learn, I have no regrets and can now not ever imagine working in another sector. Ormiston Denes Academy has given me the opportunity to use my skills gained from previous roles and utilise them to help make changes and improvements to how we work here. The staff at Ormiston Denes Academy are always open to suggestion and keen to move forward and progress to becoming a better school and workplace.
Operational Support Assistant
The caring and kind nature of staff was noticeable the moment I stepped through the doors at Ormiston Denes Academy, for my interview nine years ago. The work we do is incredibly rewarding knowing that we are making a difference to the young people in the area that we live. Staff are positive and helpful and we all work together to deliver the ethos, visions and values of the academy. I enjoy my job and I feel valued for the work that I do.
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. […]