I would like to open by saying how privileged I feel to be leading Ormiston Denes Academy. Whilst everyone who works in education inevitably has the same aims, the fact is that every school is different. Wherever you look around the country you will see mottos and statements. Of course, these are important but as a parent I was always looking to see how they translated into actions and how they influenced the culture and ethos of a school.
During my time in education I have been fortunate to work in several schools around the country especially during the last couple of years. Schools learn a lot from each other and that is why we benefit from our close collaboration with other Ormiston schools especially in the Eastern region.
When I am asked about my approach as a Principal the answer is very simple; what would I want for my own two boys. It is this that drives my values and beliefs and greatly influences my decision making. Whilst they are now young adults, those values are so deep within me it will come as no surprise for them both to read this and hear me say it continually to anyone who asks. It has been no different since the day they were born. Their success in school was based on being cared for, being supported, being challenged and developing the confidence and resilience that we all need in life. However, the balance of these different components has to be just right, and whilst the emphasis will vary from day to day and, indeed, hour by hour, if we work together as a team – parents and carers and school – we can achieve the most amazing things for your child.
I am incredibly proud of my boys and see family, whatever its make-up, as being at the centre of life. Our aim is for Ormiston Denes to be a family where we have high expectations in everything we do.
A 16-year-old who set up his own theatre company has taken a leap towards chasing his dream on GCSE results day. Casey Divall opened his results at Ormiston Denes Academy this morning to find a 9, three 8s, two 7s, one 6 and two distinctions. The teenager will now go on to study at Lowestoft […]
We are delighted to be a movie location for the forthcoming Danny Boyle/Richard Curtis movie Yesterday. Over 60 members of staff and students were featured in the filming, with our classroom locations and students already spotted in the trailer! We look forward to the movie’s worldwide release on Friday June 28th 2019. Watch the trailer […]
Thursday 2nd May sees the return of Ormiston Denes Academy’s STEM Spectacular featuring Marty Jopson, the BBC One Show’s resident science expert, and new for 2019 – Astronomy Planetarium System Dome. Tickets are FREE, but spaces are limited, so book now! Visit our STEM Spectacular 2019 page for more details.
Ormiston Denes Academy students and staff visited the offices of Accenture in London recently and were given “a real insight” into what it would be like working at a leading management consulting firm during a special visit. With 31 Year 10 students from the Lowestoft high school greeted by employees from the global management consulting […]
Festive fever has spread across Lowestoft as residents got into the Christmas spirit at the town’s switch-on on Saturday afternoon. Not even the weather or a temporary tree light failure could put a damper on the festivities which culminated in the big Christmas lights switch-on. The lights in the town centre were switched on by […]
A clifftop ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War attracted a fine turnout as a “very moving” community event was held. An estimated crowd of more than 500 people turned out on Pakefield Cliffs on Sunday, November 11. Those present saw the beacon lit as the bells tolled to […]
Interactive workshops have helped to inspire the “next generation of engineers and scientists.” A “hands-on science roadshow” has rolled into Lowestoft as a series of wind power and engineering workshops take centre stage. Using coding to make traffic lights turn green, assembling an arch bridge, looking at how energy is generated and hearing about what […]
A popular exhibition was hailed as a “roaring success” as record numbers descended on Lowestoft. The fifth annual Lowestoft model engineering and model making exhibition was held at Ormiston Denes Academy over the weekend, with a diverse range of exhibits inspiring people of all ages. The exhibition, organised by the Halesworth & District Model Engineering […]
An academy trust which educates thousands of children across the region has secured a £2m funding boost to develop social action projects. Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) will receive the money through the #iwill Fund to ensure pupils engage in meaningful youth social action and develop social, emotional and life skills. The trust has numerous academies […]
An education charity which supports school governors is launching a new campaign in Suffolk to encourage more people to take up the role. The Governor Stories campaign is being launched at Quay Place in Ipswich on October 9 by charity Governors for Schools, with the aim of inspiring people to consider joining their local school’s […]
It was another day of celebration for young people who found out the results of the toughest exams of their school careers so far. Students across Lowestoft and Southwold were greeted with good news as schools continued their upward progress despite fears that exam grade changes would prove a setback. At Ormiston Denes Academy it […]
Ormiston Denes Academy was celebrating this week after being honoured with a national Quality in Careers award, recognising the outstanding careers advice it provides to its students. Credited by Prospects, the academy has achieved the highest, Gold-level accreditation, which is part of the Quality in Careers Standard award programme. The standard is awarded to schools […]