Welcome to Ormiston Denes Academy, north Lowestoft’s secondary school and the first choice academy for the majority of families in the local area. We offer a rigorous, traditional curriculum; supplemented by a broad choice from creative and performing arts, technology, and sport; all personalised to the strengths of individual students.
Every young person has the potential to achieve the highest grades in every subject that they study. By highest grades we mean a minimum of what was a Grade C, but for a substantial proportion of our students this target will be an A. Our mantra of “every student every subject” means that whilst English and mathematics are considered vital, we expect excellence in all curriculum areas, and set the highest standards for every individual student, regardless of their year group and whether they are aiming for a 5 or a 9.
Every young person has the potential to excel at something outside of their core lessons. Our gold standard enrichment programme, coupled with an extensive range of after school clubs, activities and trips, gives students the opportunity to explore a range of experiences outside of their main subjects; find something that they love, and pursue it.
As the largest academy in Lowestoft we are fortunate to be able to provide first-rate facilities across the curriculum. Our new arts centre, refurbished technology classrooms, 3G astroturf pitches and extensive ICT infrastructure are a few examples. However, providing an excellent environment for learning is just one of the aspects ensuring that students are able to focus on the core purpose of being in school; their education. In addition to our relentless focus on standards; our traditional house structure, dedicated Heads of House, and committed pastoral teams offer students the support they require and give parents a clear point of contact.
Providing the highest level of teaching and learning is the most important role of every staff member in the academy. Through staff training and selective recruitment we invest in ensuring that students are taught by experts in their field who are passionate about their subject. Part of this investment is in Lead Practitioners and Specialist Leaders in Education. Nationally recognised, these staff in mathematics, science, history, philosophy, technology, business and physical education lead and inspire the development of teaching and learning across the academy.
Being part of Ormiston Academies Trust provides us with immediate access to both a local and national network of academies. These include some of the top experts in education that we may call on at any time to support us in any area of our work; from preparing gifted and talented students applying for the top universities, to providing guidance on running residential trips abroad.
More importantly, being part of Ormiston means that the families of our students are joining a community. A community that will care for and support your child on their chosen path, with dedicated staff, who are committed to removing barriers to student’s success. We are a community that will place the safety, happiness and fulfilment of your child at the centre of all we do.
We choose to be an Ormiston academy because we passionately believe in the potential of every individual. I welcome you to join our community, and entrust us with the education and aspirations of your child.
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 […]
In May students in Year 10 visited the International Aviation Academy in Norwich. They climbed aboard a full-size Boeing 737-300 operational aeroplane and were later challenged to identify different parts of an aeroplane’s fuselage. They learnt that they can start training at 16 and progress to employment or the BSc (Hons) Professional Aviation Engineering Practice […]
Ormiston Denes Academy has hit the spotlight, with some of its students being given the unique chance of starring in a new film by renowned movie-makers Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis. The academy was selected to be one of the settings for the film, which is based around the Beatles. Fifty students at the academy […]
Ormiston Denes Academy has been praised for taking effective action after being told it requires improvement by Ofsted. The academy received a monitoring visit on June 20 after a full inspection in April last year when it was given the rating in all four key areas, including outcomes for pupils and quality of teaching. However […]
Students from Ormiston Denes Academy got the chance to experience the daily lives of their teachers as part of a new project. The Year 11 students were invited to take part in the Teacher Experience within the academy for six days over the last two weeks. A selection of Year 11 students who have an […]