At Ormiston Denes Academy, we are passionate about ensuring students leave us having fulfilled their potential in a broad range of subjects. As such, the curriculum we offer gives the balance of a wide curriculum base in Year 7 and 8 before allowing students to start to specialise in the subjects they enjoy the most in Year 9, whilst retaining academic rigour and providing them with a broad curriculum from which to choose their Year 10 option subjects. PSHE and SMSC are ingrained throughout the curriculum as well as having elements in the Skills for Learning section of registration.
Year 7 and 8 are organised so that all students cover a broad range of subjects. There is a standard core curriculum of English language and English literature, mathematics, science; biology, chemistry and physics; praxis, and physical education. Geography, history and philosophy are covered under the umbrella of humanities, and technology works on a rotation through design and technology, textiles with fashion design and catering. Finally, all students study three languages in Year 7 on a rotation through French, German and Spanish and make a selection for their language of choice in Year 8; although in year 8 some students may be withdrawn for additional literacy. Students have one period of enrichment a fortnight.
The curriculum in Year 9 begins to allow students to specialise in the subjects they enjoy the most, whilst retaining academic rigour and providing them with a broad curriculum. There is a standard core curriculum of English language and English literature, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, praxis and physical education. In addition, students select from their Year 7 and 8 courses, four option subjects to continue into Year 9, at least two of which will be EBacc* subjects. Students have one period of enrichment a fortnight.
Students in Year 10 continue the core curriculum of English language and English literature, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics and physical education. They now refine their options, following three or four subjects chosen from those they took in Year 9, plus specialist two year key stage 4 courses. At least one or two of their options will be an EBacc* subject, depending on students ability.
Students in Year 11 continue their curriculum from Year 10. As they selected three option subjects in Year 10, they will all opt for an additional specialist key stage 4 course. Some will also pick up extra qualifications such as ICT or finance.
|Subject||Year 7||Year 8||Year 9||Year 10||Year 11|
|PHSE and Praxis||1||1||2|
|Art and Design||2||2|
|Drama and Music||2||2|
|Humanities (Ge, Hi, RE)||6||5|
† The Physical Education lessons are timetabled during Period 5 on Fridays.
There has been a great deal of publicity recently about the changes to the National Curriculum, and GCSE courses in particular. A summary of these changes can be found here.
The EBacc is a measure of success in a range of academic subjects. To meet the EBacc measure, in addition to English, mathematics and two sciences, students need to pass geography or history and a language. Meeting these criteria does not gain students an additional qualification as such, therefore there is no requirement to take this exact selection of subjects. However, success in the EBacc subjects has been linked to a wider range of options at university for academic students.
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 […]
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 […]