We have had the privilege of developing the minds of future generations of Lowestoft for over one hundred years. It is our ambition to ensure that our students understand their place on a local, national and global scale. As part of this, we provide opportunities for students to learn and demonstrate the values expressed by their country.
In Years 7 and 8, through Praxis and PSHE lessons, students are encouraged to reflect on who they are. Through our integrated humanities curriculum students also develop an understanding of the story of Britain and of the world around them.
In Year 9, through our PSHE programme, we help students to explore their obligations to their country in the form of politics, economics and charity. This course has been designed to respond to the issues that our students have asked for help with.
In all years, students are given opportunities to reflect on the key British values, as they are experienced within our academy, whether this is through our bespoke assembly programme or key speakers, or the high quality curriculum which has been tailored to the needs of our students.
The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at Ormiston Denes. Democratic processes are regularly used for important decisions within the school community, from selecting our student leadership representatives to having the final say in the colour of our new school uniform. The principle of democracy is also explored in the history and religious studies curriculum, as well as in form time and assemblies.
The rule of law:
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Ormiston Denes. Students are taught the rules and expectations of the school which are reinforced though consistent expectations, regular assemblies and the student code of conduct. Students are also taught the value and the reasons behind laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Our PSHE programme explicitly supports this and uses external speakers to reinforce our message.
Students are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Praxis lessons offer students space and freedom to discuss and debate current issues and world-influencing literature and ideas.
Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through e-safety and Form Time work.
Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith:
Respect is one of our three core values at Ormiston Denes. Students learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the academy community treat each other with respect and this is reiterated through its teaching and learning environments.
Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum by providing the opportunity for students to express their views in a safe environment through frank, open discussions in PSHE and Praxis lessons.
Tolerance is taught through equipping students with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving the opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community. Students benefit from a number of international visitors, including students from other continents and cultures. Additionally, students are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the school and celebrate festivities throughout the calendar year.
Throughout all elements of an Ormiston Denes education, we help students to: develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence; distinguish right from wrong and to respect English law; accept responsibility for their behaviour; show initiative and contribute positively to society; acquire a broad general knowledge of, and respect for, English public institutions and services; and appreciate and respect their own and other cultures.
Mr. W. Buisst
SMSC/British Values Co-ordinator
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. […]
Congratulations to former students of Ormiston Denes Academy Abbie and Emily who have received an offer to study English Literature at the University of Cambridge! Read the article here http://bit.ly/OrmistonDenesAlumniCambridge
Year 10 student Josh is a member of Southwold U15s Rugby Club squad. With some players out due to injury Josh has played up for the U16s and they have been competing in the Suffolk Plate Competition. The final was held on the 26th January 2020 which they won 40-7! As they had won all […]
Ormiston Denes Academy supported BBC Children in Need as one of the student council’s chosen charities.We had a fantastic day and it was great to see so many staff and students supporting this charity! Year 11 Charity Ambassador, Katy, brought a wonderful Pudsey Bear chocolate cake in, which was very kindly made and donated by […]