From Latin pastoralis ‘relating to shepherd’
Relating to or denoting a teacher’s responsibility for the general well-being of pupils or students – Oxford English Dictionary
We firmly believe that for students to achieve their full potential, they must feel safe, supported and challenged. We value the importance of providing the highest possible standards of student support, welfare and guidance, and consequently have invested in a broad and experienced team who are dedicated to supporting young people and their families to remove any barriers to learning they may face.
Furthermore, we understand that each student is unique, and Ormiston Denes Academy prides itself on respecting this individuality so that every student is able to find someone to discuss their questions, seek a particular piece of advice, or allay any concerns.
Central to this team is the form tutor, with whom students have daily contact, through morning form time, 1:1 academic target-setting and review meetings and also informally throughout the day around the academy. The form tutor is also a key point of contact between home and the academy, supported through the student planner, and supports the delivery of our personal development curriculum.
Leading the team of tutors and carrying overall strategic responsibility for the pastoral care and academic progress of our students is the head of year. This member of staff is supported by a pastoral manager, whose primary responsibility is to provide welfare and guidance support and respond to any concerns or queries either from students or parents, so that students can maintain their focus on learning and progress.
Each year group is overseen by a head of key stage, who is a member of the academy’s senior leadership team. Their role is to provide strategic leadership of standards across all areas relating to their year groups, including curriculum, behaviour, attendance and progress.
Working in collaboration with the year teams to ensure the highest standards of student wellbeing are a range of other professionals within the pastoral team. These include:
• Attendance officer – provides support to students and families to ensure our students attend and succeed in school.
• Raising achievement support team – provides specialist academic, social, emotional and mental health support.
• Safeguarding officer – liaises with staff, families and external organisations for all matters concerning child safeguarding.
• Academy counsellor – delivers focussed 1:1 sessions to support young people who are experiencing particular challenges.
• Academy nurse – delivers specialist health support and interventions.
From the structure of the year tutorial system and access to form tutors, to pastoral support staff and student leadership opportunities, the framework of pastoral care at Ormiston Denes ensures that at every stage, each student’s development is monitored and fully supported.
Year 7 students at Ormiston Denes Academy have found an exciting way of practising their language skills – by writing to royal families across Europe. The students made Christmas cards to send to the royal families last year as part of their language lessons and when we returned to in-school teaching, they were delighted to […]
Before the Easter holiday, students from Ormiston Denes Academy, supported by the #iwill project, filled and donated 100 bags to organisations in the local area. The Easter card was also designed by Mia in Year 9. Easter goody bags and cards were delivered to Topcats Charity, Outreach on the Streets, Harleston House and YMCA Childcare […]
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The theme this year for Anti- Bullying Week is “United Against Bullying” and all students at Ormiston Denes Academy will watch a virtual assembly during form time, to raise awareness. They will also be given a poster to create their own pledge against bullying, enabling us all to stand united against bullying. This poster will […]
To mark Remembrance Day, our remembrance ceremony was held during tutor time across Years 7-11. This provided all our students with a time to reflect and pay their respects to commemorate the servicemen and women from Britain and the Commonwealth who sacrificed their lives for our freedom, whilst remaining in their bubbles. Across the academy, […]
We are proud to have been awarded The Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk Award. The award recognises the service provided by the academy to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our new interactive school prospectus gives the information you need to find out why Ormiston Denes Academy should be your school of choice. Our unique QR codes will enhance your experience within each section.
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 […]