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.
In addition to belonging to a form group, comprised of students in the same year group, every student also belongs to one of four houses. This enables us to foster an inclusive community ethos throughout the academy, enabling older students to take a responsible role – providing guidance for the attitude and behaviour of younger students, whilst also ensuring age-specific personal and social education is delivered by specialist staff.
Leading the team of tutors and carrying overall strategic responsibility for the pastoral care and academic progress of our students is the Head of House. This member of staff is supported by a Pastoral Support Officer (PSO), whose primary responsibility is to provide pastoral care and respond to any concerns or queries either from students or parents, so that students can maintain their focus on learning and progress. In addition, PSOs have a specific responsibility to remove barriers to progression for a defined group of students and will work very closely with a small number of students who need some additional support.
Working in collaboration with the house teams to ensure the highest standards of student wellbeing are a range of other professionals within the pastoral team. These include:
From the structure of the house tutorial system, to the informal access to form tutors, pastoral support staff or senior students, the framework of pastoral care at Ormiston Denes ensures that at every stage, each student’s development is monitored and fully supported.
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 […]