To enhance the feeling of community at Ormiston Denes Academy all students gather together for a formal weekly assembly. These assemblies are opportunities for us to reflect together, to celebrate together, and to share together. Delivered by a wide range of people including the senior team, other members of staff and carefully selected external visitors, assemblies cover a wide range of themes. We explore the values that underpin the academy – aspiration, integrity and respect. We address pertinent issues throughout the year, such as remembrance, holocaust memorial, British values, careers, mental health and environmental awareness. We look at aspects of health and safety, including safeguarding and online safety, the prevent agenda, healthy relationships and healthy eating. We share news and updates on all aspects of the academy curriculum, and we regularly hold additional rewards assemblies to celebrate students’ personal and collective successes and improvements.
Most of our assemblies are house assemblies, where students can reinforce their sense of belonging, and enjoy the element of competition with other houses. We also occasionally run year group assemblies so we can look together at specific themes that are age-specific.
Year 11 have weekly year group assemblies as well, to help maintain their motivation and inspiration through the year, and to ensure that they receive all the advice and support necessary, not just for academic success, but for future planning and for emotional and physical wellbeing during their final year. We are proud of the Make It Happen assemblies in year 11, where we invite special guest speakers to share experiences with students about their career paths or personal journeys. Through these we encourage independent thinking and careful consideration of post-16 choices for our students.
At the end of the Autumn and Summer terms we have assemblies for the whole academy. All staff and students unite to wish each other well, to reflect upon the past, to share successes, and to demonstrate a collective pride in Ormiston Denes Academy.
Mia, in Year 8 at Ormiston Denes Academy has recently had her second article published in the Association for PE’s journal. In the article Mia reflects on her transition from Year 6 into 7 and also during her first year at the academy. Read the full article here.
A 16-year-old who set up his own theatre company has taken a leap towards chasing his dream on GCSE results day. Casey Divall opened his results at Ormiston Denes Academy this morning to find a 9, three 8s, two 7s, one 6 and two distinctions. The teenager will now go on to study at Lowestoft […]
We are delighted to be a movie location for the forthcoming Danny Boyle/Richard Curtis movie Yesterday. Over 60 members of staff and students were featured in the filming, with our classroom locations and students already spotted in the trailer! We look forward to the movie’s worldwide release on Friday June 28th 2019. Watch the trailer […]
Thursday 2nd May sees the return of Ormiston Denes Academy’s STEM Spectacular featuring Marty Jopson, the BBC One Show’s resident science expert, and new for 2019 – Astronomy Planetarium System Dome. Tickets are FREE, but spaces are limited, so book now! Visit our STEM Spectacular 2019 page for more details.
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 […]