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.
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 […]