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.
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 […]
Students from Ormiston Denes Academy got the chance to experience the daily lives of their teachers as part of a new project. The Year 11 students were invited to take part in the Teacher Experience within the academy for six days over the last two weeks. A selection of Year 11 students who have an […]
Budding performers had their time to shine at a sixth form’s annual extravaganza. Lowestoft Sixth Form College (L6FC) staged its two-night Performance Showcase on March 21 and 22, treating audiences to a feast of dance, drama and musical theatre. The college’s performing arts students were joined on stage by pupils from Beccles Free School, Ormiston […]
Pupils and staff from Ormiston Denes Academy offered some Easter cheer to those in need with two charitable events at the school. The school has collected food items for the Lowestoft Food Bank, run by staff and volunteers at Lowestoft Community Church, each Christmas. This week, however, the school asked staff and students to donate […]
Following on from the Pride celebration, the academy hosted two more successful events last week – a spelling bee and a visit from a group of Polish students. The spelling bee, on Monday, March 12, saw primary school pupils from across the region take part in heats and finals, with students from Ormiston Denes Academy […]
Ormiston Denes Academy celebrated LGBTQ+ people with their second annual Pride event. The event at the Lowestoft school on Friday, March 16, was organised by students of the school and was supported by local support services for young people, offering advice, information and support to all of the academy’s students. Organisations and institutions in attendance […]
Talented young people from across Waveney will join forces to present a popular musical next month. The B&B Young People’s Theatre Group gives singers, dancers and actors aged between six and 24 the opportunity to star in a full-scale stage production to packed audiences. The group’s latest production – Singin’ in the Rain – will […]
Students from across Lowestoft have been honoured once more during a prestigious annual awards evening. The Rotary Club of Lowestoft held their annual Michael Marriott Rotary Youth Awards event last week. The event was founded 12 years ago by the late Michael Marriott – a former club president and local headteacher. Throughout the past decade, […]