For any student to achieve their best and learn to their full potential it is essential that they have excellent attendance.
Full attendance (100%) is the standard expected. To support this attendance figures are reported to parents/carers regularly with good attendance being recognised appropriately. Any instances of unauthorised, prolonged and/or repeated absence are followed up by the attendance team. Where concerns are identified we work quickly with families to address any issues and support the student in returning to school.
If your feel your son/daughter is unable to come to school, please telephone the academy (01502 574474) as early as possible on the day and either ask for the attendance office or select the student absence option from the automated menu.
To safeguard students, please note that if we don’t hear from you and your son/daughter is absent, truancy call will automatically phone you.
Absence from school can only be authorised for the following reasons:
The academy operates a standard penalty notice system, whereby the parents of any student absent from school for 6 sessions (3 days) are referred to the Local Authority for a penalty notice (this includes holidays during school time). Please contact the academy attendance officer for further details.
If students must leave school during the day for any reason, they need a note from their parent/carer in advance of the date. Students must sign out at the student office where they will receive a ‘Pass out Slip’. They must sign in again when they return to school on the same day.
Under no circumstances may a student leave school or go home without permission. These absences will be recorded as unauthorised, with consequences issued in line with our behaviour and attendance policies.
Every school day counts towards a student’s future. Time off school quickly becomes lost learning.
Department for Education figures show that:
Punctuality is an important part of self-discipline and is essential to good time management.
Students must be on site by 8.45am, in order to be in registration by 8.50am. Students who arrive late will be met at the academy entrance by the Attendance Officers who will sign them in and provide them with a reflection sheet to complete at break time. Students arriving very late, after 9.05am will be given a same-day community reflection at lunch time.
The academy also operates a standard penalty notice system, whereby the parents of a student who is very late six times in a single academic year is referred to the Local Authority for a penalty notice. Please contact the academy attendance officer for further details.
Emergency or unforseen academy closure.
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 […]