PSHE at Ormiston Denes is delivered through a variety of channels. From our dedicated Skills for Learning programme to our external providers, there are multiple routes through which we support students as they explore their PSHE development from their first day in Year 7, to their last day in Year 11.
The foundations of our PSHE curriculum are delivered through Skills for Learning which takes place in two 20-minute form time sessions each week. Skills for Learning follows a personalised programme for each year group, linking into themed assemblies throughout the year.
Students in Years 7 to 9 also receive bespoke PSHE lessons as part of praxis. This is delivered through one lesson a fortnight with a focus on students’ cultural and personal development. Enrichment lessons, also once a fortnight, allow students the opportunity to explore a variety of activities, many of which link with the core aims of the PSHE curriculum.
Science and physical education take responsibility for delivering the majority of the health curriculum, although where appropriate this is supported by external visitors from a range of organisations. All students cover the basics of economic wellbeing through the Skills for Learning programme in Years 7 to 10, and some students go on to study economics in more depth through the completion of an optional finance qualification in Year 11.
In addition to the standard curriculum we take every opportunity to work with external companies and charities to provide additional high-quality support. These visitors provide a range of activities from assemblies and lunch time sessions, to half-days off timetable for seminars on specific areas of the curriculum. Visitors this year have included officers from the emergency services, local business leaders and entrepreneurs, and Hollywood actors. We also work extensively with the University of East Anglia and Norwich University of the Arts to raise the aspirations of students through programmes such as Brilliant Club and the #takeyourplaceHE initiative.
Ensuring successful futures for all of our students is an essential aim of our PSHE delivery. As part of this we employ a full-time careers officer who oversees the different elements of careers education throughout the academy, ensuring that by the time they leave, every student is fully prepared and appropriately placed not just for their immediate next steps, but life beyond formal education.
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 […]