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.
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 […]
Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised from the 5p carrier bag levy in Tesco stores is being used to fund thousands of community projects across the UK. The projects must meet the criteria of promoting community participation in the development and use of outdoor spaces. Ormiston Denes Academy’s […]
Ormiston Denes Academy is delighted to share that the academy’s Year 11 students have achieved the highest set of results on record, with outstanding success in both English and mathematics. The percentage of students who gained a good pass in both subjects increased to 53% – up 20 percentage points on last year. Progress across […]
Students and staff raised a massive £3,017.52 for Cancer Research UK during a week-long programme of events held at the academy. Having listened to our student voice, the student leadership team made the decision to support Cancer Research UK, as the disease had touched many of their lives, encouraging them to offer their own support. […]