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.
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, […]