At Ormiston Denes Academy, we are passionate about ensuring students leave us having fulfilled their potential in a broad range of subjects and have the opportunity to succeed at the highest level. As such, the curriculum we offer gives the balance of a wide curriculum base in KS3 before allowing students to specialise in the subjects they enjoy the most in Year 10. PSHE, RE and PE are ingrained throughout the five year curriculum.
The video below explains the process in more detail:
Key Stage 4 courses require a considerable amount of commitment of all aspects of study both in school and at home. It is therefore important to be fully aware of the expectations of each course when making a choice.
Please view the Options Choice Booklet below:
All students will need to select their choices for the courses they will study throughout the whole of Year 10 and Year 11. Each student will study:
In November 2010 the Department for Education launched the government’s ‘The Importance of Teaching – The Schools White Paper 2010’. This document set out the future strategic vision for education in this country and one key aspect of this vision was the introduction of a new certification for students at 16 years called the ‘English Baccalaureate.’ This is not a qualification, but recognition of students attaining the set of requirements.
The English Baccalaureate is designed to encourage schools to offer a broad set of academic subjects and recognises students who secure good GCSE passes in English, mathematics, the sciences, a modern or ancient foreign language and a humanity such as history or geography.
According to the DFE’s website:
The EBacc is made up of the subjects which are considered essential to many degrees and open up lots of doors.
Research shows that a pupil’s socio-economic background impacts the subjects they choose at GCSE, and that this determines their opportunities beyond school.
Ormiston Denes Academy will ensure that the curriculum suits the needs of all students and offers a personalised curriculum enabling them to achieve success. We recognise that the English Baccalaureate is an important part of students’ progression to higher education and have ensured our curriculum provides the opportunity to achieve this qualification set.
We also want to give all students access to a broad and balanced curriculum. We continue to value creative and technical subjects and have ensured our curriculum continues to allow opportunities for students to develop a wide range of interests and talents. We remain committed to enabling a range of clubs and opportunities for those who choose not to pursue creative options at KS4 but have an interest in these that they wish to continue to develop.
Selecting your options is an important part of your journey at the academy. When choosing your subjects you should seek advice from a range of people including your subject teachers, your form tutor, the SEN team (if relevant), your parents/carers and any careers advice you may need from Mrs Richings and career and guidance websites.
As part of the options process, we aim to give all students a breadth of knowledge and support, providing:
This time is an opportunity for you to explore your interests, prepare for your future and explore potential study paths and careers that are your ticket to the next stage in your life.
You should pick subjects based on your interests and passions and think about how you can use that subject in the future, remember the KS4 taster sessions will give you an idea of where the subject can take you in the future.
Make sure you read through the options booklet thoroughly with your parents/carers and make informed decisions about your future.
Who can help me with careers?
Mrs Richings will support you with information regarding careers:
Who should I ask about the course I want to take?
You should ask the subject leader (found on each subject page) or your class teacher for that subject.
Who should I ask for more information about the options process?
Ask your form tutor or Mrs Gardiner: firstname.lastname@example.org
▪ Read about all the courses that you could choose from in this booklet.
▪ Explore careers and what qualifications you will need.
You can start with https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/ where you can chat online to an impartial career advisor.
▪ Which subjects particularly interest you?
▪ Where do your strengths and weaknesses lie?
▪ What study skills might you need for some subjects?
▪ Which subjects do your teachers recommend that you take?
▪ What ideas about your future career do you have at present?
When you have gathered all your information and discussed your thoughts with your parents/carer, your form tutor and the appropriate staff, you are ready to make your decision.
Some tips: Some subjects may have special requirements: e.g. Hospitality and catering you will need ingredients. In performing arts you may need to take part in rehearsals and performances outside of the academy day and will need to perform in front of your peers and larger audiences.
Don’t choose a subject just because you like the teacher: it may be that you will not have the same teacher next year. Likewise do not be put off a subject because you do not get on well with your present teacher.
Make your own choices; don’t just follow a friend.
We ask you to select preferences; we will use this information alongside your current grades and discussion with your teachers to place you in suitable subjects to help you achieve your best.
Your choices need to fit into the following option blocks. Remember, you will need to take at least one EBacc. Subject (these have an * beside their name), but it does not matter which block it appears in.
This year, Her Majesty the Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth. To celebrate this unprecedented anniversary, various events have been taking place in the academy, and this morning staff and students came together […]
The canteen staff have prepared some Platinum Jubilee treats for the street party on the field today! At lunchtime, students will get the chance to enjoy Victoria sponge muffins, jammie shortbread crowns and cheese and fruit mini scones and also enjoy a variety of games!
Ormiston Denes Academy students are delighted to be presenting a cheque to the Norfolk LGBT+ Project after their fundraising production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream .The PRIDE production, the first ever held at the academy, was entirely run by students and audiences made a charitable donation in exchange for their tickets. A total of £150 […]
Save the date! Saturday 16th July 2022 11.00am – 2.30pm. We can’t wait for the return of our summer fete this year and welcome you all to join us! Free entry and fun, for family and friends! There will be lots happening on the day… • Live performances. • Workshops. • Exhibitions. • Refreshments. • […]
Our Eco Council are participating in the national The Big Plastic Count next week. We have bins in school for students to put their used plastics in, and we would also encourage you to take part at home. Full details are on student’s Personal Development Google Classrooms, and tally sheets can be collected from Mrs […]
Today, 12th May is Celebrating Women In Maths Day. We are celebrating as we have some fabulous maths leaders at Ormiston Denes Academy.
Calling all former students! To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we are opening our doors to any alumni who studied at our school at any time since our Queen succeeded to the throne on 6th February 1952, on the death of her father, King George VI. We’d love you to join us on Thursday 26th […]
After meeting with Sally from Get Suffolk Reading, a National Literacy Trust project running in Lowestoft, we have very kindly been donated a large number of books on a range of topics including, equality and diversity and LGBTQ, kindness journals and a large supply of Marcus Rashford’s book “You are a Champion, how to be […]
Ormiston Denes Academy sends good luck wishes to all Year 6 students who are taking their SATs next week. We are also looking forward to meeting all the students and their families who are coming to us later this year!