We have had the privilege of developing the minds of future generations of Lowestoft for over one hundred
years. It is our ambition to ensure that our students understand their place on a local, national and global scale.
As part of this, we provide opportunities for students to learn and demonstrate the values expressed by their
In Year 7 and 8, through Religious Studies and PSHE lessons, students are encouraged to reflect on who they
are. Through our integrated humanities curriculum, students also develop an understanding of the story of
Britain and of the world around them.
In Year 9, through our PSHE programme, we help students to explore their obligations to their country in the
form of politics, economics and charity. This course has been designed to respond to the issues that our students
have asked for help with.
In all years, students are given opportunities to reflect on the key British values, as they are experienced within
our academy, whether this is through our bespoke assembly programme or form time programme, enrichment
offer or key speakers, or the high quality curriculum which has been tailored to the needs of our students.
The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at Ormiston Denes. Democratic
processes are regularly used for important decisions within the school community, from selecting our student
leadership representatives to having the final say in the colour of our new school uniform. The principle of
democracy is also explored in the history and religious studies curriculum, as well as in form time and
The rule of law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country,
are consistently reinforced at Ormiston Denes. Students are taught the rules and expectations of the school
which are reinforced through consistent expectations, regular assemblies and the student code of conduct.
Students are also taught the value and the reasons behind laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities
that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Our PSHE programme explicitly supports this and
uses external speakers to reinforce our message.
Students are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they
are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. PSHE lessons offer students space and freedom to discuss
and debate current issues and world-influencing literature and ideas.
Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised
on how to exercise these safely, for example through digital safeguarding (online safety) and form time work.
Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith:
Respect is one of our three core values at Ormiston Denes. Students learn that their behaviour has an effect on
their own rights and those of others. All members of the academy community treat each other with respect and
this is reiterated through its teaching and learning environments.
Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum by providing the opportunity for students to express
their views in a safe environment through frank, open discussions in PSHE and Religious Studies.
Tolerance is taught through equipping students with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse
society and by giving the opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community. Students
benefit from a number of international visitors, including students from other continents and cultures.
Additionally, students are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the school and celebrate
festivities throughout the calendar year.
Throughout all elements of an Ormiston Denes education, we help students to: develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence; distinguish right from wrong and to respect English law; accept
responsibility for their behaviour; show initiative and contribute positively to society; acquire a broad general
knowledge of, and respect for, English public institutions and services; and appreciate and respect their own and
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!