From Latin pastoralis ‘relating to shepherd’
Relating to or denoting a teacher’s responsibility for the general well-being of pupils or students – Oxford English Dictionary
We firmly believe that for students to achieve their full potential, they must feel safe, supported and challenged. We value the importance of providing the highest possible standards of student support, welfare and guidance, and consequently have invested in a broad and experienced team who are dedicated to supporting young people and their families to remove any barriers to learning they may face.
Furthermore, we understand that each student is unique, and Ormiston Denes Academy prides itself on respecting this individuality so that every student is able to find someone to discuss their questions, seek a particular piece of advice, or allay any concerns.
Central to this team is the form tutor, with whom students have daily contact, through morning form time, 1:1 academic target-setting and review meetings and also informally throughout the day around the academy. The form tutor is also a key point of contact between home and the academy, supported through the student planner, and supports the delivery of our personal development curriculum.
Leading the team of tutors and carrying overall strategic responsibility for the pastoral care and academic progress of our students is the head of year. This member of staff is supported by a pastoral manager, whose primary responsibility is to provide welfare and guidance support and respond to any concerns or queries either from students or parents, so that students can maintain their focus on learning and progress.
Each year group is overseen by a head of key stage, who is a member of the academy’s senior leadership team. Their role is to provide strategic leadership of standards across all areas relating to their year groups, including curriculum, behaviour, attendance and progress.
Working in collaboration with the year teams to ensure the highest standards of student wellbeing are a range of other professionals within the pastoral team. These include:
• Attendance officer – provides support to students and families to ensure our students attend and succeed in school.
• Raising achievement support team – provides specialist academic, social, emotional and mental health support.
• Safeguarding officer – liaises with staff, families and external organisations for all matters concerning child safeguarding.
• Academy counsellor – delivers focussed 1:1 sessions to support young people who are experiencing particular challenges.
• Academy nurse – delivers specialist health support and interventions.
From the structure of the year tutorial system and access to form tutors, to pastoral support staff and student leadership opportunities, the framework of pastoral care at Ormiston Denes ensures that at every stage, each student’s development is monitored and fully supported.
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!