For any student to achieve their best and learn to their full potential it is essential that they have excellent attendance.
Full attendance (100%) is the standard expected. To support this, attendance figures are reported to parents/carers regularly with good attendance being recognised appropriately. Any instances of unauthorised, prolonged and/or repeated absence are followed up by the attendance team. Where concerns are identified we work quickly with families to address any issues and support the student in returning to school.
Guidance for parents where absence cannot be avoided
If you feel your son/daughter is unable to come to school, please telephone the academy (01502 574474) as early as possible on the day and either ask for the attendance office or select the student absence option from the automated menu.
To safeguard students, please note that if we don’t hear from you and your son/daughter is absent, Truancy Call will automatically phone you.
Absence from school can only be authorised for the following reasons:
The academy operates a standard penalty notice system, whereby the parents of any student absent from school for 6 sessions (3 days) are referred to the local authority for a penalty notice (this includes holidays during school time). Please contact the academy attendance officer for further details.
If students must leave school during the day for any reason, they need a note from their parent/carer in advance of the date. Students must sign out at the student office where they will receive a ‘Pass out Slip’. They must sign in again when they return to school on the same day.
Under no circumstances may a student leave school or go home without permission. These absences will be recorded as unauthorised, with consequences issued in line with our behaviour and attendance policies.
The impact of absence
Every school day counts towards a student’s future. Time off school quickly becomes lost learning.
Department for Education figures show that:
Punctuality is an important part of self-discipline and is essential to good time management.
Students must be on site by 8.45am, in order to be in registration by 8.50am. Students who arrive late will be met at the academy entrance by the attendance officers who will sign them in and provide them with a reflection sheet to complete at break time. Students arriving very late, after 9.05am will be given a same-day community reflection at lunch time.
The academy also operates a standard penalty notice system, whereby the parents of a student who is very late six times in a single academic year is referred to the local authority for a penalty notice. Please contact the academy attendance officer for further details.
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!