Physical education at Ormiston Denes Academy is centred around three areas: participation, through enjoyment; competition, teaching students to relish this and be successful; and providing students with the skills and knowledge they need to remain healthy and fit into their futures.
We seek to embed specific values which we believe will lead to success both in and beyond sport:
We are known within the area for our commitment to inclusivity and participation, consistently placing as the top school in the annual competition for regular participation and representation across a broad range of sports. Students are involved in a wide range of team and individual sports throughout the academic year, from the more traditional football, netball and athletics, to less well known games such as handball. Opportunities to represent the academy include fixtures across Ormiston and with local state and private schools. Details of our main fixtures can be found on our fixture list page.
To achieve excellence, we work with other local partners. We have a long established exclusive link with Norwich City Football Club (NCFC) through their Community Sports Foundation Scheme. This partnership enables us to provide our students with additional enrichment opportunities and brings extra support for our timetabled curriculum. We also receive visits from Norwich City players, such as defender Christoph Zimmermann. Lowestoft and Yarmouth Rugby Club provide specialist coaching for our rugby teams, enabling us to compete at a high level.
We also provide outreach for other local schools. Our student sports leaders’ work to organise sports coaching and tournaments for all of our feeder primaries, and we regularly host competitions between the local schools. In collaboration with NCFC we run an enterprise competition enabling our students to run charity events that raise money for local causes.
Sporting success is also achieved in the classroom. Our academic outcomes for sporting courses are amongst the highest in Ormiston Academies Trust and significantly above the national average. Uptake is good, as are students’ continuation into both academic and vocational level 3 qualifications post 16.
Finally, we ensure students are prepared for and engaged by lifelong health and fitness. All students take fitness as a module within their standard curriculum and we hold regular fitness competitions where improvement at all levels is celebrated.
Recognising this strength in participation, opportunities for competition, and focus on lifelong health, we were awarded SportsMark Gold. This is a national award scheme which rewards schools for their commitment to sport both within school and in the wider community. We are incredibly proud of the staff who lead on this initiative, but also all of our students, who consistently represent the academy with pride and respect.
Please view our Athletics Sports Records here
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