Ormiston Denes Academy
|Principal||Mr Peter Marshall|
It is situated on Yarmouth Road, the A12. It is also home to a sports training centre open to the public.
The school was known as Lowestoft County Grammar School, and prior to that, Lowestoft Secondary School. The original building, built in 1909–1910 by Brown and Kerr, is a Grade II Listed Building. It is built in Queen Anne style and includes the main hall.
The school became a comprehensive in 1971 and was renamed The Denes High School. In September 2004 it was designated by the Department for Education and Skills as a specialist school as a Business and Enterprise College.
In September 2011 the school became an 11 to 16 school as part of the reorganisation of schools in Lowestoft by Suffolk County Council. Pupils in years 7 and 8 joined the school after the closure of eight middle schools in Lowestoft. The opening of Lowestoft Sixth Form College also meant that the school lost its role in the Lowestoft 6th consortium, which had operated as a shared sixth form between the high schools in the town.
After an Ofsted inspection the school has been placed in special measures.
The Denes High School
- Terry Butcher, Ipswich and England footballer
- Prof Jules Pretty OBE, Professor of Environment and Society since 2000 at the University of Essex
- Karl Theobald, actor and comedian
- Zeb Soanes, BBC Radio 4 Newsreader and Television Presenter
- Dannie Wright, Published Author and Comedian
- Sean Harris, actor
Lowestoft Grammar School
- Reginald Allerton CBE, President of the Institute of Housing from 1949 to 1950 and 1960-1
- Rosemary Ashe, actress/singer
- Willy Aspinall, Cabot Professor in Natural Hazards and Risk Science, Bristol University
- Sir Brian Bailey OBE, Chairman of Television South West (TSW) from 1980 to 1993 and President of the Hospital Caterers Association from 1987 to 2004
- Maurice Baker, Managing Director of Woolworths Ltd from 1967 to 1971
- Sir Tim Brighouse, Chief Adviser for London Schools at the DfES from 2003 to 2007
- James Campbell, Professor of Medieval History at the University of Oxford from 1996 to 2002
- John Edmonds CBE, Chief Executive of Railtrack plc from 1994 to 1997
- James Hoseason OBE, built up the Hoseasons travel company
- Andrew Marshall, screenwriter
- Maj-Gen John Milne CB, Colonel Commandant of the Royal Artillery from 2001-7
- Tony Palmer, film and theatre director
- David Porter, local Conservative MP for Waveney from 1987 to 1997
- Eddie Spearritt, Ipswich Town footballer
- Jack Strowger CBE, Managing Director of Thorn Electrical Industries from 1970-9 and Chairman of Hornby Hobbies from 1981 to 1993
- Suffolk County Council School Profile. Retrieved 13 November 2009.
- Denes High School, Lowestoft, British Listed Building. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
- "Specialist Schools Home". DfES. Retrieved 27 September 2007.
- Barker.D (2009) James Hoseason obituary, The Guardian, 7 December 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2011.
- Website of Ormiston Denes Academy
- Historic England. "Details from image database (391371 )". Images of England.