Ormiston Denes Academy

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Ormiston Denes Academy
Type Academy
Principal Ben Driver
Location Yarmouth Road
NR32 4AH
52°29′23″N 1°44′55″E / 52.489779°N 1.748652°E / 52.489779; 1.748652Coordinates: 52°29′23″N 1°44′55″E / 52.489779°N 1.748652°E / 52.489779; 1.748652
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16
Houses 4
Website ormistondenes.co.uk

Ormiston Denes Academy is a secondary school with academy status located in the northern outskirts of Lowestoft in the English county of Suffolk. It has around 1000 students aged 11 to 16.[1]

It is situated on Yarmouth Road, the A47. 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.[2] It is built in Queen Anne style and includes the main hall.[2]

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.[3]

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.

As The Denes High School, it was rated as 'Inadequate' in all four criteria following an Ofsted inspection in September 2012 and was placed into special measures.[4][5] The headteacher, Peter Marshall, who joined the school in October 2012,[4] led the conversion to academy status in 2013 as part of the Ormiston Academies Trust and the school was renamed Ormiston Denes Academy.[5] The school was taken out of special measures in March 2015 but saw little improvement in its examination results in 2016.[5] On 5 September 2016, Peter Marshall left the school after resigning to "explore other career opportunities closer to home".[6] He was replaced by Ben Driver as interim principal[5] until January 2017, when Mr. Driver was appointed principal.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]

The Denes High School[edit]

Lowestoft Grammar School[edit]


  1. ^ Suffolk County Council School Profile. Retrieved 13 November 2009.
  2. ^ a b Denes High School, Lowestoft, British Listed Building. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  3. ^ Specialist Schools Home, Department for Education and Skills. Retrieved 27 September 2007.
  4. ^ a b Carroll A (2012) Lowestoft high school placed on special measures, Eastern Daily Press, 30 November 2012. Retrieved 2016-09-05.
  5. ^ a b c d Papworth A (2016) New headteacher at Ormiston Denes Academy after principal quits, Lowestoft Journal, 5 September 2016. Retrieved 2016-09-05.
  6. ^ Quoted in Papworth A (2016) op. cit.
  7. ^ "New Principal appointed at Ormiston Denes Academy". www.ormistonacademiestrust.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-10. 
  8. ^ Professor John Bleby, veterinary surgeon - obituary, Daily Telegraph, 14 October 2015. Retrieved 2016-09-05.
  9. ^ Barker.D (2009) James Hoseason obituary, The Guardian, 7 December 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2011.

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