Ormiston Denes Academy
|Principal||Ben Driver (interim)|
Coordinates: 52°29′23″N 1°44′55″E / 52.489779°N 1.748652°E
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.
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. The headteacher, Peter Marshall, who joined the school in October 2012, led the conversion to academy status in 2013 as part of the Ormiston Academies Trust and the school was renamed Ormiston Denes Academy. The school was taken out of special measures in March 2015 but saw little improvement in its examination results in 2016. On 5 September 2016, Peter Marshall left the school after resigning to "explore other career opportunities closer to home". He was replaced by Ben Driver as interim headteacher.
The Denes High School
- Sean Harris, actor
- 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
Lowestoft Grammar School
- Reginald Allerton CBE, President from 1949-50 and 1960-61 of the Institute of Housing
- Rosemary Ashe, actress/singer
- Prof Willy Aspinall, Cabot Professor in Natural Hazards and Risk Science since 2009 at the University of Bristol
- Sir Brian Bailey OBE, Chairman from 1980-93 of Television South West (TSW) and President from 1987 to 2004 of the Hospital Caterers Association
- Maurice Baker, Managing Director from 1967-71 of Woolworths Ltd
- Dennis Barker, Guardian journalist
- Keith Beckett FREng, Vice President Engineering from 1982-97 of Pilkington PLC
- Prof John Bleby, vet
- Sir Tim Brighouse, Chief Adviser from 2003-07 for London Schools at the DfES
- Terry Butcher, Ipswich and England footballer
- James Campbell, Professor of Medieval History from 1996-2002 at the University of Oxford
- Claud Castleton VC
- John Edmonds CBE, Chief Executive from 1994-97 of Railtrack plc
- Barry Hartop, Chief Executive from 1994-97 of the Welsh Development Agency
- James Hoseason OBE, built up the Hoseasons travel company
- Andrew Marshall, screenwriter, who wrote and created 2point4 Children, wrote Radio 4's 1970s The Burkiss Way (with David Renwick), and was Douglas Adams' inspiration for the character Marvin in the The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
- Maj-Gen John Milne CB, Colonel Commandant from 2001-07 of the Royal Artillery
- Prof Brendan Neiland, artist
- Tony Palmer, film and theatre director
- David Porter, local Conservative MP from 1987-97 for Waveney
- Eddie Spearritt, Ipswich Town footballer
- Jack Strowger CBE, Managing Director from 1970-79 of Thorn Electrical Industries and Chairman from 1981 to 1993 of Hornby Hobbies
- Tony Wood, Vice-Chancellor from 1993-98 of the University of Luton, and Director from 1985-93 of the Luton College of Higher Education
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- Website of Ormiston Denes Academy
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