Enrichment at Ormiston Denes Academy is about enhancing opportunities for our students to develop themselves beyond what is required of them by the national curriculum and motivate them to enjoy new forms of learning.

Through the wealth of activities on offer we ensure that every student has the opportunity to discover and develop existing and new talents and interests as well as reminding them that learning can be fun.

Enrichment is about balancing the learning experience of the ‘whole child’, ensuring that our students not only perform well academically but that they improve their independent learning skills so that when they leave the academy they do so with the ability to enjoy and continue their learning journey.

Enrichment is about equipping our students for the future.

Enrichment Coordinator

Enrichment is coordinated by Mr M Armstrong and run collectively by both staff and students. To contact us at Ormiston Denes Academy about our enrichment programme please email [email protected].

Lunchtime and after school clubs and activities

We run an extensive range of lunchtime and after-school enrichment activities for students to choose from. Students can just turn up to clubs – no need to book. 

Ormiston Denes Academy students are encouraged to participate in as many clubs and activities as possible. This is both to broaden experiences – providing students with additional opportunities to discover something new, and to strengthen understanding – spending additional time on a subject they are interested in or need extra support with.

We are always reviewing and updating our clubs and activities offer, so please feedback to us with any further opportunities you would like to be considered.

Our Autumn 2023 activities can be viewed below.

OAT has its own charter: OAT Enrichment Charter  and we are now working with staff, governors and students to adapt this to meet the needs and priorities for all students at our academy, to ensure a range of opportunities and experiences for every one of our students over their five year journey with us. We aim to ensure that the enrichment offer compliments curriculum delivery and enables students to develop their social, emotional, employability and life skills. Once agreed, our academy enrichment charter will be available to view here.

Work Experience 2023

We hope that you have seen and read through the work experience packs that were sent home with Year 10 students at the beginning of March. Please also see copies of these below.

Once a student has sourced their placement, the self placement form needs to be completed by the business, parent and student (as shown on the form). We are encouraging students to find their own placement this year. Work experience is an important element of their secondary education and an opportunity to experience the world of work for the first time in most cases.

Students not having found a placement will remain in school during the course of work experience week, on a bespoke learning package. The Year 10 team and Mrs Richings are available for any advice and guidance to students.

If you have any questions about the academy’s work experience, please contact Mrs Julie Richings, Transition and Co-curriculum Projects Manager on [email protected], 01502 509927 or contact us here.