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Ormiston Denes AcademySuffolk


A rare and exciting opportunity has arisen at Ormiston Denes Academy. We have started our search for a Principal to join us in September 2021. The position would be perfect for an existing Principal or an experienced Deputy Headteacher looking to take the next step in their journey.

About our school:

Ormiston Denes Academy is a vibrant and caring learning community located in northern Lowestoft, a thriving coastal town in the English county of Suffolk, less than 45 minutes commute by car from Norwich. It is an average, but growing, 11–16 co-educational academy with approximately 820 students. It’s one of the most historic schools in the area, home to a sports training centre, and sits proudly near an award-winning beach. The majority of the academy’s students live in the neighbouring communities and are primarily fed from one of the eleven primaries, making the school their first choice.

Ormiston Denes Academy offers a broad and balanced curriculum catering for all year groups, as well as a wide range of extracurricular activities; through sports and arts, STEM and music, social action student projects through #iwill, to leadership and adventure within the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme. We aim to cater for the widest possible range of students’ differing interests and all are encouraged to get involved and enjoy this extra dimension of their work at Denes.

About the role:

As our Principal, you will have direct responsibility for the day to day operation of the school and be instrumental in making a significant difference to the lives of our young people. You will be a strong leader and role model, ensuring sustained exceptional educational provision and high expectations for all pupils at The Denes. Working closely with the Regional Director, you will create and implement a plan for the strategic direction and development of the school, guiding the academy on its journey to ‘exceptional’. You will benefit from the support of an extremely committed body of staff, a well established regional network of OAT schools locally and unparalleled support from an extremely experienced central Executive Team.

Please find extra detail regarding responsibilities in our Applicant Information Pack.

About OAT:

Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) is a leading, not-for-profit, multi-academy trust which has been sponsoring primary and secondary academies across the country since 2009, and which champions the academic achievement and all-round development of the 30,000 young people it serves. OAT’s vision is to provide students with access to the highest academic, social and practical skills required to achieve their full potential. Working across the country in 40 academies, OAT is determined to become the Trust that makes the biggest difference, both inside and outside the classroom. It has always tackled the toughest challenges in education and is now moving to the next level, so that even more children and young people can benefit from high-quality education within the network.

OAT has a strong commitment to the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) of all staff, including our Principals. Our comprehensive regional and national CPD offer is designed to develop and retain talented staff in our schools. We run a large number of CPD development networks, specialist training, briefings, meetings and forums/events at all levels to share information and best practice. Our CPD programme is built around emerging needs, subject-specific content and leadership development, with all programmes involving explicit discussion, reflection and research.

National training is available at all levels with the opportunity for Principals to complete the NPQH and NPQEL programs, as well as being involved in regional and trust-wide school improvement projects. The Trust recognises the importance of training and investing in our own teachers and offers the ITT programme through The OAKS and fully supports the early career framework through the Ignite Teaching School Alliance based at Ormiston Venture Academy. OAT is one of the leading academy sponsors in the country and is playing an increasingly significant role in the development and delivery of the education strategy nationally. With the school’s academy status, successful applicants will be able to contribute to the further development of the network, as well as the leadership of their own academy.

Given that we are in a national lockdown, academy tours are not currently possible in-line with the government guidance so conversations about the role and the academy are strongly encouraged with the Regional Director, Aron Whiles who can be contacted directly at or on 07960 683590. 

Alternatively, for more information about the role or an informal discussion please contact Tom Nutley at Tes (Recruitment Consultant): or 0776 700 1965

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