We want students to follow their dreams. In performing arts that means starting young, learning the skills, and treating it as a true profession.
The performing arts department at Ormiston Denes Academy is a thriving hub of creativity that offers every student the opportunity to participate in every aspect of live performance. Whether on stage or behind the scenes, students can learn stage craft as actors, musicians, dancers, technicians, designers and stage managers, either as part of their studies or as an extracurricular activity.
Each term, there are a variety of performance opportunities to get involved with: full scale productions, showcases and local events, which are always well supported by the academy. The performing arts’ department philosophy is clear; everyone is welcome and there is a role for everyone to play. We believe that involvement in live theatre is a life-enhancing experience that equips young people with essential transferable skills; it should therefore be available to everyone.
To showcase our students’ talents, there are always performance opportunities to get involved with from full scale musical productions and plays to talent showcases and open mic lunches. In addition, we work with both local and national theatre groups such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, Latitude Festival, Norwich Theatre Royal, Seagull Theatre, Marina Theatre, Eastern Angles and Small Nose in order to provide our students with exposure to performing arts professionals and opportunities beyond the academy.
For music, all students have access to peripatetic (peri) music tuition in a range of instruments including; guitar, piano, vocal, flute, brass, strings…
We believe that involvement in live performance is a life-enhancing experience that equips young people with essential transferable skills. As such, our clubs are open to all students where they study dance, drama and music at Key Stage 3. Students can continue to study all three subjects at Key Stage 4, or specialise as appropriate. Through our curriculum we develop confidence, communication, team work, problem solving and resilience. Our philosophy is clear; everyone is welcome and there is a role for everyone to play.
Miss H Drama
Head of Performing Arts and CALSA
Please read Drama Matters, from the organisation National Drama.
Cultural and Arts Leaders in Schools and Academies (CALSA) is a key regional programme, developed by Festival Bridge, in 2015, to ensure that the benefits of cultural education are accessible to children and young people across our region. CALSAs are confident education leaders who enable other teachers to introduce a sound element of cultural education as part of a broad and balanced curriculum. Whether it’s about initiating an arts project for students, starting Arts Award or applying for Artsmark – CALSAs can use their knowledge and expertise to support.
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Following on from the successful OAT EAST Dance competition, the full video performance from our students can be seen here: http://bit.ly/OATEASTDance
Students from Ormiston Denes Academy had a fantastic trip to Tonale in Italy again this year for the 2020 ski trip! All students had a fantastic time and demonstrated courage, resilience and determination. Our surroundings were beautiful – breathtaking with glorious weather! As well as skiing, students also participated in: • Bumboarding • Night Ski […]
We had an amazing time when 21 of our brilliant dancers took part in the first OAT East Dance competition! Students were competing against 7 other Ormiston academies, which calculated to just over 100 students. Their 10 minute routine made audience members cry, cheer and have goose bumps! Also, a huge well done to our […]
We are proud to announce that in January we were awarded our platinum award from our work with Suffolk Family Carers and supporting our young carers in school. We work closely with Suffolk Family Carers, and especially those within our academy. We have raised school awareness of young carers through assemblies, form time sessions, social […]
The OAT East Dance Competition is taking place at Ormiston Denes Academy on Wednesday 12th February 2020 at 7.00pm! This is a competition for students from eight Ormiston academies based in East Anglia, and we are hosting! Family and friends are welcome to this free event, doors will open at 6.45pm.
The Ormiston Denes Academy annual Careers Fair is taking place on Friday 6th March! This gives our students a chance to investigate possible careers and opportunities available to them. Over 45 organisations are attending this fantastic event!
Congratulations to all students involved, for their months of hard work and effort, in preparing and delivering various workshops and events for the Dora Love competition. All of the students were so professional in their presentation in the final, competing against 17 other secondary schools for the prize, and speaking in front of hundreds of […]
A very proud moment for Ormiston Denes Academy when some of our Year 9 students performed Suitcase 1938, at Lowestoft Train Stationn, as part of the Holocaust Memorial Day Service. This marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The train station is important as it was one of the places that received hundreds of Jewish refugees […]
The results are now in and we are proud to say that we have won 4 of the 6 categories that we entered, with all of our students being highly commended! Dance – JessicaArt – OliviaFood Technology – AlfiePublic Speaking – Daisy Congratulations to all students from the Lowestoft schools that participated in the awards. […]
Congratulations to former students of Ormiston Denes Academy Abbie and Emily who have received an offer to study English Literature at the University of Cambridge! Read the article here http://bit.ly/OrmistonDenesAlumniCambridge
Year 10 student Josh is a member of Southwold U15s Rugby Club squad. With some players out due to injury Josh has played up for the U16s and they have been competing in the Suffolk Plate Competition. The final was held on the 26th January 2020 which they won 40-7! As they had won all […]
Ormiston Denes Academy supported BBC Children in Need as one of the student council’s chosen charities.We had a fantastic day and it was great to see so many staff and students supporting this charity! Year 11 Charity Ambassador, Katy, brought a wonderful Pudsey Bear chocolate cake in, which was very kindly made and donated by […]