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’s 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, The Seagull Theatre, The 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.
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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This year, Her Majesty the Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth. To celebrate this unprecedented anniversary, various events have been taking place in the academy, and this morning staff and students came together […]
The canteen staff have prepared some Platinum Jubilee treats for the street party on the field today! At lunchtime, students will get the chance to enjoy Victoria sponge muffins, jammie shortbread crowns and cheese and fruit mini scones and also enjoy a variety of games!
Ormiston Denes Academy students are delighted to be presenting a cheque to the Norfolk LGBT+ Project after their fundraising production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream .The PRIDE production, the first ever held at the academy, was entirely run by students and audiences made a charitable donation in exchange for their tickets. A total of £150 […]
Save the date! Saturday 16th July 2022 11.00am – 2.30pm. We can’t wait for the return of our summer fete this year and welcome you all to join us! Free entry and fun, for family and friends! There will be lots happening on the day… • Live performances. • Workshops. • Exhibitions. • Refreshments. • […]
Our Eco Council are participating in the national The Big Plastic Count next week. We have bins in school for students to put their used plastics in, and we would also encourage you to take part at home. Full details are on student’s Personal Development Google Classrooms, and tally sheets can be collected from Mrs […]
Today, 12th May is Celebrating Women In Maths Day. We are celebrating as we have some fabulous maths leaders at Ormiston Denes Academy.
Calling all former students! To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we are opening our doors to any alumni who studied at our school at any time since our Queen succeeded to the throne on 6th February 1952, on the death of her father, King George VI. We’d love you to join us on Thursday 26th […]
After meeting with Sally from Get Suffolk Reading, a National Literacy Trust project running in Lowestoft, we have very kindly been donated a large number of books on a range of topics including, equality and diversity and LGBTQ, kindness journals and a large supply of Marcus Rashford’s book “You are a Champion, how to be […]
Ormiston Denes Academy sends good luck wishes to all Year 6 students who are taking their SATs next week. We are also looking forward to meeting all the students and their families who are coming to us later this year!