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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We’re very pleased to share the latest academy prospectus with you, which we hope will give you a taste of what makes Ormiston Denes Academy unique, and what it’s like to study here. Please visit the Information for Year 6 page to view.
Thank you to Morrisons North Quay, Lowestoft for the thoughtful donation of stationery for our students! Lawrence and Erin in Year 8 are pictured receiving the donation.
As part of this year’s Heritage Open Days, the Cultural Education Partnership has organised two children’s heritage walks on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th September. The walks are family friendly AND full of interesting facts about history of North and South Lowestoft and each one ends at a larger Heritage Open Day event that is […]
We have welcomed a new catering provider to Ormiston Denes this term and are delighted to be able to share the weekly menus with you. Menu Sept 2021
Students across the region have been putting together a Showcase to celebrate their work in the Performing Arts during 2021. Each school created a devised piece based on a given stimulus. Our students here at Ormiston Denes Academy created their own telling of a familiar tale called ‘Alice’.
Year 7 students at Ormiston Denes Academy have found an exciting way of practising their language skills – by writing to royal families across Europe. The students made Christmas cards to send to the royal families last year as part of their language lessons and when we returned to in-school teaching, they were delighted to […]
Before the Easter holiday, students from Ormiston Denes Academy, supported by the #iwill project, filled and donated 100 bags to organisations in the local area. The Easter card was also designed by Mia in Year 9. Easter goody bags and cards were delivered to Topcats Charity, Outreach on the Streets, Harleston House and YMCA Childcare […]
What is MyTutor? MyTutor matches students with a kind and friendly tutor studying at a top university somewhere in the UK. Tutors are talented, bright, and have recently sat their GCSEs and A Levels, so they understand how stressful exams can be. With regular attendance, MyTutor lessons can help students gain confidence in their subject […]
The theme this year for Anti- Bullying Week is “United Against Bullying” and all students at Ormiston Denes Academy will watch a virtual assembly during form time, to raise awareness. They will also be given a poster to create their own pledge against bullying, enabling us all to stand united against bullying. This poster will […]
To mark Remembrance Day, our remembrance ceremony was held during tutor time across Years 7-11. This provided all our students with a time to reflect and pay their respects to commemorate the servicemen and women from Britain and the Commonwealth who sacrificed their lives for our freedom, whilst remaining in their bubbles. Across the academy, […]
We are proud to have been awarded The Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk Award. The award recognises the service provided by the academy to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.