All students develop their skills and confidence within the performing arts department at Ormiston Denes. We aim to create a safe and supportive environment where students can step outside of their comfort zone and grow as individuals. Dance, drama and music provide students with a space to express themselves and foster their creativity; we welcome everyone.
Over the year, there are a variety of performance opportunities to get involved with. This ranges from musicals, showcases, fetes, local events, talent shows and more within the academy. There is a role for everyone within our performances: assisting with lighting, directing rehearsals, designing costume and set, creating props. We believe that involvement in theatrical productions is a life-enhancing experience that broadens them as a person and equips them with transferrable skills for the future.
In addition to performance opportunities within the academy, we work with local theatre groups and community projects such as the Player’s Theatre Lowestoft, Norwich Theatre Royal and the First Light Festival. This gives students a taste of what it’s like to be a professional performer. At Denes we run extra-curricular activities at lunch time and after school. Students have the opportunity to go to drama club, where we build our performance skills and work towards a production. We run a dance club for Key Stage 3 as well as a separate Key Stage 4 club with external guests.
Throughout our performing arts curriculum, we develop confidence, communication, resilience, teamwork and problem solving. Our philosophy is clear; everyone is welcome and there is a role for everyone to play.