Ormiston Academies Trust launches trailblazing arts initiative

Students and staff from five Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) schools across the country have launched a unique collaborative initiative that will enhance performing arts education for their students.

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The event was hosted by Ormiston Sudbury Academy, in Suffolk, and attended by students and staff from Stoke High School - Ormiston Academy, in Ipswich; Ormiston Denes Academy, in Lowestoft; Ormiston Victory Academy, in Norwich and Cliff Park Ormiston Academy, in Gorleston.

The academies together launched the Bronze Arts Award for their students, a qualification that supports young people to grow as artists and arts leaders. With funding from Ormiston Trust, OAT’s founder, Sudbury was able to provide free training and workshops for staff and students at the launch event on Friday. The training (run by Trinity London) enables staff to become Arts Award Advisors in their academies and ensure that students are formally supported in their artistic endeavours. Throughout the day students were also given the opportunity to attend a number of workshops, all of which were geared towards getting them one step closer to achieving a Bronze Award.

This was also the start of a collaborative initiative between the academies which aims to develop professional links between performing arts staff. This will allow them to collaborate on special events and activities and ensure that they can easily share best practice across the academies.

The initiative comes after Ormiston Academies Trust launched an Enrichment Charter last year which states that every one of its students would experience widespread cultural, outward bound and sporting opportunities whilst at an Ormiston Academy.  This commitment aims to ensure that all OAT students, no matter what their background, develop the skills needed to succeed in life after school and have access to the opportunities that will enable them to do so.

Toby Salt, Chief Executive of Ormiston Academies Trust, said: “At Ormiston, we are committed to ensuring that every single one of our students gains not only a first-class education but also has opportunities beyond the classroom – that is why we launched the Enrichment Charter. It means our students leave us not only with great exam results, but as well-rounded citizens who have had opportunities in the arts, sport, volunteering, and educational and international trips.”

Leo Cox, Head of Performance Faculty at Ormiston Sudbury Academy, said: “This initiative is a hugely important part of the Ormiston Enrichment Charter – fostering fantastic collaboration between our academies and ensuring that best practice can be shared effectively, allowing students to receive the high quality support and enrichment opportunities they deserve.”