Ormiston Victory Academy’s School of Rock production nominated for two national awards

Students and staff at Ormiston Victory Academy were treated to a spectacular production of School of Rock last week, a production which has just been nominated for two awards at the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) East awards taking place later this year.


NODA is an organisation which provides support to the amateur theatre sector right across the UK, and has nominated Ormiston Victory Academy’s production for Best Youth Performance and Best Technical award. The NODA East awards judge the best of amateur theatre in the East Anglia region.

Year 11 student, Issac Scott, played the lead role in the production and blew the audience away with his professional demeanour on stage and his strong ability to stay in character throughout.

The success of the show was down to the hard work and commitment of students, parents, carers and the whole school community, with students spending long hours rehearsing and perfecting their performances.

The academy is especially proud of the group of community volunteers, led by Glenn Hewitt, who build a very complex set for each show every year. Glenn and his team spend hours constructing professional sets from scratch on a shoestring budget. Glenn, who very sadly recently lost his wife Thelma, commissioned a stunning vase award to be made in Thelma’s honour to present to the most outstanding student in the show each year at the academy. The family have also donated funds to purchase a star curtain for the stage at Victory, so Thelma's memory may live on.

Naomi Palmer, Principal of Ormiston Victory Academy, said:

"Once again, I have been absolutely blown away with this year’s production – the dedication and professionalism of the students is a privilege to watch. We are so grateful to all involved, who made this production such a success. We are honoured Glenn and his family have produced such a beautiful award for Victory students."

Glenn Hewitt, community volunteer, said:

"It’s always been a pleasure to work with the staff and students at Ormiston Victory Academy. I’m constantly amazed by the talent on display from such young performers and it’s the reason I keep coming back to help build them sets that they deserve.

"I truly feel like the Performing Arts department is a second family and I know that the students feel the same. The idea behind the vase is that I wanted to honour the dedication and time that the students give up to take part in these productions and to celebrate one student who has gone above and beyond.

"I also wanted to make sure that Thelma’s memory lived on in future productions and we felt that the star curtain would be a perfect gift to ensure that she will always be a part of Ormiston Victory Academy’s productions in the future and her light will continue to shine on the students."