Photo gallery: Students “mesmerised” as they start studying in new £14m building at Ormiston Victory Academy in Costessesy

Principal Naomi Palmer with some of the students at the new buildings of Ormiston Victory Academy in Costessey. Photo: Bill Smith Principal Naomi Palmer with some of the students at the new buildings of Ormiston Victory Academy in Costessey. Photo: Bill Smith

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
5:55 PM

Students at an “outstanding” academy school were “mesmerised” by their brand-new £14m building when they started lessons in it today.

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The three-storey building at Ormiston Victory Academy in Costessey opened its doors after about two years of construction which took place largely out of the sight of the children in the old premises next door.

The building includes a hall with 240 retractable seats, two beauty salons, a 3D lecture theatre, art and science terraces and a teacher training room from which lessons can be observed without disrupting classes.

Head boy Jack Allen, 15, said: “It’s a lot better than I expected, really. Compared to the old school building, which after many years is starting to have its time, the new building is what everybody needs and deserves. We have got so much more open space and facilities and new technology.”

Head girl Rachel Hondora, 16, said: “When you have better facilities you can concentrate much better and you have a more positive attitude from the students. I think everyone is mesmerised by the new building. It’s much better.”

The main building is built around a courtyard which will be used as a dining area, and students will also be able to use a new sports building which includes a gym, dance studio and sports hall.

Headteacher Naomi Palmer, who joined the school in September, told students in the first assembly in the building that it was their reward for hard work, and they deserved it.

She said: “To be in an environment that feels professional and feels like a university-style building is going to have an impact on what everyone expects of themselves. Everyone is going to go the extra mile.”

She added: “When I came here I promised that we would be at the heart of the community and that’s what it’s for. It’s for the students, their parents and their families, and now we are in we can start thinking about how we make the best use of it.”

All former students can attend an event between 3-6pm on Friday, when they can write farewell messages to the old building.

9 comments

  • Fantastic to see students and staff so proud of their new school.

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    saltcreature

    Friday, November 8, 2013

  • One Horse Town - your comment is typical of the ignorant comments on this site. The quality of both the teaching and of the building is relevant. If the pupils' environs are poor then their capacity to learn will suffer.

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    Burning Spear

    Wednesday, November 6, 2013

  • Interesting, both of you made the effort to send in a comment, but failed to mention the fact that Costessey was spelt incorrectly in the title caption. My how we underestimate the value of education!

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    cornwallcanary

    Wednesday, November 6, 2013

  • Burning Spear Are you in education? Probably not otherwise you wouldn't have scored such a bog own goal. I am. I have taught in both modern and decrepit 'environs' and yes, of course, a pleasant surrounding will help the feel-good-factor BUT there is no substitute for good quality teaching delivered consistently across the school. It is both patronising and ignorant of you to suggest otherwise. Use a hospital analogy. If I was being treated in a brand new hospital that would be nice. If I wasn't then so be it. What I would be concerned with however is the quality of care carried out by medical staff in those buildings. "Oh doctor, thank you for diagnosing my stroke. I'm sure you were only able to do it because the hospital looks sooooo modern" Get a grip.

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    One Horse Town

    Wednesday, November 6, 2013

  • One Horse Town - your comment is typical of the ignorant comments on this site. The quality of both the teaching and of the building is relevant. If the pupils' environs are poor then their capacity to learn will suffer.

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    Burning Spear

    Wednesday, November 6, 2013

  • Cornwallcanary If that's all you can offer as a contrabution then perhaps 'you' need educating in constructive debate. Incidentally, one word in this post is spelt incorrectly. Go on, find it. I'm sure you'll get more pleasure from doing that than coming up with a reasoned argument.

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    One Horse Town

    Thursday, November 7, 2013

  • As a recent arrival to this corner of the planet, the spelling Vs. pronunciation of [sic] Cossey, Windham, Hazeborough and doubtless many others yet to be discovered are a continual source of joy and wonder to me. You Norfolk folks are wonderful in many ways :)

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    Capac Raimi

    Wednesday, November 6, 2013

  • Another puff for academies, a business running education and sucking money away from other schools Someone tell me why a comprehensive school needs a lecture theatre? Even if it has got sixth formers. My grammar school managed perfectly well without one, without a dance studio and without lavishing money on buildings . But then it had a mature and experienced head teacher. I reckon the job and the pupils are better served if a head has enough years and different posts of responsibility under the belt to gain experience- whizz qualifications and management skills alone are not enough..One wonders how many decisions are made independently of the trust managers.

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, November 6, 2013

  • Quality of teaching - relevant. Nice buildings - irrelevant.

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    One Horse Town

    Wednesday, November 6, 2013

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