Ormiston Victory Academy students in Costessey celebrate opening of beauty salon

Anna Ball, head of beauty, cuts the ribbon to open the beauty salon at Ormiston Victory Academy, whi

Anna Ball, head of beauty, cuts the ribbon to open the beauty salon at Ormiston Victory Academy, which is open to the public, in the Academy's new building. With her is principal Naomi Palmer, (blue jacket), and the students. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: copyright: Archant 2013

Beauty therapy students at a £14m school development have celebrated the official opening of their beauty salon.

Ormiston Victory Academy students in their newly opened beauty salon, open to the public, in the Ac

Ormiston Victory Academy students in their newly opened beauty salon, open to the public, in the Academy's new building. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: copyright: Archant 2013

The new facilities at Ormiston Victory Academy in Costessey are in the main building, and include a private treatment room and a private entrance way for clients to use.

They replace the converted classrooms that students used in the old building, which is now set to be demolished.

Anna Ball, director of vocational learning at the academy, said: 'It's fantastic. We had a salon in the old building but it was converted from classrooms and we did not have enough space.

'I worked closely with the architects, and nagged and hounded them so we had everything in place. We have a private treatment room and a private entrance.'


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She added: 'It means that for the clients we can offer better treatment and a more relaxed atmosphere. For the students we have more storage, and with the option of a private treatment room we can expand the business.'

Although the salon is now officially open for the students to use, it is not due to open to members of the public until the week starting on December 9, just in time for the run up to Christmas.

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Ms Ball said: 'Already we have had so many emails saying 'Can you call us when you open'. Our clients don't like it when we shut for the summer.'

She said the salon has 115 regular clients, about 90pc of whom are from the local community, and it also has a number of visit from staff from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

The salon charges significantly below high street prices, with a manicure costing £3.50 compared to a figure more like £15 in an outside salon.

The salon at the school offers a range of treatments, including manicures, pedicures, waxing, permanent hair removal and non-surgical facelifts.

The sixth form has two classes studying for a level two NVQ in beauty therapy, and one class is doing a level three NVQ in beauty therapy.

Among GCSE level students, one group in each year is doing a GCSE equivalent qualification in hair and beauty.

Ms Ball said that the new salon is more prominent in the school than its predecessor, raising the profile of the subject among the student body.

Since they have had a first look at the new salon, she said a lot of students have been knocking on the door asking to have a look around, or ask if they can join.

To book an appointment at the salon, email beauty@ormistonvictoryacademy.co.uk

How do student-run beauty salons compare to high street businesses? Comment on our website, or email newsdesk@archant.co.uk

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