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Prize Giving 2018

Posted by admin on Friday 7th December 2018

NOTHING is stopping students at Ormiston Forge Academy in Cradley Heath from achieving success in both the academic and extracurricular fields.

The achievements of the Academy’s top students were recognised during a prize-giving ceremony at Champions Church in Netherton last week.

The annual event celebrates the achievement of students over the academic year and regularly attracts a capacity audience of over 800 people. More than 200 students from Forge were recognised for outstanding achievements in a wide range of academic, extracurricular and social aspects of school life. As part of the school’s drive to improve literacy skills every prize winner received a national book token.

The themes of the evening were the core values of the school which are respect, aspiration and resilience. Many of the speakers took the opportunity to talk about personal experiences relating to the values.

After delivering an inspiring speech aimed directly at the students, Dr Emmanouil Nikolousis presented students with the community awards. Dr Nikolousis is the clinical director of haematology and stem cell transplantation for the Heart of England NHS Trust.

Dr Nikolousis said, “I was honoured to be invited along to this incredible evening where I met some of the future leaders of the West Midlands and the UK. Well done to all students, staff and the governors for their endless efforts to achieve excellence and success.”

Other awards were presented by the chair of governors at Forge, Siddique Hussain, the head of academy at Forge’s sister school Tenbury High Ormiston Academy, Vicki Dean, executive principal over both Tenbury High and Forge, Andrew Burns, and head of academy at Forge, Lisa Mason.

Champions Church was packed to the rafters and throughout the evening, performing arts students kept the audience entertained with readings and musical numbers including a show stopper from Legally Blonde The Musical.

The ceremony was graced by The Worshipful the Mayor of Sandwell, Councillor Joy Edis who joined Head Boy and Head Girl for photos at the start of the evening.

In their speeches both Head Boy, Vikramjeet Singh, and Head Girl, Lauren Southall, told very personal stories and spoke eloquently about overcoming odds and being the best you can be. The positions of Head Girl and Head Boy provide a key leadership and a supportive role for students across the Academy. The roles are selected annually and are open to all students in year 12 ahead of their move to year 13. The roles of Head Boy and Head Girl are instrumental in supporting all students as they arrive and progress throughout the Academy.

Head of school, Dr Lisa Mason, congratulated parents on their efforts to raise good children as well as thanking the teachers for nurturing students.

Also present at the ceremony from Forge’s sponsor, Ormiston Academies Trust, was the director of education, Rob Pritchard.

There was also a presentation of a special award to Louise Morris who is the CME (Children Missing Education) & Alternative Provision Officer for Sandwell. The tireless and determined work that Louise does means that young people across Sandwell, including Forge students, are looked after and have their safeguarding needs met. The award, seven industrial chain links forged and donated by local chain maker, William Hackett Chain Products Ltd, will be displayed in reception at the Academy. Each link represents a year for the Academy and is presented annually to someone who has made a positive impact on the local community. The links represent the proud history of the area, also symbolised in the Academy logo.


Sixth Form Open Event 2018

Posted by admin on Friday 16th November 2018

Ormiston Forge Academy Sixth Form in Cradley Heath is throwing open its doors in December to prospective post sixteen students at its annual open event on Wednesday 5th December.

Students who are due to start post 16 studies in September 2019 are invited to visit Forge to gain a taster of life at the academy sixth form. The academy achieved record-breaking A level results this summer as well as an outstanding record of 100% of leavers going to university, work or apprenticeships.

The doors will be open from 5.00pm–7.00pm on Wednesday 5th December.

Visitors will be able to see the enormous variety and quality of courses Forge has to offer students for life after year 11. Also in attendance will be a number of universities, The Access Project who help students improve their grades even more and support their applications to top universities and our groundbreaking football scholarship programme where students play, train and study with us.

Darren Grimes, Assistant Principal for KS5, said: “We didn’t think that we could top 2017 but 2018 has been a fantastic year for Forge Sixth Form. We were delighted with the results over the summer and our football scholarship programme is going from strength-to-strength. Our new pathways have been a great success and we are really looking forward to showing our outcomes to prospective parents and students.

The overriding success of Forge Sixth Form is down to the individual attention we are able to invest in every student. Post 16 study requires a great deal of transition and our results can be seen each year in the growing number of students that we send to universities across the country.

The event, on Wednesday 5th December, is open to current students at Forge as well as external candidates. Please contact Mrs Yvonne Siviter on 01384 566 598 or email if you have any questions.

You can find our sixth form admissions page here:


Indian Classical Musician Inspires Cradley Heath Students To Bronze Award

Posted by admin on Monday 12th November 2018

Thirteen, year ten students at Ormiston Forge Academy in Cradley Heath have been working with a professional Indian classical musician to explore Indian vocal music.

The work with Sanyogita Kumari has helped them write their own musical piece based on British Values.

The students in the Key Stage Four performing arts class have been working toward their Art Award qualification. The Arts Award qualifications are designed to inspire learners up to the age of 25 to grow their arts and leadership talents. Most of all, they aim to support and encourage learners of all levels and abilities and from all backgrounds and cultures to engage and participate in the arts.

Jess Brooks, the teacher in charge of music and performing arts at Ormiston Forge Academy, said: “The group wanted to devise a piece that focused on the acceptance on cultures that would then be performed to governors, teachers and parents. On completion of the performance, students submitted their written portfolio and all achieved their Bronze Arts Award. I’m delighted for them and very proud.”

To achieve their Arts Award, learners take on challenges in an art form, participate in arts activities, experience arts events, get inspired by artists and share their art skills with others. They create a portfolio to keep a record of their creative work and progress along the way, and they are supported by an adult, who has trained as an Arts Award adviser and acts as an assessor, facilitator and mentor.

Arts Award recognises all art forms ranging from fashion to poetry, rapping to dance, sculpture to film and arts administration to backstage roles,

Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England, working with 10 regional bridge organisations. Bridge organisations are funded by Arts Council England with the remit of connecting the arts and cultural sector with the education sector so that children and young people can have access to great arts and cultural opportunities. Visit 
















New Catering – One Week In

Posted by admin on Friday 9th November 2018

From Monday 5 November 2018, all of the food at the academy has been provided by a new company called Educaterers. We were very keen to improve our food offer and this was the best solution.

After half term, the catering hall had a makeover and looks fantastic. We’ve worked really hard this week, we’ve listened and we’ve been working with Educaterers who have been very flexible in making sure that the food offer met the needs of the students. We will continue to listen and continue to change things until we feel we have things right.

You can download the price list and the menu below. We will keep you up-to-date with progress. Thank you for your support and feedback to date.



New Catering Arrangements

Posted by admin on Thursday 18th October 2018

From Monday 5 November 2018, all of the food at the academy will be provided by a new company called Educaterers. We were very keen to improve our food offer and this was the best solution.

Quality, quantity and choice will be improved and your child will notice the difference immediately. As part of the switch to Educaterers, we need to move to a cashless system. This means your child will not need to bring money each day but will load an account with money and then use his/her thumb, on a biometric system, to pay for food. You will be able to load his/her account with money, either by putting money in a machine at the Academy or by paying online using ParentPay.

We need your permission to allow your son/daughter to have their thumbprint taken. This will only be stored on the academy computer system and provides absolutely no risk at all. For the first two weeks after the holiday we will be able to accept cash, but beyond 19 November all payment for food will be by the biometric system. I know some of you have experienced this in primary schools and it is standard in most secondary schools.

This system will allow you to track, via Edulink, what your child is eating and what they are spending on food. I have included some information about the new company and the system.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us. Please return all permission slips by Friday 26 October 2018.

Yours faithfully,

Mr A Burns
Executive Principal

Biometric Data Consent Form

Educaterers Information

Chromebook for Learning

Posted by admin on Thursday 11th October 2018

We are delighted to announce that our Chromebook for Learning scheme is now open for our year 7 students.

The website to visit is and enter the username ORM2018 and password Welcome01 along with your email address.

The portal will close for orders on the 4th November 2018.

The first payment will be taken on 25 November 2018. If buying outright payment will be taken immediately.

Chromebooks will be available for collection week commencing 17th December 2018.

If you have any further questions please email

You can download information on the scheme HERE














Forge Students Lead The Way On Sharing On E-safety

Posted by admin on Wednesday 5th September 2018

The internet is an amazing place where we can play, learn, create and connect, but with the digital world changing all the time, how can we make sure our young people are staying safe?

In response to this, Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), who sponsor Ormiston Forge Academy in Cradley Heath, launched a competition on the theme of ‘Staying Safe on the Internet’ and invited all academies across the OAT network to submit a creative and inspiring short animated film to help spread awareness of e-safety to young people.

OAT received over 40 entries and on 5 July the panel of experts and competition sponsors met to view and judge all the shortlisted entries and came to a unanimous decision. This week the winners were announced and awarded their prizes.

Ormiston Forge Academy came joint first for their video “Cyber Bullying: e-Safety Superhero” by Dexta, year 9. In a clean sweep, the second place also went to Ormiston Forge Academy for their video “13th Birthday – Be Internet Smart” by Morgan, year 9.

The competition was open to all OAT academies and students needed to include original work. An OAT spokesperson said: “Everyone involved was extremely impressed with the hard work and creativity that went into all of the entries, as well as their extensive knowledge of e-safety.

Head of the academy at Forge, Dr Lisa Mason, commented: “Keeping children safe online is incredibly important and we’re delighted that two of our students haven’t just taken the matter into their own hands but they’ve also been recognised nationally for their efforts. We’re very proud of Dexta and Morgan.

We’ll use the videos that they’ve produced on our social media channels over the summer, we know that they’ll make a positive impact and contribute towards our e-safety work.

To view the Forge winning video entries, click the links:














Students at Forge celebrate GCSE exam results

Posted by admin on Thursday 23rd August 2018

Students and staff at Ormiston Forge Academy in Cradley Heath are celebrating today after collecting their GCSE results – with nearly half of all students achieving Grade 4 or above in English and maths.

Overall, more than 47 per cent of students achieved a Grade 4 or above in both English and maths – with a 4 the new grade set by the Government as a pass.

In English, 64 per cent of students achieved Grade 4 or above. There has also been a seven-percentage-point increase in the number of students achieving a Grade 5 or above in both English and maths – defined by the Government as a “strong pass” or better.

The academy also saw strong attainment in individual subjects including chemistry, where more than half (54%) of students achieved a Grade 7 or above. In BTEC sport, 90 per cent of students earned a Distinction and above. In textiles and religious studies, 75 per cent and 54 per cent of students achieved a ‘good’ pass of Grade 5 or above.

There were some outstanding individual performances:

Raihaanah Kulthoom achieved 4 grade 9s, 2 A*s, 5 grade 8s, 1 A
Yusef Muflihi achieved 3 grade 9s, 3 grade 8s, 2 grade 7s, 2 As, 1 B, 1 C
Emily Baker achieved 1 grade 9, 1 grade 8, 5 grade 7s, 3 grade 6s
Shaheem Bibi 1 grade 9, 2 grade 8s, 2 grade 7s, 1 A, 4 grade 6s, 1 B, 1 C
Kate Cleary 2 grade 9s, 1 A*s, 4 grade 7s, 1 grade 6, 1 B
Nimrah Jabeen 2 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s, 2 grade 7s, 2 As, 1 grade 6, 1 grade 5

Dr Lisa Mason, Head of Academy at Ormiston Forge Academy, said:

We are delighted that students at Ormiston Forge continue to make strong progress and I’m pleased and incredibly proud of all our students, who have worked so hard to get the grades they need and deserve.

Against a backdrop of new tougher exams and new grading systems, we have focussed on supporting individual student needs. We set high expectations for our students and staff and work hard to ensure that every student at Forge fulfils their potential.

Andrew Burns, Executive Principal at Ormiston Forge Academy said:

I would like to congratulate all students picking up their grades today. At Ormiston Forge our commitment to supporting our young people and helping them to achieve their full potential is paramount – we will celebrate those who achieve highly and offer support and guidance for those who might be disappointed.

I would also like to thank our staff for all of their hard work in preparing students for these more rigorous GCSEs, helping to raise standards and ensure that our students are prepared, not just for exams, but for life as well-rounded, decent members of society. This is what continues to make Ormiston Forge the best place for young people to study and grow.

Last week students at Forge capped a remarkable year with 85 per cent of the A level cohort achieving three or more passes at grades A*-E. This includes 15 per cent of entries securing the top A* or A grade and over a third of A Level exams undertaken securing an A* to B.

The Ormiston Forge Academy Open Days for prospective parents are on Thursday 20th September from 6.00pm–8.30pm and Saturday 22nd September from 9am until 12. Parents and children and invited to come and see Forge and all it has to offer for themselves.

GCSE subjects including science, languages, humanities, PE, art have been marked for the first time under the new 1-9 grading system, with 9 being the highest grade. For English and maths, this is the second year the new grading system has been used. New GCSEs are linear in structure rather than modular, with all exams at the end of a two-year course. A grade 4 is effectively an old C grade and the top grade, a grade 9 is the equivalent of very top A*.





















Ormiston Forge Academy Students Celebrate Top A Level Results

Posted by admin on Thursday 16th August 2018

Ormiston Forge Academy in Cradley Heath confirmed its position as one of the top schools in the area for sixth form study, with another excellent set of A level results achieved.

Overall, 15% of A level entries at the academy secured the top A* or A grade and over a third of A level exams undertaken secured an A* to B.

85% of the A level cohort have achieved 3 or more A level passes at grades A*-E. This is an improvement on the 2017 student pass rate. 50% of A level students achieved 3 or more A level passes at grades A*-C.

The average point score (APS), a national marker, for A level students has also increased by over 3 points from 26.07 in 2017 to 29.65 which means that the average grade achieved by A level students has improved from C- in 2017 to a strong grade C.

The overall progress score for A level students at Forge stands at +0.15 which is an increase from +0.13 in 2017, indicating that, as a cohort, A level students have performed above expectations.

These top results are mirrored in Applied General results with students who have undertaken Applied General courses achieving an average grade of Merit+.

There were some outstanding individual performances in both A levels and vocational qualifications:

A level students:

Hinna Awan – philosophy and ethics grade A*, English Literature grade A, history grade A, Extended Project Qualification grade A.

Sviatoslav Behei – maths grade A, Russian grade A, law grade B.

Mark Chen –  maths grade B, Chinese grade A, business grade C, further maths grade D.

Lee Harding – maths grade A*, further maths grade A, physics grade A, chemistry grade B

Laheba Rawdah – biology grade A, chemistry grade A, Extended Project Qualification grade B, maths grade C.

Samuel Robson – maths grade A*, further maths grade A*, chemistry grade A, physics grade A

Vocational qualification students:

Denver Baker – Denver has been an integral part of the academy’s football scholarship programme and has achieved Distinction*, Distinction, Distinction in BTEC Sport and Exercise Science

Ismael Diallo – BTEC Sport and Exercise Science, Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction

Fadel Traore – BTEC Sport and Exercise Science, Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction

Nabilah Begum – BTEC Health and Social Care, Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction

Asma Bibi – BTEC Health and Social Care, Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction

Muniba Iqba l- BTEC Health and Social Care, Distinction, Distinction, Distinction

Many students at the academy have secured been accepted to study on prestigious courses at leading universities, with many at Russell Group universities.

Head of Academy, Dr Lisa Mason said:Congratulations to all students picking results up today. We are particularly delighted that we are able to offer outstanding A level and Applied General studies here at Forge, as evidenced by results over the last five years.

“The competitive, yet friendly welcoming family that we have been building at Forge is paying dividends. Our year seven is full in September and our sixth form is becoming the place to study for key stage five students who want to get results and fulfil their potential.

“This team effort is the coming together of our Forge family as we support our young people. As well as parents and extended family, friends of Forge, governors, staff and the students themselves, I’d like to congratulate our maths, business, law, sport and health & social care departments whose students have received some exceptionally strong results today.

Andrew Burns, Executive Principal, added:This year, 66 percent of sixth form students graduating from Forge have opted to progress to university; a 6% increase from last year and a significant increase since we became an academy six years ago.

“This is an encouraging increase and reflective of the increased exposure our students are receiving to higher education opportunities during their time in the sixth form through events such as our annual Higher Education Week and our involvement with The Access Project.

“I’m delighted that Forge students are leaving here as happy, well prepared young people. I wish them all the very best for the future and encourage them to always be the best that they can be.

Nick Hudson, CEO of Ormiston Academies Trust, said:I would like to congratulate students, staff and the whole school community at Ormiston Forge Academy on these excellent results, which are testament to their hard work and determination.

“As a trust, it is our absolute priority to ensure that every student has the opportunity to fulfil their potential and the skills to succeed whether going on to study at a leading university or entering the world of work. We look forward to working with the academy to build on these achievements.














Cradley Heath Students Raise Over £750 for Leukaemia Charity

Posted by admin on Friday 20th July 2018

Students at Ormiston Forge Academy have swapped their uniforms for ‘something red’ on the last day of term and raised a huge amount of money for a blood cancer charity.

The day was inspired by the work that, member of staff, Kris Griffin has been doing in trying to raise £10,000 over 12 months for Leukaemia Care, a charity that he is a trustee of. Mr Griffin was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) 10 years ago. In recent weeks he has spoken at assemblies and been interviewed by student council. Today he greeted students as they arrived at the academy with a collecting bucket for donations resulting in a grand total of £780 being donated to the #Kris10 appeal.

Leukaemia Care is a national blood cancer support charity based in Worcester. They are dedicated to ensuring that anyone affected by blood cancer receives the right information, advice and support.

A spokesperson for Leukaemia Care said: “A diagnosis of a blood cancer can have a huge impact on someone emotionally, as well as physically. We understand that feelings of shock, anger and loneliness are all common at the time of diagnosis, during treatment and recovery and having someone to talk to, as well as the right information available, can be a huge comfort.

We not only support patients but carers and families too who can often carry a lot of the emotional strain when someone they love is diagnosed with a blood cancer.

After being diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia in 2008 Kris is lucky; he continues to take a medication called dasatinib every morning to keep the disease at bay. Inspired by the bravery of patients around him and a determination to ensure that no patient is ever left behind, he became a trustee for Leukaemia Care. Kris has raised several thousand pounds over the last 10 years but this is his biggest challenge yet. With a ten-mile walk planned and a special concert at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, he is hoping to smash his target by February 2019.

Kris said: “Ten years ago when I was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) I wasn’t sure if I was going to live to 33 and now ten years later, I’m still here age 43; pretty good at maths too!

To celebrate the ten years since diagnosis, I’ve set myself a challenge to raise £10,000 for Leukaemia Care. The money will be spent training more GPs on the signs and symptoms of blood cancer. The money that Forge students have raised today will save lives. I’m touched and humbled that the Forge family have come together to support me today and I’m very proud of everyone involved.

Pictured (left to right): Kris Griffin, Georgia (year 9), Olivia (year 9), Nicole Carroll from Leukaemia Care














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