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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














Open Events – September 2018 (for 2019 entry)

Posted by admin on Saturday 14th July 2018

We’re delighted to be able to announce our open event dates for September. We will be throwing open our doors to prospective students and their parents on Thursday 20th September and Saturday 22nd September.

Children who are due to start secondary school in September 2019 and their parents are invited to visit Forge to gain a taster of life at the Academy. Once again, we achieved another set of excellent A level results last summer as well as a first-class set of GCSE results.

Forge has a Good grade from Ofsted. We are rated as Good in every category we were inspected – including sixth form; personal development; pupil outcomes; quality of teaching and effectiveness of leadership and management. In 2017 we were also designated as a National Support School (NSS) with our principal appointed a national leader of education (NLE) and eight members of staff designated as specialist leaders of education (SLE)

The doors will be open from 6.00pm–8.30pm on Thursday and 9am until 12 on Saturday. No need to book, just turn up.

Visitors will be able to try out science experiments, view paintings, watch our food technology department cook for our modern foreign language cafe, check out our new range of Chromebooks, interact with the geography and history departments and meet our Executive Principal, Mr Burns and Head of School, Dr Mason amongst many other things. Also in attendance will be our football scholars and The Access Project who help our student improve their grades, even more, to get them into a top university.

Last year an incredible amount of visitors turned up and our year 7 in 2018 is full so please arrive early and allow around 90 minutes to get the most out of your visit. Attending our open events will give you the opportunity to make the right decision for your child’s education.

Please contact Mrs Yvonne Siviter on 01384 566 598 or email if you have any questions.

Facebook event for Thursday 20th September –
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Photo deletion

Posted by admin on Wednesday 13th June 2018

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Director for Fair Access and Participation visits Ormiston Forge Academy

Posted by admin on Friday 11th May 2018

Today Chris Millward, Director for Fair Access and Participation at the Office for Students, is visiting Ormiston Forge Academy to learn more about the school’s partnership with The Access Project. The Access Project is a groundbreaking charity that works with schools to support bright kids from disadvantaged backgrounds to get into top universities. The Project has been working in partnership with Ormiston Forge Academy since 2014 during which time the percentage of young people leaving the school and going on to university has risen from 56% in 2014/15 to an anticipated 66% likely to go this year.

Chris Millward as the access regulator for England leads the Office for Students’ work with universities and colleges, schools, employers and the third sector to identify and invest in the best ways to achieve wider participation in higher education regardless of background. At the Academy, he will meet with Executive Principal Andrew Burns, CEO of the Access Project Andrew Berwick, some of the students on the programme and in-house support staff who work on the project.

Welcoming the visit Andrew Burns said:

The work that we do with The Access Project is seamless, the team work with our students in delivering value and extra support exactly where it is needed. It is a model of best practice and I’m proud to see the results of our sector, the charity sector and industry all pulling together to develop the potential of our young people.

Chris will meet the young people who have had their lives transformed by The Access Project, simply by opening up a world of opportunity that wasn’t necessarily available to them beforehand.

Commenting Andrew Berwick said:

I know Chris has a heartfelt commitment to ensuring that it’s brains and not background that get you into university so I’m delighted to have the opportunity to share our record of success in doing this at Ormiston Forge Academy and beyond. None of what we do would be possible without our volunteers who commit to providing tutoring a young person for an hour a week and I’d like to say a big thank you to them.

Commenting Chris Millward said:

I’m delighted to be visiting Ormiston Forge Academy today to meet their inspiring students and teachers, and to see how The Access Project is helping them succeed. Their programme of tutoring and impartial advice is a great example of the sustained, targeted, collaborative and robustly evaluated work we need into the future. Most importantly, it is demonstrably helping young people to unlock their potential by achieving the grades they need to get into the university of their choice.

Any graduates who’d like to support the programme by becoming a volunteer tutor should click














Roblox – a guide for parents

Posted by admin on Tuesday 24th April 2018

What is Roblox?

Roblox is a gaming platform where multiple players interact and play together online. The site has a collection of games aimed at 8-18 year olds. However, players of all ages can use the site. Roblox is currently available on PC, phone, tablet and Xbox One.

Every game on Roblox is created by users, and there is a wide variety to choose from. These can vary from delivering pizzas to roaming a kingdom as a medieval knight, to even starring in a fashion show. This variety is one of the reasons that Roblox is so popular with young people.

Key things for parents to be aware of:

1. Communication: how users can communicate with others
Whilst the games are aimed at 8-18 year olds, there are no age restrictions. This means both adults and young people can play and communicate with each other on the platform. All games are multiplayer and include a written chat feature, which is visible to players within each individual game. Users can also make and receive friend requests during gameplay and this means that they can chat to each other outside of the game.

You can read more about the Roblox chat features and the way that these are moderated on the Roblox community guidelines and within their safety features.

2. Content: what content is available that might not be suitable for children
The Roblox Studio is a section where players use their imagination and skills to create their own games and share these with others. The ability to create and play games can be very appealing to young people who like to create the content they see online.

However, because content is user-generated it can mean that some games might not be appropriate for young children. For example, whilst the graphics are not very lifelike, some of the games feature weapons and blood.

3. Costs: How children might accidentally run up costs
By creating games, users can earn Robux, the in-game currency. You can also buy Robux in the game. Players can spend money on items, such as membership to the Builders Club.

If game creators attract players and in-game adverts, they can earn a lot of Robux, which they can convert into real money. To do this, players must be over the age of 13, have paid for Roblox’s premium subscription, and have access to a Paypal account. This means that younger players would need to talk to an adult to be able to exchange their Robux for real money.

Top tips for parents

Whatever gaming sites your children use, our advice remains the same. It is important to have a conversation with your child about the sites they use and carry on having open discussions. This will encourage them to come to you with any concerns they may have.

Involve your child in discussions and decisions about online safety and their internet usage. This will help them understand the importance of staying safe whilst having a great time online. It will also help to educate them about how they can keep themselves safe online and know what to do if something goes wrong.

1. Stay engaged and have regular conversations
Show an interest in the games your children are playing. This could be through having a conversation about what they like to play or could be through watching them play the game. You could even have a go at playing the games yourself! If children know you have an interest in the game, they may feel more comfortable talking to you about it or coming to you for help if they need it.

2. Help them understand the importance of personal information
Check that your child understands:
– the importance of keeping their personal information safe
– that the should speak to an adult straight away if the chat goes from being about the game to meeting up offline, personal information or sending images.

3. Set rules around spending money in games
Have a conversation with your child to make sure they realise that is possible to spend real money on the game. Make promises that work for your family; perhaps your child will have to ask you for permission before they make an in-game purchase.

4. Make use of the safety features available

Block and report:
Make sure your child knows how to find and use the report and block functions. Use the Roblox how to make a report page to learn how to do this.

Safety settings:
Set up the parental controls that are right for your family. You can also disable chat, set up the Parent PIN and use the Account Restrictions within Roblox. Click here for more information on how to use the Safety features.

Settings for under 13s:
There are additional safety features for under-13s , so it’s worth checking your child’s account is registered with the correct age. Players under the age of 13 have a <13 symbol next to their username on the game at all times. However, this is not displayed to other players.

5. Encourage them to tell you about concerns
Remind your child that they should come to you if they ever see something inappropriate, mean comments or if anything worries them within the game. If you know how to report this type of content within Roblox, you will be in the best position to help them if they need it.

For more detailed instructions and guidance on how to use the safety features of Roblox visit the Roblox website.

Thank you to UK Safer Internet Centre for this information.

Summer 2018 Exam Timetable

Posted by admin on Tuesday 27th March 2018

Click the image below for the summer 2018 exam timetable.










Easter Revision Timetable 2018

Posted by admin on Monday 26th March 2018

There will be Easter revision sessions for years 11, 12 and 13. You can download a revision timetable HERE or view the images below. The images below are jpgs and can be easily saved to mobile devices. Thank you.




























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