End of Half Term Newsletter

Thank you for your continued support, especially with our drive to raise standards and expectations.


Monday 25th February – Students return
Monday 25th February to Friday 8th March – Year 11 mock exams (timetable shared with students)
Monday 11th March – Year 8 options consultation, 2pm – 6.30 pm
Wednesday 20th March – Sixth Form parents’ evening (letters will be distributed after the half term holiday)
Tuesday 2nd April to Wednesday 3rd April -Year 11 GCSE art examinations
Monday 8th April to Friday 12th April – Year 10 work experience week (WEX)
Friday 12th April -End of term


Sandwell Well-being Charter Mark
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Sandwell Well-being Charter Mark. This has been awarded based on feedback from students, parents and staff about how the Academy promotes and supports the well-being and mental health of all stakeholders.

Music and Performing Arts
Auditions for the school musical are happening but there is still time for students to join. Rehearsals take place in 5CR, every Friday, after school. Fame Jr will be performed at Netherton Arts Centre on July 11th at 7pm.

BTEC music students will be showcasing the work they have been doing throughout the year in their lessons on 4th April 2019.

Students who receive music lessons at Forge will be showcasing their talents and hard work in a concert on the 13th June 2019.

Congratulations to Amy Hall who achieved a distinction for singing in her grade 8 Musical Theatre exam.

PE and Sport
Wednesday 6th March – Year 7 to year 9 trip to the Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships at the Arena in Birmingham
Monday 18th March – Year 7 to year 10 netball trip to Loughborough University
Monday 15th-19th April – Sports tour 2019
Monday 17th June until Friday 21st June – Year 10 GCSE PE rock climbing trip
Monday 18th March – Year 7 to year 10 netball trip to Loughborough University

Friends of Forge (PTA)
The first meeting of the PTA took place on the 6th February. We are in the process of looking at fundraising activities and working with local businesses to help support our students. If you are interested in being involved in this, please contact Dr Mason at lisa.mason@oatforge.co.uk

Standards and Expectations
It is really pleasing to see most students fully equipped and in full uniform, ready to learn every day. Please work with us to maintain these high standards; students are expected in full uniform with a pencil case, pen, pencil and ruler as a minimum.

A reminder that both fizzy drinks and energy drinks are not allowed in the Academy. Furthermore, mobile phones should not be seen or heard in lessons.

Equipment Update
In order to support students in developing reading skills which underpin all areas of the curriculum, students in years 7 and 8 participate in ERIC (Everyone Reads In Class) every day. After the Easter holidays, all students in years 7 and 8 will be expected to have a reading book as part of their equipment.

House Events
As I am sure you are all aware, we have a very active house system at Forge and it’s a feature of the Academy that we are very proud of. There are many activities that students are encouraged to take part in.

Current results

  Snowdon Malvern Clent Bredon
Year 7 Benchball 1 2 3 4
Cooking in years 8, 9 & 10 1 3 2 4
Term 1 Attendance 1 2 4 3
Term 1 Resilience 3 4 2 1
Term 1 Respect 2 4 3 1
Term 1 Aspiration 4 1 3 2
Spelling Bee 2 3 4 1
  Snowdon Malvern Clent Bredon
Total 14 19 21 16

On Friday 15th March 2019 there will be a non-uniform day for Comic Relief that will also include the annual ‘Forge Has Got Talent’ show hosted by former student and current Miss Black Country, Alexandra Darby. The show will also feature local tribute acts and former students of the Academy who have entered the music industry.


Childline – https://www.childline.org.uk/ – 0800 1111
NSPCC – https://www.nspcc.org.uk/ – 0800 1111
CEOP – https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/ – CEOP helps keep children and young people safe from sexual abuse and grooming online.
Kooth – https://www.kooth.com – an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people.

If you are worried that you, your child, or a child, is in immediate danger please call the police on 999 straight away.

Thank you again for your continued support.

Dr L Mason
Head of Academy

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