Open Events

Thursday 21st & Saturday 23rd September, 2023

Everyone who becomes part of the Forge Family is an important person, whether student, parent or staff. Our drive is to ensure that each person is known, understood and supported to be their best self – which is what we mean by belonging to the family.

Our Open Events are an ideal opportunity to come and find out more about what we stand for.  “I loved visiting Forge when I was looking at secondary schools, nearly 5 years ago now! I just knew it was the right place for me!” says Alex, a year 10 student. Doors will be open from 6pm on Thursday and 9am on Saturday. There is no need to book, visitors can just turn up.

We have many links to local business and the community, and our academy is rooted in its core values of respect, aspiration and resilience, providing our students with inspiration and motivation to dream big. It is no wonder the academy is oversubscribed, nor that we hold an OFSTED Good rating.

Across both events you will have an opportunity to see our great facilities, talk to our expert teaching staff and meet and greet some of our amazing students and 6th formers, all who will be on hand to answer any questions you might have. Whilst you’re here don’t forget to check out the Performing Arts department for some fantastic music, dance and drama and visit Hospitality to sample some Spanish cuisine and meet the Principal Dr Mason who can tell you all there is to know about life at Forge.

“Our open events are always a huge success, with students and staff showing pride in their workplace. We recommend around 90 minutes to tour the Academy and we are often very busy so recommend arriving early! Our year 7 is always oversubscribed so we hope the event will provide the experience needed for you to make the best decision for your child’s education” said Vice Principal, Stephen Lodge.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When are your open events?
Thursday 21st September, 2023 from 6pm & Saturday 23rd September, 2023 from 9am

Unfortunately I can’t make either of the Open Events, how can I find out more about your school?
We’ll more than happily arrange a telephone call with you or accommodate an out-of-hours Academy visit to show you around. Please use the contacts form to arrange this.

What will I see at the Open Events?
We’ll ensure that you get the perfect opportunity to experience the Forge family, first hand by meeting the Principal, enjoying a tour of the academy, perusing exceptional student work, speaking to our expert staff and, most importantly, meeting our students. If there’s something you want to see or somebody that you want to meet, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.

How do I apply?
Arrangements for applications for places at Ormiston Forge Academy will be made in accordance with Sandwell Local Authority’s co-ordinated admission arrangements and will be made on the Common Application Form provided and administered by Sandwell Council. All of the details are on our website – 

We also accept applications from families living in Dudley, see the last question.

When is the closing date for applications for students starting in September 2024?
The closing date for applications is the end of October 2023. Please check the local authority where you are making the application for the exact time.

Can I apply even if my child goes to a Primary School in Dudley?
Yes. We have lots of parents contact us who live in the Dudley area asking if they are able to apply to Forge. All you need to do when you apply is change the local authority drop-down box to Sandwell to find us easily. We have a page on our website with guidance on how to apply if you live in Dudley: