Ormiston Forge Academy in Cradley Heath is today celebrating another strong set of A level results and continues to confirm its position as one of the top schools in the area for sixth form study.
At A level, over a quarter of entries achieved A-B grades and 91% of the A level cohort achieved three or more A level passes at grades A-E. These follow a strong showing in 2018 and set a consistent positive trend for post 16 study at Forge.
Students from the Academy – judged Good in all areas following an inspection by Ofsted in 2016 – achieved a 100% pass rate in all subjects.
The average point score (APS), a national marker, for A level students has maintained in 2019 with a score of 27.27 - an increase on 2018. This means that the average grade achieved by A level students is a C-.
These successes are mirrored in Applied General results where students who have undertaken Applied General courses have seen an increase in the average point score from last year. This has led to the maintenance of a high average grade of Merit.
Principal, Dr Lisa Mason, said: “The strong partnerships we foster between staff, students and their families have paid off resulting in outstanding levels of achievement and success for our students.
“Teachers and students alike have really focussed their efforts on moving their grades up, so that the hard-won C grade or Merit can be just as fulfilling as the top result.
“These results are the effort of hours of hard work from students and I’d like to congratulate our students and students up and down the country who are now planning to continue their education or enter the world of work.”
73 sixth form students have studied towards an impressive total of 159 A levels this year, across a diverse and broad range of 49 subject areas. All students have the opportunity to study at least three A levels at Ormiston Forge Academy, with some choosing to go the extra mile with a fourth subject.
The vast majority of students have also had their first choice of university places confirmed. 67% of students who applied for university have gained their first or second choice places. 33% of students will go onto employment meaning that the Academy continues to ensure that all students who leave the sixth form at Forge are in education, training or employment.
The assistant principal for Key Stage 5, Darren Grimes, said: “With the move away from coursework and modular exams it's a testament to the hard work of students and the support put in place by our teachers that our students consistently gain places at excellent universities on a range of highly competitive courses.
“It is particularly pleasing to see our 2019 progress score significantly higher than it was in 2018, a year when we got above national performance scores for Applied General subjects.
“Our results have shown, that over the last few years, students who study in our sixth form do well. We’ve created an environment where they are able to flourish; it’s a safe place where they have academic and pastoral support and the result is that they are happy and successful.”
Nick Hudson, CEO of Ormiston Academies Trust, said: “I would like to congratulate the students, staff and the whole school community at Ormiston Forge Academy on these great results, which are testament to the hard work and determination of students, supported by their teachers and parents.
"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.”
If you are a year 11 student and would like to consider joining us in the sixth form in September, contact Mrs Yvonne Siviter, telephone: 01384 566 598 or email: [email protected] as soon as you have your GCSE results on Thursday 21st August.
Ormiston Forge Academy also has an Open Day on Thursday 19th September and Saturday 21st September for any families wanting to learn more about joining year 7 or our Sixth Form in September 2020. 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.