Students and their parents will be able to access and experience a whole range of virtual experiences and activities which will help them make a decision about their secondary school in September 2021.
Families are encouraged to register their interest in our open e-vents so they don't miss out on any of the planned activities. The form takes 2 minutes to fill in and can be found here: https://bit.ly/2FbwPbo
Principal, Dr Lisa Mason, said: “Our open events are always a huge success and this year won’t be any different. Of course, we are disappointed that we can't invite families in through the door but safety comes first for everyone. We’ve been meticulous in our planning and communications throughout the pandemic and it’s really important that we provide a safe, enjoyable experience for one of the biggest decisions that a family will make together.
"These open e-vents will give families the opportunity to make the right decision for their child’s education. We are a digitally capable school with a large community on social media, we'll be engaging with prospective parents and utilising some of the skills that we've learnt over lockdown to provide some fantastic content for the whole family to enjoy.”
Throughout September, prospective parents will be able to meet the Principal in a LIVE broadcast and submit questions, learn how to apply from our key stage 3 team and find out more about our curriculum and pastoral teams. We'll also have a podcast with some new year 7 parents, have a secret diary with two new year 7 students and run a LIVE ForgeFocus on sport. We'll see if a team of staff can tour the entire school site in 10 minutes - that's 10 blocks in 10 minutes and we'll be running a slightly longer, slower-paced, LIVE tour too on 17th September where we will meet all of the departments.
There will be surprises through the post too for year 6 students and we'll be writing to parents with our prospectus.
We're also taking requests! If there's a particular area of the Academy that interests you, let us know and we'll do our very best to plan some activity around it - you might want to learn more about maths in our brand new maths block or meet the head of science to discuss pathways. Let us know and we'll put something together for you.
All of our content will be spread over our accounts on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube - so follow and subscribe now. Wherever possible, we'll be broadcasting LIVE and we'll be posting catch-up content too so you don't miss anything. Our brand new website will collate all of the links and content so you have a central hub of information.
Ormiston Forge Academy is an oversubscribed secondary school and has had Good inspections from Ofsted in 2016 and 2019. We are rated as Good in every category we were inspected. In 2017 we were also designated as a National Support School (NSS) with a number of staff designated as specialist leaders of education (SLE).
Tom Daly, senior leader for Key Stage 3 at Forge said: “We’ve tried to ensure that we can cater for all families safely and it’s important to say that we'll try to accommodate all needs. If you want to talk to me or Dr Mason, we are available for you. This is a big decision and we'll do all we can to support you through it.
"We can’t wait to give children who are due to start secondary school in September 2021 a taste of life at Forge."
Please contact us on 01384 566 598 or email [email protected] if you have any questions.
We've also created a document with some frequently asked questions (FAQ) which you can access by clicking here.