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Ofsted confirms Ormiston Forge Academy’s Continued Success

Posted on Tuesday 3rd December 2019

Students and staff at Ormiston Forge Academy are celebrating today after Ofsted has once again rated the academy ‘Good’, recognising its continued success.

Principal of Ormiston Forge Academy, Dr Lisa Mason, said she was “delighted” with this latest Ofsted inspection. The report said that ‘Ormiston Forge Academy is a very caring school’ and that students ‘feel happy and safe here as part of the Forge Family’. The report also highlighted that ‘leaders are ambitious for every pupil and work hard to give them the best possible opportunity’, with teachers at the Academy also setting ‘high expectations’ for students.

Dr Lisa Mason added: “This report is a real testament to our students, staff and our community who have all worked together to make the Forge Family and our Academy a success. They deserve the best and we’ll be relentless in sustaining these high standards and pushing on to the next level, as we work towards becoming an Outstanding Academy.

“I would like to thank Andrew Burns, our previous principal, who laid the foundations for this success and continues to support us as Executive Principal. I am proud to be continuing his work and to serve our community by removing barriers to education and ensure that our students have the very best opportunities available to them.”

The Academy, which is sponsored by Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), was previously rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in March 2016. The latest inspection once again confirms the success of the Academy, which continues to be on a strong upward trajectory.

The report highlighted that teachers at the Academy had ‘high expectations’ and that they ‘plan well to get the most out of lessons’. Inspectors also recognised how the Academy’s success centre makes sure students that require additional support get it and can catch up quickly. Forge students told inspectors ‘that they had made a lot of improvement because of this support’.

Progress among sixth form students was attributed to well-planned lessons and ‘pupils working with increasing levels of independence’. Sixth form students were also praised for playing a significant part in Academy life and helping younger students. The report also mentioned the good advice sixth formers were given ‘to help them make the right decisions about further education and career choices’.

Ofsted also noted that students at the oversubscribed Academy on Wrights Lane in Cradley Heath develop ‘a responsible interest in the world around them’, thanks to the high priority given to spiritual, moral and cultural education that is threaded throughout the Academy.

Executive Principal of Ormiston Forge Academy, Andrew Burns said: “Our young people are at the heart of everything we do, we make decisions that will have the biggest positive impact on them and their lives. They’ll leave us culturally and academically richer and I’m delighted that Ofsted has recognised this.”

The report also recognised the positive role of the Academy’s sponsor Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) and the Academy governors, noting how they both work closely alongside the Academy ‘offering appropriate support and challenge’.

Nick Hudson, Chief Executive Officer at Ormiston Academies Trust said: “We are so pleased that the continued excellence and high quality of education at Ormiston Forge Academy has been confirmed by Ofsted and I would like to congratulate everyone involved. We look forward to continuing to support the academy as it pushes to achieve even greater heights.”

To read the full report, please visit reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/23/137673

Ormiston Forge Academy Celebrate GCSE Results

Posted on Thursday 22nd August 2019

With over half of all students achieving a GCSE Grade 4 or above in English and maths, there is cause for smiles and celebration today at Forge.

Overall, 54 per cent of students achieved a Grade 4 or above in both English and maths – with Grade 4 set by the Government as a pass. This also represents a 7 per cent increase on the Grade 4 English and maths from 2018.

There has also been a six-percentage-point increase, to 32 per cent, 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.

In English, 72 per cent of students achieved Grade 4 or above, an 8 per cent increase on the 2018 result. In BTEC sport, 94 per cent of students earned a Distinction, this coming after an incredible result in 2018 where 90 per cent of students performed to the highest level. The Academy also saw strong attainment in individual subjects where 25 per cent of biology students, 22 per cent of physics students, 33 per cent of classics students and 38 per cent of chemistry students achieved a Grade 7 or above.

Dr Lisa Mason, Principal at Ormiston Forge Academy, said:

We are pleased with the GCSE results this year which show a significant and obvious attainment improvement on our strong results from 2018. We are proud of the achievement of our students and the tremendous effort our teachers have put in.

The results this year complement our excellent A level results showing just how much value we are adding to students’ academic outcomes.

Last week students at Forge capped a remarkable year with 91 per cent of the A level cohort achieving three or more passes at grades A*-E. 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 Ormiston Forge Academy Open Days for prospective parents are on Thursday 19th September from 6.00pm–8.30pm and Saturday 21st 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 are marked under the new 1-9 grading system, with 9 being the highest grade. 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 the very top A*.

Bilal Ali, Jayden Bafoa and Lily King

Bilal Ali, Jayden Bafoa and Lily King

Ormiston Forge Academy Celebrate Strong A Level Results

Posted on Thursday 15th August 2019

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: yvonne.siviter@oatforge.co.uk 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.

Left to right: Gagandeep - University of Birmingham to read physics and astrophysics (3As 2Bs), Princess - University of Wolverhampton to read law, Vikramjeet - University of Nottingham to read physics.
Left to right: Gagandeep – University of Birmingham to read physics and astrophysics (3As 2Bs), Princess – University of Wolverhampton to read law, Vikramjeet – University of Nottingham to read physics.

Open Events 2019 (for a September 2020 start)

Posted on Saturday 20th July 2019

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 19th September and Saturday 21st September.

Children who are due to start secondary school in September 2020 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.

Ormiston Forge Academy is an oversubscribed school and we have 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 executive 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 Principal, 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 2019 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 yvonne.siviter@oatforge.co.uk if you have any questions.

Facebook events for Thursday 19th and Saturday 21st September – www.facebook.com/events/154754395440766

School safety: lockdown

Posted on Wednesday 13th February 2019

As an Academy with responsibility for the health, safety and welfare of young people in our care, we constantly need to renew our policies, test our procedures and communicate plans to our Forge family.

You will be familiar with lockdown procedures in primary schools and in the workplace, we are no different and we have an obligation to test our plan in a similar way to the way we test our fire alarms.

Lockdown will help us to deal with issues such as:

• A reported incident or civil disturbance in the local community which potentially poses a risk to the Academy community.
• A dangerous individual in the locality.
• An intruder on the Academy site with the potential to pose a risk to students, staff and visitors.
• A warning being received regarding a local risk of air pollution (for example smoke plume, gas cloud).
• A major fire in the vicinity of the Academy.
• Serious accident on-site requiring good access for emergency services.

What is lockdown? It is similar to fire alarm/drill. However, students stay INSIDE THE BUILDING.

When would it be used? When the Academy is alerted to an EXTERNAL incident which means we have to stay inside.

How will students know lockdown has started? A horn will sound.

What should students do? Staff will provide guidance:

  • Stop working immediately.
  • Calmly sit beneath desks/on the floor/out of sight.
  • Stay silent and still.
  • Switch phones off.
  • Stay like this until staff give you further instruction.

How will students know lockdown is over? A horn will sound.

Please do not be alarmed. These things do not normally happen but we do need to be prepared for such eventualities. We will be discussing this with students and we will be practicing locking down our site.

New Catering Arrangements

Posted on Thursday 18th October 2018

From Monday 5 November 2018, all of the food at the academy will be provided by a new company called Educaterers. We were very keen to improve our food offer and this was the best solution.

Quality, quantity and choice will be improved and your child will notice the difference immediately. As part of the switch to Educaterers, we need to move to a cashless system. This means your child will not need to bring money each day but will load an account with money and then use his/her thumb, on a biometric system, to pay for food. You will be able to load his/her account with money, either by putting money in a machine at the Academy or by paying online using ParentPay.

We need your permission to allow your son/daughter to have their thumbprint taken. This will only be stored on the academy computer system and provides absolutely no risk at all. For the first two weeks after the holiday we will be able to accept cash, but beyond 19 November all payment for food will be by the biometric system. I know some of you have experienced this in primary schools and it is standard in most secondary schools.

This system will allow you to track, via Edulink, what your child is eating and what they are spending on food. I have included some information about the new company and the system.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us. Please return all permission slips by Friday 26 October 2018.

Yours faithfully,

Mr A Burns
Executive Principal

Biometric Data Consent Form

Educaterers Information

Students at Forge celebrate GCSE exam results

Posted 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*.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open Events – September 2018 (for 2019 entry)

Posted 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 yvonne.siviter@oatforge.co.uk if you have any questions.

Facebook event for Thursday 20th September – https://www.facebook.com/events/1938900396153909/
Facebook event for Saturday 22nd September – https://www.facebook.com/events/948326522014816/

New Era of GCSE Grades for Students at Forge

Posted on Thursday 24th August 2017

Students and staff at Ormiston Forge Academy follow excellent A level results last week with more good news.

Almost half of the cohort of 150 students achieved a grade 4 in English and maths despite this being the first year of the new more challenging exams in these subjects. Over fifty per cent of students also achieved a C grade or above in all other subjects.

Students have been marked under the new 1-9 grading system, with 9 being the highest grade for English Literature, English Language and maths, while the rest of their subjects have been marked under the old A* to G grades. 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*.

Head of academy, Dr Lisa Mason, said: “I’m delighted for the students who have all worked so hard this year to achieve these good results, despite this being the first year of the new tougher exams.

These results are a testament to hard work and dedication. Once we have the full set of results including the progress measures, I’m even more confident that Forge will continue to show that it’s the best place for young people to study and grow.”

There were also some outstanding individual performances:

Sophia Ashraf, who achieved 3 A*s, 4 As, 2 Bs, 1 grade 8, 1 grade 7, 1 grade 6
Sehrish Mahmood, who achieved 6 A*s, 2 As, 2 grade 9s, 1 grade 8
Aqib Mohammad, who achieved 3 A*s, 5 As, 2 grade 6s, 1 grade 8
James Mahon, who achieved 4 A*s, 3 As, 1 grade 8, 1 grade 6 and 1 grade 5
Saya Mawaty, who achieved 4 A*s, 4 As, 1 B, 2 grade 8s, 1 grade 7
Sophie Slim, who achieved 4 A*s, 2 As, 2 Bs, 3 grade 7s
Mitch Turner, who achieved 3 A*s, 2 As, 3 Bs, 1 grade 8, 1 grade 7, 1 grade 6

Principal, Andrew Burns, said: “Firstly, and most importantly, congratulations to students picking up their grades today. The ones that have done well will get a pat on the back, the ones that are disappointed will be picked up, dusted off, supported and given guidance on next steps. Our commitment to our young people is absolute.

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.

All GCSE subjects will be revised by 2018 and examined by 2020. Between 2017 and 2019, GCSE exam certificates will have a combination of number and letter grades. By 2020, exam certificates will contain only number grades.

Nick Hudson, Interim CEO of Ormiston Academies Trust, said: “It is our absolute priority to ensure that every student fulfils their potential, no matter what their background, and we are delighted to see these results from Ormiston Forge Academy. Students, staff and parents deserve great credit for these results which reflect their commitment and determination to succeed and we look forward to building on these achievements year after year.”

Last week students at Forge capped a remarkable year with 84 per cent of the A level cohort achieving three or more passes at grades A*-E. Just 18 months after the Academy was judged as Good by Ofsted and in the same year it was designated as a National Support School, every indicator at Key Stage 5 has improved yet again.

Ormiston Forge Academy With Best Ever A level Results

Posted on Thursday 17th August 2017

Ormiston Forge Academy in Cradley Heath capped off a remarkable year with 84 per cent of the A level cohort achieving three or more passes at grades A*-E.

In another year that marked a set of consistently high academic and personal achievements for students, 55 per cent earned three or more A level passes at A*-C and 28 per cent achieved A*-B grades.

Just 18 months after the Academy was judged as Good by Ofsted and in the same year it was designated as a National Support School, every indicator at Key Stage 5 has improved. Attainment is also up across the board with a national marker, Average Point Score (APS), having jumped by two whole points for the Academy.

Just under half of the cohort, 49 students, were studying purely for A levels, with the remaining students taking a mixture of A levels and vocational subjects. When we include vocational results, 94 per cent of students achieved two or more A levels passes and 100 per cent achieved one or more. This excellent set of results confirms the Academy’s position as one of the top schools in the area for A level study.

Principal Andrew Burns said: “Last year we were in the top 16 per cent in the country for progress, this year the results have improved yet again. It’s a measure of how hard our students are working and the high bar each consecutive year group sets for the next.

I’m also delighted to see the vocational results mirror the success of the A levels; once again, I’m incredibly proud of the students and our supportive Forge family, which includes parents, staff, governors and our sponsor, Ormiston Academies Trust.

There were some outstanding individual performances in both A Levels and vocational qualifications:

A level students:

– Halima Sultana – AABB – provisionally reading chemistry at The University of Birmingham
– K-Ryan Hinds – A*A* A – provisionally reading astrophysics at The University of Birmingham
– Hazrat Hussain – A*A C – provisionally reading psychology at The University of East Anglia
– Usama Meraj – A*A C
– Ahmad Khan – ABB
– Lauren Bradley – BBB
– Azara Blackwood – AABC – provisionally reading geography at The University of Birmingham

Vocational qualification students:

– Raeda Hussain – D*D*D*
– Ellis Beddal – D*D*D* – provisionally reading early childhood at a professional practice
– Jessica Evans – D*D*D*
– Courtney Eaton – D*D*D* – provisionally reading criminology, policing and investigation at Birmingham City University
– Saima Islam – D*D*D* – provisionally reading sociology and criminology at Birmingham City University.
– Sean Danks – D*D* in BTEC Business – provisionally reading business management at the University of Worcester
– Brittany Stewart – D D in BTEC music and grade B in A level performing arts – going to read drama and performance at the University of Worcester

The large majority of students who have applied to university have been accepted to study the courses they wanted and many students have been successful in their applications to Russell Group Universities.

Senior Vice Principal, Mr Craig Cooling said: “The most important thing about today is that we have a cohort of well-rounded young people who will leave here equipped for life beyond Forge and who have a strong pathway to follow, whether that be in the world of work or further education.

To see attainment mirrored in vocational subjects, when nationally it can be seen to take somewhat of a back seat, speaks volumes of what we do here at Forge. Our priority is our young people and we will always be driven by what is best for them. Securing excellent results for a wide variety of subjects on offer at Forge represents our commitment to personalised study, something which we are very proud of.

Nick Hudson, interim CEO of the sponsor Ormiston Academies Trust, added: “It is our absolute priority to ensure that every student fulfils their potential, no matter what their background, and key to this is raising students’ aspirations.

We are thrilled that students at Ormiston Forge Academy continue to make such strong progress with some fantastic student achievements this year. Students, staff and parents deserve great credit for these results which reflect their commitment and determination to succeed and we look forward to working with the academy to build on these achievements year after year.

 

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