Ormiston Forge Academy With Best Ever A level Results

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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