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Director for Fair Access and Participation visits Ormiston Forge Academy

Posted by admin on Friday 11th May 2018

Today Chris Millward, Director for Fair Access and Participation at the Office for Students, is visiting Ormiston Forge Academy to learn more about the school’s partnership with The Access Project. The Access Project is a groundbreaking charity that works with schools to support bright kids from disadvantaged backgrounds to get into top universities. The Project has been working in partnership with Ormiston Forge Academy since 2014 during which time the percentage of young people leaving the school and going on to university has risen from 56% in 2014/15 to an anticipated 66% likely to go this year.

Chris Millward as the access regulator for England leads the Office for Students’ work with universities and colleges, schools, employers and the third sector to identify and invest in the best ways to achieve wider participation in higher education regardless of background. At the Academy, he will meet with Executive Principal Andrew Burns, CEO of the Access Project Andrew Berwick, some of the students on the programme and in-house support staff who work on the project.

Welcoming the visit Andrew Burns said:

The work that we do with The Access Project is seamless, the team work with our students in delivering value and extra support exactly where it is needed. It is a model of best practice and I’m proud to see the results of our sector, the charity sector and industry all pulling together to develop the potential of our young people.

Chris will meet the young people who have had their lives transformed by The Access Project, simply by opening up a world of opportunity that wasn’t necessarily available to them beforehand.

Commenting Andrew Berwick said:

I know Chris has a heartfelt commitment to ensuring that it’s brains and not background that get you into university so I’m delighted to have the opportunity to share our record of success in doing this at Ormiston Forge Academy and beyond. None of what we do would be possible without our volunteers who commit to providing tutoring a young person for an hour a week and I’d like to say a big thank you to them.

Commenting Chris Millward said:

I’m delighted to be visiting Ormiston Forge Academy today to meet their inspiring students and teachers, and to see how The Access Project is helping them succeed. Their programme of tutoring and impartial advice is a great example of the sustained, targeted, collaborative and robustly evaluated work we need into the future. Most importantly, it is demonstrably helping young people to unlock their potential by achieving the grades they need to get into the university of their choice.

Any graduates who’d like to support the programme by becoming a volunteer tutor should click volunteer.theaccessproject.org.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roblox – a guide for parents

Posted by admin on Tuesday 24th April 2018

What is Roblox?

Roblox is a gaming platform where multiple players interact and play together online. The site has a collection of games aimed at 8-18 year olds. However, players of all ages can use the site. Roblox is currently available on PC, phone, tablet and Xbox One.

Every game on Roblox is created by users, and there is a wide variety to choose from. These can vary from delivering pizzas to roaming a kingdom as a medieval knight, to even starring in a fashion show. This variety is one of the reasons that Roblox is so popular with young people.

Key things for parents to be aware of:

1. Communication: how users can communicate with others
Whilst the games are aimed at 8-18 year olds, there are no age restrictions. This means both adults and young people can play and communicate with each other on the platform. All games are multiplayer and include a written chat feature, which is visible to players within each individual game. Users can also make and receive friend requests during gameplay and this means that they can chat to each other outside of the game.

You can read more about the Roblox chat features and the way that these are moderated on the Roblox community guidelines and within their safety features.
https://en.help.roblox.com/hc/en-us/articles/203313410-Roblox-Community-Guidelines-
https://en.help.roblox.com/hc/en-us/articles/203313120-Safety-Features-Chat-Privacy-Filtering

2. Content: what content is available that might not be suitable for children
The Roblox Studio is a section where players use their imagination and skills to create their own games and share these with others. The ability to create and play games can be very appealing to young people who like to create the content they see online.

However, because content is user-generated it can mean that some games might not be appropriate for young children. For example, whilst the graphics are not very lifelike, some of the games feature weapons and blood.

3. Costs: How children might accidentally run up costs
By creating games, users can earn Robux, the in-game currency. You can also buy Robux in the game. Players can spend money on items, such as membership to the Builders Club.

If game creators attract players and in-game adverts, they can earn a lot of Robux, which they can convert into real money. To do this, players must be over the age of 13, have paid for Roblox’s premium subscription, and have access to a Paypal account. This means that younger players would need to talk to an adult to be able to exchange their Robux for real money.

Top tips for parents

Whatever gaming sites your children use, our advice remains the same. It is important to have a conversation with your child about the sites they use and carry on having open discussions. This will encourage them to come to you with any concerns they may have.

Involve your child in discussions and decisions about online safety and their internet usage. This will help them understand the importance of staying safe whilst having a great time online. It will also help to educate them about how they can keep themselves safe online and know what to do if something goes wrong.

1. Stay engaged and have regular conversations
Show an interest in the games your children are playing. This could be through having a conversation about what they like to play or could be through watching them play the game. You could even have a go at playing the games yourself! If children know you have an interest in the game, they may feel more comfortable talking to you about it or coming to you for help if they need it.

2. Help them understand the importance of personal information
Check that your child understands:
– the importance of keeping their personal information safe
– that the should speak to an adult straight away if the chat goes from being about the game to meeting up offline, personal information or sending images.

3. Set rules around spending money in games
Have a conversation with your child to make sure they realise that is possible to spend real money on the game. Make promises that work for your family; perhaps your child will have to ask you for permission before they make an in-game purchase.

4. Make use of the safety features available

Block and report:
Make sure your child knows how to find and use the report and block functions. Use the Roblox how to make a report page to learn how to do this.

Safety settings:
Set up the parental controls that are right for your family. You can also disable chat, set up the Parent PIN and use the Account Restrictions within Roblox. Click here for more information on how to use the Safety features. https://en.help.roblox.com/hc/en-us/articles/203313120-Safety-Features-Chat-Privacy-Filtering

Settings for under 13s:
There are additional safety features for under-13s , so it’s worth checking your child’s account is registered with the correct age. Players under the age of 13 have a <13 symbol next to their username on the game at all times. However, this is not displayed to other players.

5. Encourage them to tell you about concerns
Remind your child that they should come to you if they ever see something inappropriate, mean comments or if anything worries them within the game. If you know how to report this type of content within Roblox, you will be in the best position to help them if they need it.

For more detailed instructions and guidance on how to use the safety features of Roblox visit the Roblox website.
https://en.help.roblox.com/hc/en-us/articles/203313120-Safety-Features-Chat-Privacy-Filtering

Thank you to UK Safer Internet Centre for this information.
https://www.saferinternet.org.uk

Summer 2018 Exam Timetable

Posted by admin on Tuesday 27th March 2018

Click the image below for the summer 2018 exam timetable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Revision Timetable 2018

Posted by admin on Monday 26th March 2018

There will be Easter revision sessions for years 11, 12 and 13. You can download a revision timetable HERE or view the images below. The images below are jpgs and can be easily saved to mobile devices. Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ormiston Academies Trust appoints executive principal for academies in West Midlands

Posted by admin on Thursday 15th March 2018

Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), one of the country’s leading multi-academy trusts, today announced Andrew Burns as Executive Principal of two of its academies in the West Midlands.

Andrew will serve as Executive Principal for Ormiston Forge Academy in Cradley Heath and Tenbury High Ormiston Academy in Tenbury Wells, working closely with the senior leadership teams at both and sharing the benefit of his considerable expertise and experience.

Andrew, who is currently Principal of Ormiston Forge Academy, will work across both academies and with OAT’s Regional Director for the Trust’s West Region, Robert Pritchard, to support the schools build on their successes to date and to continue to go from strength to strength.

Tenbury High Ormiston Academy (THOA) joined OAT in September 2014 and has since been transformed under the sponsorship of OAT, confirmed in its first Ofsted inspection since joining the Trust, in September 2017, which saw the academy rated ‘Outstanding’ for personal development, behaviour and welfare and ‘Good’ in every other category – with an overall rating of ‘Good’.

In October 2017, THOA celebrated achieving outstanding results in the GCSE tables, which highlighted the progress students make while at secondary school. The academy’s score of 0.18 and equates to each student achieving on average, almost one-fifth of a GCSE grade better per subject than they had been expected to achieve when they joined the Academy. This is above the national average and was also up on the Academy’s 2016 mark, when it achieved a strong score of 0.14.

Andrew joins THOA as the current Principal, Adrian Price, who has overseen the academy’s rise, moves to lead another strong OAT academy, George Salter Academy, in West Bromwich, where he will take over from Pank Patel, who is retiring. Andrew will work closely with the senior leadership team at THOA to ensure a smooth transition.

Andrew joined OAT in 2012 as Principal of Ormiston Forge Academy, when the predecessor school first converted to academy status and joined the Trust. Under Andrew’s leadership, Ormiston Forge Academy has undergone a period of rapid improvement, which culminated in the academy being rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in April 2016 and it has subsequently been designated as a National Support School.

Andrew, who was appointed a National Leader of Education (NLE) in March 2017, has more than 23 years’ experience in education, having started his career as a mathematics teacher in inner-city Birmingham. He has since worked in a number of different schools, many in challenging circumstances, working to improve outcomes for students and to ensure that they fulfil their potential.

OAT, which has been sponsoring primary and secondary academies across the country since 2008, champions the excellent academic achievement and all-round development of the 27,000+ young people it serves. With a central office in Birmingham, the Trust oversees 36 academies, which are clustered into North, East, South and West regions across England, with academies in each region sharing best practice and expertise under the leadership of a dedicated regional director.

Andrew Burns, Executive Principal of Tenbury High Ormiston Academy and Ormiston Forge Academy said:

I am excited to take up this new role, which will allow me to continue to work with the fantastic team at Ormiston Forge Academy supporting them to further raise standards and improve outcomes for students. I am also looking forward to supporting the, soon to be appointed, new Academy Headteacher at Tenbury High Ormiston Academy to do the same – ensuring that both academies are providing the very best education possible to all our students.

Both academies have undergone periods of considerable and sustained improvement over the last few years, which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of staff, students and the wider community at both. I now look forward to supporting them to go from strength to strength, on their journey to becoming ‘Outstanding’.

Robert Pritchard, Regional Director West at Ormiston Academies Trust, said:

We are delighted to announce Andrew’s new role as Executive Principal for both Ormiston Forge Academy and Tenbury High Ormiston Academy. Since he joined OAT as Principal of Ormiston Forge in 2012, the academy has been on a significant journey of improvement and Andrew has played a huge part in driving this.

Andrew’s passion and enthusiasm for school improvement and ensuring that all students fulfil their potential, regardless of their background or starting point, has helped to inspire students and staff alike at Ormiston Forge and in this new role Tenbury High will now benefit from his energy, dedication and considerable expertise, which will be a huge asset to the fantastic team there”.

Andrew was the first in his family to go to university and in his spare time is now a trustee of the Access Project working to give the children at his academy, and more widely, the same opportunities he was afforded, and the chance to study at a top university. Andrew also serves as the Chair of Governors at Corngreaves Primary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASHER KNIGHT SCHOOL TOUR

Posted by admin on Saturday 17th February 2018

There was a whole lotta love in the air at a Cradley Heath school this week when pop star Asher Knight visited.

Asher, who has just released his first single Hurricanes & Tornadoes, visited Ormiston Forge Academy on Valentine’s Day as part of his anti-bullying school tour.

The 21-year old singer from Bradford performed to over 550 students in year 8 and year 9 and wowed then with his own songs and covers by Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande.

Students fell silent when Asher spoke to them from the heart about his experiences as a child of bullying.

Asher said: “Bullying comes in many forms; physical, verbal and social media. Through music, I found the courage to overcome bullying. Now I want to share with others that they can also stand up to bullying by finding their own strength and resilience.

The tour has played to nearly 10,000 students in schools across the country. Asher is accompanied by backing singers Christie Alana, Luena Martinez and James C-C who are all pursuing their own musical dreams.

Senior Vice Principal at Ormiston Forge Academy, Craig Cooling said: “Using music to deliver important messages has a huge impact on the students. It also gives them an experience of live music and an opportunity to see what can be achieved through hard work and dedication.

The arts are a fundamental part of our culture and I firmly believe that music and the arts can actually sit alongside and complement subjects such as mathematics and science.

We were delighted to welcome Asher back to Forge and thank him for making a difference.

Asher visited Forge in December 2017 with his mentor CeCe Sammy.

Often referred to as ‘The UK’s Vocal Whiz’, CeCe Sammy has worked in many capacities with an impressive roster of talent and industry bigwigs including Diana Ross, Will Young, Leona Lewis, Spice Girls, Charlotte Church, Russell Watson, S Club 7 and Simon Cowell among others. She has appeared as a vocal coach on Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief, Pop Idol, The Xtra Factor and The Voice UK among many other projects.

Asher said: “I was delighted to bring my anti-bullying tour to Ormiston Forge Academy on Valentine’s day to share the love!

I was there in 2017 alongside my mentor Cece Sammy. This time we performed a full set including my first single, ‘Hurricanes and Tornadoes’ which was released just last week. It’s safe to say we blew the roof off Cradley Heath and I know the students had as much fun as I did.

The tour was run in partnership with the charity, Barnardos and, after a short break, will continue around the country in April. Asher can be followed on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook by searching for Asherknightuk.

If you are being affected by bullying, need help or would like more information, please visit www.asherknight.com/bullying where you will find useful information and details of people you can speak to confidentially.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FORGE STUDENT WINS PRESTIGIOUS PLACE AT BROWN UNIVERSITY

Posted by admin on Friday 9th February 2018

Lee Harding, 18, from Rowley Regis, who is completing his A levels at Ormiston Forge Academy, has won a place and a financial aid package to study at a top US university after participating in the Sutton Trust US Programme, run in partnership with the US-UK Fulbright Commission.

Lee will take up his place at Brown University in Rhode Island this Autumn. Located in historic Providence and founded in 1764, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution.

Brown’s vibrant, diverse community consists of about 6,580 undergraduates, 2,255 graduate students, 545 medical school students, more than 6,000 summer, visiting, and online students, and more than 700 faculty members. Brown students come from all 50 states and more than 115 countries.

Last year, Harding was one of 150 students selected for the programme, which included a summer school in the US at either Yale University or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). They competed with over 1,000 applicants to win a place on the programme and spent a week living on campus and visiting many other US universities.

The students benefited from residential activities and received an intensive programme of support, delivered by the US-UK Fulbright Commission over several months before and after their US visit, which covered admission tests, college choices and the application process.

The aim of the Sutton Trust US Programme is to encourage academically talented British students from low and moderate income homes to consider studying at American universities.

The 2017 – 2018 programme cohort comes from across the UK. 76% of the students admitted early will be the first in their family to go to university.

Harding from Rowley Regis and currently studying at Ormiston Forge Academy said:
I’m delighted to have been accepted into such a prestigious institution. The support I’ve had from school, the Sutton Trust and the Fulbright Commission has been invaluable, they’ve broken barriers down and made something happen that I thought would be impossible.

Harding is one of 42 students who have been accepted under the early application deadline to US universities, and more students will be applying by the January deadline with results available later this spring.

The participants admitted early have been offered a total of approximately $11m of financial aid from the universities over the next four years. They have been accepted to 31 different institutions, including Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and Columbia.

Support for the US Programme was provided in part by a grant from the Robertson Foundation. The programme is also made possible through support from its founding corporate partner, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, as well as Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing who have generously supported the programme since its launch. The programme is also supported by Jerry del Missier, Martin and Antoinette Sullivan, The Neuberger Berman Foundation and EducationUSA.

Sir Peter Lampl, Founder and Chairman of the Sutton Trust and Chairman of the Education Endowment Foundation, said:
America’s leading universities are bastions of progressive values and outstanding education. Their campuses are welcoming places for international students, whatever country or social background they come from.

I’m delighted that 42 state school students have won places to study in the States. They will benefit from a broad and varied curriculum as well as in-depth study and generous funding for both tuition and living costs.

I hope more young people will look to their success and realise that a university education in the States is well within their grasp.

Penny Egan CBE, Executive Director of the US-UK Fulbright Commission, said:
These results echo the wider continuing upward trend of British students choosing US universities for their undergraduate studies. American universities offer an experience that is very different to that of a UK university and are actively looking for students from diverse backgrounds from across the UK to join their next intake. We are proud that this programme is successfully tapping into this demographic and giving these young people the chance of a lifetime.

Andrew Burns, Principal of Ormiston Forge Academy, said:
Lee has worked hard at Forge and his enthusiasm for learning has been infectious. We are all very proud of him as he continues his learning journey at such a prestigious institution like Brown.

Lee paves the way for the next Forge student who will no longer see a barrier to a place at Oxford, Cambridge, Yale or Harvard. Instead, through Lee, the Sutton Trust and the Fulbright Commission, our students see opportunity. Opportunity to be the best.

The US Programme is based on the Sutton Trust’s successful flagship programme in the UK which now runs at 11 leading British universities and has benefited over ten thousand state school students.  

 

Forge Achieves Youth Sport Trust Silver Quality Mark

Posted by admin on Sunday 14th January 2018

Ormiston Forge Academy in Cradley Heath has been awarded the Youth Sport Trust Silver Quality Mark for its commitment to physical education (PE) and school sport at its school. The Youth Sport Trust is a national charity that builds a brighter future for young people through the power of sport.

The Quality Mark is an online self-review tool which provides schools with a nationally recognised badge of excellence for the quality of its PE and school sport. The tool supports schools to audit their PE provision and identify priorities for its development.

Dawn Benson, leader of the performance faculty, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded the Silver Quality Mark from the Youth Sport Trust, which recognises our commitment to delivering the best possible sporting experiences for the young people at our school.

There are a whole range of educational, health and wellbeing benefits from delivering high-quality PE and school sport, and we see on a regular basis that when it is delivered well it can transform the lives of all pupils.

Ormiston Forge has increased its extra-curricular provision for sport with students now representing the academy in a diverse range of sports such as netball, girls football, athletics, handball, trampolining and badminton. Students are also now representing Sandwell at the Black Country Championships in badminton, demonstrating the progress that has been made by pupils in this particular sport.

Alison Oliver, Chief Executive at the Youth Sport Trust, said: “Congratulations to Ormiston Forge Academy for achieving the Youth Sport Trust Silver Quality Mark. Schools which achieve the Quality Mark, share our belief in the value of high-quality PE and sport and the positive impact it has on young people’s journey through education.

PE and school sport helps young people to live healthy and active lives and through it, helps them achieve their personal best in school and life. We are delighted to be working with thousands of schools across the country that recognise the competitive advantage this gives to their pupils.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Help us secure £4,000 by voting at Tesco

Posted by admin on Wednesday 3rd January 2018

We are currently one of the three projects being voted for in Tesco stores. If we come first, we will be given £4,000, for second £2,000 and third £1,000.

Vote Forge at your local Tesco store:

Cradley Heath, Extra – B64 5DF (closest to school)
Dudley Road, Halesowen Express – B62 8AA
Hasbury, Halesowen Express – B63 3JS
Rowley Regis, Express – B65 9AS
Stourbridge Halesowen, Express – B63 3UD

In the West Midlands, physical activity levels in boys and girls are extremely low, only 10% of girls meet the recommended physical activity levels each day (this is the lowest in the country).

You will be voting for Getting Girls Active at Forge which is a project that aims to provide exciting ways to promote and encourage girls to become physically active, it will also allow us to purchase new equipment.

We have until the 28th February to vote as much as possible.

Please share this post. Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forge students mark local charities day with music and kindness

Posted by admin on Friday 15th December 2017

Students started Friday by donating 170kg (376lbs) of items to the Quinton and Oldbury Foodbank. The food bank is a project founded by local churches and community groups, working together towards stopping hunger in our local area.

To help students at Forge celebrate the work of local charities, they were joined by renowned vocal coach and singer, CeCe Sammy.

CeCe visited as part of the Speakers for Schools initiative which has now reached more than half-a-million students. The programme brings together leading figures in public life from diverse backgrounds to deliver individual talks in state schools and colleges throughout the country.

CeCe, along with performers Sirine, Asher Knight, Christie Alana and James CC, spoke and sung to a full hall of over 500 year 7 and year 8 students about the power and motivation of music. CeCe, in particular, is a great believer in young people finding their voice through music.

She commented: “Music reaches us sometimes when other things can’t and being able to express yourself through music or any creative art is something we must hold tightly and celebrate.

CeCe continued: “Being involved in the Government initiative for local charities day and giving my time to Speakers For Schools means a lot to me. I’m delighted to be here, in Sandwell, celebrating the day with the Forge students and hopefully making a difference at many different levels.

Often referred to as ‘The UK’s Vocal Whiz’, CeCe Sammy has worked in many capacities with an impressive roster of talent and industry bigwigs including Diana Ross, Will Young, Leona Lewis, Spice Girls, Charlotte Church, Russell Watson, S Club 7 and Simon Cowell among others. She has appeared as a vocal coach on Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief, Pop Idol, The Xtra Factor and The Voice UK among many other projects.

CeCe and her guests also treated a small group of performing arts students at Forge to a masterclass where Sirine, a 12-year-old blind girl with an incredible voice, sang and spoke about her life and the positive influence that music has had on it.

The principal of Ormiston Forge Academy, Andrew Burns, commented: “We speak a great deal about the Forge family, today we welcomed CeCe and her friends into our family. A family is all about looking out for one another and helping each other; it’s incredibly humbling to see a group of people like Speakers For Schools, Quinton and Oldbury Foodbank, CeCe and Forge, come together to make a difference. If ever there was a great Christmas story, it’s right here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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