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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.














Food Bank Donations

Posted by admin on Wednesday 13th December 2017

Friday is local charities day and we’ll be collecting for the local food bank.

Please, can you send your child in with an item for the food bank? If we all donated one item, we could make a huge difference to the lives of people in need over Christmas.

Some suggestions of things you could donate:

  • Toiletries: deodorant, toilet paper, shower gel, shaving gel, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand wipes.
  • Household items: laundry liquid detergent, laundry powder, washing up liquid.
  • Feminine products: sanitary towels and tampons.
  • Baby supplies: nappies, baby wipes and baby food – but not formula milk due to UNICEF regulations.
  • Cereals
  • Soup
  • Pasta, rice, pasta sauce
  • Beans, tinned meat and tinned vegetables
  • Tinned fruit
  • Biscuits

There will be a drop-off point near main reception as students arrive at school on Friday morning.

Thank you.








Open on Wednesday 13th December 2017

Posted by admin on Tuesday 12th December 2017

On Wednesday 13th December, Ormiston Forge Academy will be open. We are continuing to leave the decision to send students at the discretion of parents but we will ask parents to call the main reception to register any absence. Whilst we expect students to arrive in a timely fashion, it is more important that students arrive with us safely. We will not be running detention for late arrivals.

We are unable to protect attendance tomorrow as we have done today, therefore, attendance will be affected by any absence on Wednesday.

Wednesday will also be non-uniform again, please wear substantial footwear as the site will be wet as snow starts to thaw.

We expect the Academy to be open on Thursday and Friday with all students attending in full uniform.

Thank you for your support and cooperation.

Andrew Burns

Open on Tuesday 12th December

Posted by admin on Monday 11th December 2017

On Tuesday 12th December we will be opening the Academy. However, we do understand that some families will experience some travel issues getting here. The decision for students to attend will be at the discretion of parents.

For students who are absent, we will ensure that your attendance mark is not affected. We will ask that you log in to Show My Homework as we will be asking staff to set work.

Students who are able to make it in will have a normal timetable and all lessons will run accordingly. We do not expect you to wear school uniform, please dress according to the weather – something warm and shoes or boots that are substantial and safe.

The safety of our Forge family is paramount but we also take the education of our young people incredibly seriously. We have worked hard to clear the site and we hope that you are able to support us in ensuring students attend as long as you consider it safe to do so.

Andrew Burns

Sixth Form Open Event

Posted by admin on Monday 27th November 2017

Ormiston Forge Academy Sixth Form in Cradley Heath is throwing open its doors in December to prospective post sixteen students at its annual open event on Thursday 7th December.

Students who are due to start post 16 studies in September 2018 are invited to visit Forge to gain a taster of life at the academy sixth form. The academy achieved record-breaking A level results this summer as well as an outstanding record of 100% of leavers going to university, work or apprenticeships.

The doors will be open from 5.00pm–7.00pm on Thursday 7th December.

Visitors will be able to see the enormous variety and quality of courses Forge has to offer students for life after year 11. Also in attendance will be a number of universities, The Access Project who help students improve their grades even more and support their applications to top universities and our groundbreaking football scholarship programme where students play, train and study with us.

Darren Grimes, Assistant Principal for KS5, said: “2017 has been a very good year so far, we achieved another set of excellent A level results in the summer. We’re graded Good by OFSTED and we’re a National Support School. We’re very much looking forward to prospective parents and students coming to visit us. Each and every student is important to us and we hope to enable them on the next stage of their journey.”

The event, on Thursday 7th December, is open to current students at Forge as well as external candidates. Please contact Mrs Yvonne Siviter on 01384 566 598 or email if you have any questions.

You can find our sixth form admissions page here:

Restarting Hearts at Forge

Posted by admin on Thursday 9th November 2017

Last month, tens of thousands of young people across the country received vital life-saving skills advice in classrooms. The students took part in National Restart a Heart Day, learning the basic skills needed to help someone survive.

Among them were 350 students from Forge, who were taught the importance of heart health. Students learnt how to perform life-saving CPR should they come across someone collapsed, not breathing and potentially in cardiac arrest.

Head of Academy, Dr Lisa Mason said: “With the support of a range of local medical services including Fast Aid, who were collated by British Heart Foundation and the British Red Cross specifically for this event, we were able to train all of year 7 and significant numbers in other year groups. This is something we are keen to repeat next year and ensure that every student who attends Forge has this life-saving training.”

The event has been organised in conjunction with the Resuscitation Council (UK), the British Heart Foundation, which provides the necessary equipment free of charge as part of its Nation of Lifesavers campaign, and St John Ambulance. All UK ambulance trusts held events to mark Restart a Heart Day. The free training kits donated to the schools taking part, included 30 blow up dolls to practise with, mats for the learners’ knees and clinical wipes.

Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive at the British Heart Foundation, said, “CPR is the difference between life and death for thousands of people every year in the UK who suffer a cardiac arrest. Every second counts, and it simply isn’t enough to hope that someone who knows CPR is present. We need everyone to learn this life-saving skill to give them the confidence to step in and give CPR when someone collapses after a cardiac arrest.”

There are more than 30,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests across the UK every year but less than one in ten people survive. Mandatory training of all secondary school children in CPR would improve this rate of survival.


New Head Girl and Head Boy at Forge Prepare their Inaugural Speech

Posted by admin on Wednesday 1st November 2017

The term is well underway for newly appointed Head Boy and Head Girl at Ormiston Forge Academy in Cradley Heath and Cameron Allen and Divine Matondo are preparing their inaugural speech in front of 800 people.

The annual Forge Prize Giving event, held at Champions Church, Dudley in November, celebrates the achievement of students over the academic year and regularly attracts a capacity audience. Cameron and Divine will speak to the audience, made up of Cradley Heath parents, teachers, students and special guests, about their life experiences, hopes and aspiration for the future.

The positions of Head Girl and Head Boy provide a key leadership and a supportive role for students across the academy. The roles are selected annually and are open to all students in year 12 ahead of their move to year 13.

Commenting on their appointment, Cameron and Divine appreciate the important role models that they have become. They see the role as being a combination of adviser and mentor to fellow students, in particular, the new year 7 students who have joined the academy this September.

We’ve already been really busy working with the younger students and helping out in assemblies, we have lots planned throughout the year and we feel very privileged to be able to contribute in this way,” said Divine who is from Kates Hill.

Cameron from Cradley Heath added: “We’re very excited about being able to deliver our speeches at such an important event, it’s really character building. I’m learning lessons every day about leadership and working with a team; along with my studies I know these experiences will give me a springboard into life beyond Forge.

Students join Ormiston Forge Academy at any point from year 7 to year 12 (sixth form) and so the roles of Head Boy and Head Girl are instrumental in supporting all students as they arrive and progress throughout the Academy.

Andrew Burns, Principal, added: “The selection of Divine and Cameron as Head Girl and Head Boy is a great choice and I’m really looking forward to working with them as they take on this important role for our Forge family.”


Cameron and Divine pictured with Mr D Grimes (Assistant Principal KS5)














GCSEPod for year 11 students

Posted by admin on Thursday 19th October 2017

Year 11 students, we’ve invested in GCSEPod to help you reach your goals.

At the heart of GCSEPod are videos called “Pods”. Each one is a highly concentrated, 3-5 minute burst of audio-visual learning and specialist subject knowledge for 20 curriculum areas. It’s written by expert subject teachers then rigorously quality assured. Narrated by professional voice-over artists and with visuals produced by an award-winning in-house design team, every Pod is mapped to GCSE and IGCSE exam boards which will keep up with curriculum and technology changes.

How to login

1. Go to and click LOGIN
3. Enter your full name (as it appears on the school register), date of birth and the name of the school (Ormiston Forge Academy)
4. Create a username and password

The GCSEPod App is available to download free on Apple and Android devices.


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