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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 www.gcsepod.com and click LOGIN
2. Click NEW HERE? GET STARTED!
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.

 

Perfect 9s for GCSE Student at Forge

Posted by admin on Friday 6th October 2017

A student at a Cradley Heath school is celebrating a perfect set of new GCSE grades.

Sehrish Mahmood, a student at Ormiston Forge Academy, achieved grade nine in both of her English GCSE examinations and a grade nine in her mathematics; the highest marks possible. Three grade nines put Sehrish in the top 0.4% in the country with less than 2,000 students nationally achieving the highest possible marks.

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*.

Principal, Andrew Burns, said: “I’m delighted for Sehrish and this is a magnificent achievement for her. Now, she needs to use this as a springboard into her A level studies, keep working hard and produce another set of outstanding results in two years time.”

As well as the perfect grade nines, Sehrish also achieved 6 A*s and 2 As under old grading system. She is currently studying maths, law, psychology and English literature in the sixth form at Forge.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update on a former student: Arron Walker

Posted by admin on Tuesday 3rd October 2017

Arron Walker is a former student of Heathfield and left the school in 2010. He is now 24.

Arron has been training incredibly hard at kickboxing and has opened a few clubs and classes in the local area. He has delivered kickboxing sessions at Ormiston Forge Academy in the 2016/17 academic year.

As a result of his hard work, Arron has been selected to be part of Team England and will be representing England in the ICO World Cup in Birmingham and the Unified Championships in Italy in October 2017.

The photo is of Arron with fellow Team England squad member, who is also one of his students and the ICO England Ringsports coach, Neil Kelly.

Arron is proud to be representing the county and hopes to bring back some medals to reflect the hard work he has put into the sport over the past 16 years.

Congratulations Arron, from all of us at Forge and good luck in the World Cup and the Championships.

Halesowen News: England call-up for Rowley Regis React Martial Arts’ talented kickboxers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pop Singer Sion Hill Bring Tour to Forge

Posted by admin on Tuesday 19th September 2017

Students at Ormiston Forge Academy were paid a visit by Irish soul and pop singer Sion Hill as part of a nationwide anti-bullying campaign tour.

Sion is a singer-songwriter from Limerick in Ireland. With a growing reputation in the music industry, multi-talented Sion Hill is making waves and is currently living in Berlin, taking Germany by storm. His new single Beaches has been riding high in the iTunes chart in Germany and he is now bringing his music and talent over to the UK and supporting Niall Horan from One Direction on some of his tour dates.

During the morning in Cradley Heath, Sion performed to Forge students in years 7 and 8 before opening up about his personal experiences with cyberbullying and discrimination.

Speaking on the subject of cyberbullying and discrimination, Sion said: “With the evolution of social media, our attention spans have become shorter than ever. Rarely do we do anything without needing to film or document it on our smartphones.

Through my music, I’m calling for a revolution of the self; to step away from the online world for a moment and think about what is really important, concentrate on real relationships and read something that’s longer than a page-long article on college times.”

Principal at Forge, Andrew Burns, said: “Having artists the calibre of Sion not only inspires our students to tap into their creative talent. It’s a testament to him that he is committed to working with young people and delivering these incredibly important messages.

The concerts are just another example of how Forge does things a little differently. It’s about ensuring that we engage our students and make an impact. This programme is a great success and I very much look forward to it continuing throughout the Academy.

As part of his school tour, Sion will also be performing new single, Beaches from his latest album Elephant, which is now available to buy and stream on all platforms.

This year Forge has welcomed rising pop star Rhianna to the Academy. In January she performed and talked to students about online safety. Rhianna writes all of her own music and has been described by Radio 1 as the next big female singer on the music scene. In March, Stephan and Jeffrey, the UK Pop/R&B duo Misunderstood, visited Forge. Since graduating from the BRIT School of Performing Arts, they have appeared on Britain’s Got Talent and supported MOBO Award Winner Chipmunk and Grammy winners Boyz II Men on tour. In February they released their first single, Sucker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forge Student at Doctor Who Audio Recording

Posted by admin on Monday 11th September 2017

A student at a Cradley Heath school was treated to an out of this world experience at an audio recording session of the iconic BBC show Doctor Who.

Ormiston Forge Academy sixth form student, Harry Smith worked as a runner and did some vocal tracks in London after making contact with audio production company Big Finish.

The recording starred Peter Davison who played the Fifth Doctor on BBC One from 1981 until 1984. Peter is a familiar face on television starring in, amongst other things, All Creatures Great and Small, A Very Peculiar Practice, Campion, At Home with the Braithwaites, The Last Detective and Law & Order: UK. The production also starred Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton and Matthew Waterhouse, who were all companions of the Fifth Doctor.

Director, Barnaby Edwards, said: “It’s a measure of how good Harry was in the studio that I completely took him for granted after about 10 minutes! He seemed to fit in incredibly well. I asked him to join us on the wildtracks because it simply never occurred to me that he wasn’t part of the team.

It’s a tribute to Harry that the cast instantly took to him. He can be rightly proud of himself.”

For nearly twenty years Big Finish has been best known for their Doctor Who ranges of plays but they also produce a wide range of audio dramas featuring the characters from Sherlock Holmes, The Prisoner, The Avengers, Blake’s 7, Survivors, Torchwood and others.

Andrew Burns, principal at Ormiston Forge Academy, said: “We try to give our students a line of sight into career pathways they are interested in. I can’t thank Big Finish and the team enough for this experience and for taking time with a young person and helping to nurture his dream. The legacy of a visit such as this has far reaching consequences.

Harry picked his A level results up over the summer and starts the University of Worcester soon to study drama and performance. He described the day as the best ever and added: “It’s given me a real taste for the profession, I want to be an actor and I learnt so much from everyone during the day. It was an incredible experience.

Harry will be credited as a Runner on the audio release when it appears on general sale in 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Era of GCSE Grades for Students at Forge

Posted by admin 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.

Local teenage astrophysicist reaches for the stars!

Posted by admin on Thursday 17th August 2017
A gifted teenager from Cradley Heath is not only the first generation in his family to go to university, but through a unique partnership has taken the first steps to launching a career as an astrophysicist.
 
A level results day is a defining moment for most students, but when 18-year-old K-Ryan saw he had the top grades needed to beat tough competition for a place to study astrophysics at the University of Birmingham, he realised the door had opened on a future where the sky is literally the limit.
 
The softly spoken student from Ormiston Forge Academy in Cradley Heath, which is sponsored by Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), says in addition to the support of his teachers, a key reason for his success was an innovative programme that paired him with a local tech entrepreneur – also the first in his family to go to university and an astrophysics graduate – who provided free physics tuition.
 
As part of their weekly tutoring sessions, Rob Laker taught K-Ryan how to use a high-specification telescope to film the surface of the moon.
 
K-Ryan said: “When he asked if I wanted to actually observe stars, constellations and the moon using high-end telescopes and observing equipment, I jumped at the chance!
 
We did an observing session where we first looked at different craters on the moon – looking at the moon and the stars for the first time, in such detail and clarity, instantly put me in a state of awe!
 
For others, it might not have the same effect as it did on me but it felt so close and clear compared to looking at it by eye. It felt as though it was in front of me and it is difficult to describe how inspiring it was.”
 
K-Ryan showed his talent for physics early on, in year 10 he won the School Physicist of the Year award from The Ogden Trust, which is given to the most promising year 10 physics student across the scores of schools the Ogden Trust works with. His teachers and the wider team at the Academy then took steps to support K-Ryan to build on this success and to nurture his interest.
 
Laker was put in touch with K-Ryan through The Access Project, an education charity that works to get high potential students who face barriers to achieving their full academic potential into top universities, by pairing them with graduate tutors.
 
K-Ryan says this experience was integral in shaping his dreams for the future – he now wants to travel the world working on leading research telescopes.
 
I’d like to be on a collaboration project that overlooks the data from telescopes, so I’d be on the frontlines looking at the data and seeing how that applied to other theories.
 
There’s quite a lot we know about the universe, about how the galaxies formed for example, but there are a lot of areas we don’t know as much about such as dark matter and the beginning of the universe, and the work we are doing now is going to help further that knowledge.”
 
Laker says he got as much out of the experience of tutoring as his student did: “I like the school I’m dealing with because it reminds me of the school I was at and there is that satisfying side of it – seeing them do well.
 
Whenever I see them get a good mark in an exam, it’s a sense that I have actually helped them out in some way and that is very satisfying.”
 
Principal of Ormiston Forge Academy and trustee of The Access Project, Andrew Burns said: “I’m delighted for K-Ryan, his dedication to his studies is to be commended and this recent success is well deserved. 
 
The Access Project has shown that there should be no barriers to education; removing them delivers results. Volunteers like Rob Laker make a difference to the lives of young people and they are becoming increasingly important in delivering extended and advanced study.
 
Ormiston Forge Academy in Cradley Heath 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.
 
As for K-Ryan, he says: “I really want to thank Rob for all he’s done and he’s really done a lot.
 
And Tracey from The Access Project was extremely caring and understanding throughout the whole year, she was always there for me.
 
But what will it mean for K-Ryan’s parents to see their son be a part of the first generation in their family to study at university?
 
“I think it would mean nearly everything to them, they’ve been really supportive of me despite what they’ve been through. They just want me to be happy and that will make them happy. They have had unwavering faith in me and I just want to return that somehow.”
 

Ormiston Forge Academy With Best Ever A level Results

Posted by admin 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.

 

Open Events – September 2017 for 2018 Entry

Posted by admin on Friday 28th July 2017

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 21st September and Saturday 23rd September.

Children who are due to start secondary school in September 2018 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 Principal, Andrew Burns, amongst many other things. Also in attendance will be our City Year team, our Sea Cadets 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 so please arrive early and allow around 90 minutes to get the most out of your visit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forge is Recruiting Administration Apprentices

Posted by admin on Wednesday 19th July 2017

We are looking to recruit two ambitious, smart and motivated individuals to begin their careers. These roles are key administrative positions dealing with all aspects of Academy administration. One of the two positions will involve working in the Academy marketing department for two days per week on social media and communicating with stakeholders.

Our current Apprentices will be leaving us at the end of the Summer with two years of experience under their belts and some important qualifications. We wish Calum and Charlotte well.

There has never been a more exciting time to join Ormiston Forge Academy. We became an academy in January 2012 and more recently (2016) rated Good by Ofsted and we’re now a National Support School.

To be considered for the Administration Apprenticeship you must have achieved a minimum of  GCSE grade A to C passes in maths and English.

Take a look at the job advert and details and get your application in today. Come and join the Forge family.

Apprentice Administrator – Advert
Apprentice Administrator – Job Description
Apprentice Administrator – Personal Specification

 

Calum Haywood who joined Forge as an Apprentice in 2015 leaves us to take up a full-time post in a local school as an Administrative Officer.

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