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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.

 

Open Events – September 2017 for 2018 Entry

Posted 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 Principal Chosen For Key School Support Role

Posted on Saturday 25th March 2017

The Principal and staff at Ormiston Forge Academy in Cradley Heath have been selected for a top role supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

Andrew Burns is one of more than 70 principals to be appointed to the role of national leader of education (NLE) in the latest recruitment round.

NLEs along with staff in their school – designated a national support school (NSS) – use their success and professionalism to provide additional leadership capability in other schools.

NLEs are deployed to suit the needs of each school needing support. The type of support provided is flexible and can sometimes involve NLEs becoming executive headteachers. They also have responsibility for developing the next generation of NLEs and national support schools.

Principal at Ormiston Forge Academy, Andrew Burns, said: “It’s an incredible honour to receive this designation on behalf of the academy and I am looking forward to supporting other schools on their journey towards improvement.

Our commitment to the young people at Forge remains unwavering, but we are now able to extend the reach of the Forge effect and make an even bigger difference.

Many NLEs/NSSs report improved outcomes at the schools they support.

Roger Pope, Chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said: “It’s fantastic that heads like Andrew have the passion and ambition to help improve the life chances of young people, not just in their own but in other schools as well.

The aim of national leaders of education is to drive improvement in underperforming schools. We now have over 1,200 NLEs and we’re working to increase this number further to spread educational excellence everywhere.

Successful heads have been invited to attend a formal induction and training event for the role in driving school improvement.

Stephen Rayner, Chair of Governors at Ormiston Forge Academy, said: “We’re proud of the strength of leadership throughout our academy, but Andrew has a particular ability to recognise and develop the leaders of the future, while always thinking first of the needs of students and communities.

Working from a National Support School, Andrew and his colleagues have an exciting opportunity to influence improvements on a wider scale.

 

Andrew Burns, Principal of Ormiston Forge Academy and National Leader of Education

                   Andrew Burns, Principal of Ormiston Forge Academy and National Leader of Education

Building a network of former students for Ormiston Forge Academy

Posted on Thursday 16th February 2017

As you may know, Ormiston Forge Academy has begun to build a fantastic network of former students who are becoming a great part of school life. This year, we have chosen to work with the charity Future First to help reconnect with even more of our former students. The vision is that our school should be supported by a thriving, engaged alumni community.

Alumni can offer us support in several ways, including as career role models, work experience providers, mentors, governors and even fundraisers or donors.

Whether former students have gone on to be graphic designers, sports coaches or surgeons, we want current students to understand the different options that are out there for them. Very simply: if former students can do it, so can they.

To help make sure that all former students know they can reconnect with us, we are appealing to students who have left in the past few years to keep in touch. It would be fantastic to hear what you are doing now, so please do follow this link – it only takes a couple of minutes:
https://networks.futurefirst.org.uk/former-student/ormistonforge

In addition, we are also looking for older past pupils to keep in touch too! If you, any of your older children, friends or neighbours are former students of the school (Heathfield or Forge), please do pass on the link as we’d love to find out where our former students have gone on to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Champion from Dudley

Posted on Sunday 22nd January 2017

Last weekend a former student from Forge won the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) UK Championship belt. You may not think that I’m a wrestling fan but when a Forge student is involved, I’m always interested. It helps to receive a plethora of messages about the win and it was blanket coverage on social media.

Tyler Bate is 19 years old and when competing in the title tournament he was up against opponents bigger than him and opponents who had much more experience than him. Yet, when you watch the footage you can clearly see that Tyler has worked hard and has an incredible amount of talent. In fact, Triple H, 14-Time World Champion and executive vice president of the WWE suggested that Tyler is the future of wrestling.

That’s wrestling which has grown to be a multi-billion-dollar sport, a global phenomenon with millions of fans all over the world and a sport that includes some of the most athletically gifted performers on the planet. It’s a sport that has produced names like The Rock, Hulk Hogan and Steve Austin; megastars!

Tyler is, and will always be a WWE Champion, the company have shown absolute faith in him and given him this spotlight because he is the best. He’s the best in the UK and it won’t be long before he shows the rest of the world how good he is.

At no point during the many hours of hard work he put into his profession did where he came from have a part to play. At no point did anyone in the WWE consider where he came from as an obstacle to his undoubted talent. Being the best was good enough.

Being from the Black Country or the West Midlands (the geography will depend on your politics) is NOT an obstacle to success and I hear the excuse all of the time. We teach our students that anything is possible but there is a difference between teaching and showing. Tyler has shown that anything is possible. We’ve had a student this year interviewed for Oxford University, he’s shown that anything is possible.

Tyler has shown that age and where you come from isn’t a barrier to success. He’ll inspire Forge students and he’ll inspire young people all over the world, wherever he goes. He’s worked hard and is a leading light for bright young talent in this area.

In his interviews, Tyler has shown humility and great pride and we are all incredibly proud of his success. He’s a role model for all of us. Let’s keep putting ourselves on the map!

Andrew Burns
Principal

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We Are Five! Happy Birthday To Forge.

Posted on Tuesday 3rd January 2017

We’re five years old! That’s to say, Ormiston Forge Academy opened five years ago. I’m delighted with the progress that we’ve made in this time.

Our celebration this morning was quite a low-key affair. It’s a training day. There was cake, pictured! We’re going to save the main celebration for Prize Giving, where we celebrate our students, it seems right that we combine the two as they go hand-in-hand.

For the staff, I led a visioning session today. Before we finished for the Christmas break I asked everyone to provide some structured reflection on the last five years, it made for an inspiring read. The commitment and aspiration the staff at Forge show makes me very proud. It is also encouraging to read that staff echoed many themes and with such a large body of staff, having people on the same page means that we’ll reach our goals quicker and with less friction.

We started our visioning session by looking at the journey and my remarks from five years ago when I first started. We’ve come so far and we weren’t far off the mark in our aspirations. We wanted to be good, all day, every day! In 2016 Ofsted told us that we were!

Now we need to be VERY good, all day, every day. I make no secret of the fact that I want us to be Outstanding. It’s what our students deserve and I know that my staff are committed to delivering. However, it’s more than that. As we plan for the next five years we all need to be involved in what this school will look like. To this end, I’ll be inviting parents, stakeholders and, most importantly, students into visioning sessions to reflect on the past and build for the future.

This is the best fifth birthday present I can deliver. We will build on the firm foundations we have, plan for the future and ensure that this school inspires and serves generations of young people from Cradley Heath and beyond. There will be candles at Prize Giving, I’m sure they’ll be a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday too but what matters is that this school pushes on, that we keep improving exam results and our student get the best education and the best start in life that they can possibly have.

Andrew Burns
Principal

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End of term arrangements – December 2016

Posted on Tuesday 13th December 2016

Dear Parent/Guardian

End of term arrangements

As we approach the end of the Autumn Term, I would like to thank you for your continued support, inform you of the end of term arrangements and wish you all a fantastic festive period.

Thursday 15 December – Non-Uniform Day
The cost is £1 per family. Money raised will be donated to Save the Children. Whilst it is optional we are looking for as many Christmas jumpers as possible.

Thursday 15 December – End of term, 12.20pm
Term ends at 12.20pm for all students. Food will be provided at break time as per usual ‘Friday’. arrangements

Friday 16 December – Staff training day
Academy closed to students

Tuesday 3 January – Staff training day
Academy closed to students, except student leaders. Student leaders are joining the staff training from 10.15am

Wednesday 4 January – Start of Spring Term, 8.40am

Year 11 Results Day
Year 11 students will have an important assembly at 2.10pm on Wednesday 4 January. At the end of the assembly, they will receive their Mock Examination results in an envelope, like they will do with their ‘real’ results in August 2017.

Parking on Wrights Lane and Heathfield Close
Can you please be mindful of local residents and traffic on Wrights Lane. From January the local authority camera car will be out reviewing the traffic situation. They will be handing out spot fines for anyone parking in Heathfield Close and parking anti-socially on Wrights Lane. If you have to pick children up at the end of the day can you please use Best Street or adjacent streets and get children to walk to you.

We really appreciate your support in these matters.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Yours faithfully

Andrew Burns
Principal

Forge Celebrates Fourth Year of GCSE Improvement

Posted on Thursday 25th August 2016

Ormiston Forge Academy in Cradley Heath is celebrating yet another excellent day of GCSE results after A level success last week and in the same year that the Academy was judged as Good by Ofsted.

Students have achieved a 53 per cent A*-C pass rate for five GCSEs, including English and Maths. Three years ago this figure was 44 per cent.

This excellent set of GCSE results represents a three per cent point increase on the five A*–C grades including English and Maths from last year and a six per cent point increase from two years ago. Even more so, there has been a significant improvement at the top end with a record 91 A* (A-star) grades amongst the year 11 cohort, compared to 63 in 2015, this is all in spite of declining national trends. In total there were 245 A*/A grades.

Alongside results that are consistently good like Business Studies and English, which recorded an impressive 91 per cent A*-D, there have been some incredible departmental performances this year. Religious Studies students achieved an 84 per cent A*-C pass rate, an increase of 16 per cent on last year. German rocketed from 50 per cent to 93 per cent, an increase of 43 per cent at A*-C grades, and Tech Graphics and Child Development posted increases of 50 per cent and 42 per cent respectively. Maths posted a three per cent increase on last year and Geography improved on its impressive 2015 total by two per cent, resulting in an 84 per cent A*-C pass rate.

Notable achievements this year include:
Samuel Robson – 8 A*, 3 A, 1 B
Alex Bennie – 8 A*, 1 A, 1 B
Lee Harding – 7 A*, 4 A
Jake Buswell – 6 A*, 4 A, 1 B
Tahirah Sultana – 5 A*, 6 A, 1 B
Jodie Walwyn – 4 A*, 4 A, 1 B, 1 C
Liam Wilkinson – 4 A*, 3 A, 5 B
Ibrahim Yaseen – 4 A*, 4 A, 4 B
Max Wilding – 3 A*, 8 A, 1 B
Leighton Smallshire – 2 A*, 5 A, 4 B

The overall pass rate for English and Maths (i.e. the overall percentage of grades A*-G) was 99 per cent. The five GCSE A*-G pass rate has barely fluctuated over the last four years at 96.7 per cent, proving the Academy provides a model of consistently good education. All of this, combined with the outstanding A level results from last week, means the Academy represents excellent choice for Sandwell students starting in September at year 7.

Andrew Burns, Principal, said: “We continue to be a model of consistency and make good, solid progress each year at GCSE and A level. There’s no secret; we work hard and play hard. I have to thank my staff for their continued effort and dedication in ensuring our young people get the education that they deserve. Congratulations also to our students who commit to study and work incredibly hard and who deserve great success.

He added: “We’ll welcome back many students into our Sixth Form in September, another new start for them. Alongside that, we’ll also welcome record numbers into year 7. Forge is fast becoming the school of choice in the area and with a Good Ofsted grade and further increases in GCSE and A level pass rates we are going from strength-to-strength.

Dr Lisa Mason, Vice Principal for Key Stage 4, said: “Congratulations to our students who have done so well this year; there is nothing better in education than seeing young people fulfil their potential and I am very proud of the achievements we are seeing today.

Toby Salt, CEO of Ormiston Academies Trust, said: “We would like to congratulate the students for their hard work, there are some lovely success stories at Ormiston Forge Academy today. It is our absolute priority as a Trust to ensure that every student fulfils their potential, no matter what their background and we look forward to building on progress year after year.

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Ormiston Forge Academy Goes From Strength-To-Strength

Posted on Thursday 18th August 2016

Ormiston Forge Academy in Cradley Heath goes from strength-to-strength as students record another outstanding set of A level results in the same year that the Academy is judged as Good by Ofsted.

Students marked yet another year of consistently high academic and personal achievements with 63 per cent earning three or more A level passes (A*-E), a four per cent increase on last year.

In addition, 91 per cent of students passed with two or more A levels and 98 per cent with one or more. This excellent set of results confirms the Academy’s position as one of the top establishments in the area for A level success.

Attainment is mirrored in vocational subjects with students securing excellent results for the wide variety of subjects on offer at Forge. This represents the success Forge has at delivering both pathways, something which it is very proud of.

Average point score per student for A level this year was 692 compared to last year at 627. In vocational subjects the average point score per student this year was 646, compared to last year at 554. Schools are ranked on league tables within each local education authority by the average points score per student at secondary school. A level grade A* scores 300 points, A = 270, B = 240, C = 210, D = 180, E = 150.

There were some outstanding individual performances:
Chris Hall: A*A*A* A
Emily Mahon: A* B B C
Merjam El Tabie Shousha: A A (and three distinction stars at BTEC Level 3)
Fay Hadley: Two distinction stars and a distinction at BTEC Level 3

The following students, picking their AS results up today, also performed with great distinction:
K-Ryan Hinds: A A A A
Eleanor Kendrick: A C A
Iram Qayyum: B C B

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.

Principal Andrew Burns said: “I’m delighted with yet another good set of Key Stage 5 results. On average our students are earning a point score of 208 per entry, this number is the equivalent of a strong C grade, last year this number was 196. By making these gains year-on-year we are showing that we, as an academy, continue to improve and young people who study here, do well.

He added: “In the upcoming weeks and months when the national picture becomes clearer and we are compared to other schools, our positive value-added results will show that we aren’t just a Good school, but we are a school on the path to Ofsted Outstanding.

Vice Principal in charge of Sixth Form, Mr Craig Cooling said: “I’ve nothing but pride and admiration for this group of students who have applied themselves so well and worked so hard for these grades. They are earning places at good universities and securing good jobs; they are well-rounded, capable individuals who have much to contribute to society.

He added: “Sixth Form study at Forge is the best choice for young people to do well; our results show this and Ofsted agrees that our provision is Good. Our Forge family is a strong network of parents, teachers, governors, support staff and students – we all strive for the best and on days like this I offer congratulations to the students and thanks to everyone involved.

Professor Toby Salt, CEO of the sponsor Ormiston Academies Trust added: “It is our absolute priority as a Trust 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 Ormiston Forge Academy is continuing to make progress with some fantastic student achievements this year.

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