Ormiston Forge Academy Prize Giving 2014

Cradley Heath parents, teachers, students and the Chief Executive of UCAS gathered at Champions Church in Netherton on Tuesday for a night of celebration at the annual Ormiston Forge Academy Prize Giving ceremony.

Over 200 students from Ormiston Forge Academy were recognised for outstanding achievements in a wide range of academic and social aspects of school life. As part of the school’s drive to improve literacy skills, especially reading, every prize winner received a national book token.

The guests of honour both provided rousing speeches. Mary Curnock Cook OBE, Chief Executive of UCAS, the organisation that manages applications to higher education courses in the UK presented students with the community awards. Rob Whitehouse, who is an award winning producer/director with over thirty years of experience in the television industry presented students with sports, house and pastoral awards. The other awards were presented by chair of governors at Forge, Stephen Rayner and the principal, Andrew Burns. The evening was also attended by several high profile business leaders and politicians including MP for Halesowen and Rowley Regis, James Morris MP, and Di Barnes, National Director for Academies at Ormiston Academies Trust.

Chief Executive of UCAS, Mary Curnock Cook OBE said: “Ormiston Forge Academy is a brilliant school and it was wonderful to be part of celebrating their students’ success.

The 830 capacity Champions Church in Netherton was packed to the rafters and throughout the evening the audience were entertained with interludes from performing arts students who sang songs from Fame and Hairspray. The evening concluded with an emotional reading, by students, of For The Fallen by Laurence Binyon, in honour of Remembrance Day.

Principal Andrew Burns said: “What an evening! To be able to celebrate our students in this way makes me very, very proud to lead Ormiston Forge Academy. I send thanks to everyone who came along and congratulations to our prize winners.

He added: “We were delighted and honoured that we were able to attract such distinguished and successful speakers in Mary Curnock Cook and Rob Whitehouse. When a student leaves Forge they are prepared for the outside world – be it employment or higher education; it was apt therefore that our speakers represented the pinnacle of both worlds.

Head Girl: Abbie Horton, Andrew Burns, Mary Curnock Cook OBE, Head Boy: Bradley Joynes

Head Girl: Abbie Horton, Andrew Burns, Mary Curnock Cook OBE, Head Boy: Bradley Joynes

Head Girl: Abbie Horton, Andrew Burns, Rob Whitehouse, Head Boy: Bradley Joynes

Head Girl: Abbie Horton, Andrew Burns, Rob Whitehouse, Head Boy: Bradley Joynes

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