Ormiston Forge Academy Prize Giving 2015

Cradley Heath parents, teachers, students and the Chief Executive of the Peter Jones Foundation, Alice Barnard, gathered at Champions Church in Netherton recently 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 theme of the evening was happiness and many of the speakers took the opportunity to talk about hard work, achievement and the importance of smiling.

After delivering a rousing and very personal speech, Alice Barnard, Chief Executive the Peter Jones Foundation, the organisation that challenges schoolchildren from all over the UK to develop their own real-life businesses through Tycoon In Schools, presented students with the sport, house, pastoral and community awards.

The other awards were presented by chair of governors at Forge Stephen Rayner, parent governor Sandra Gayle and the principal Andrew Burns.

Alice Barnard said: “I was delighted to speak at Ormiston Forge Academy this week and present some of the students with their hard-earned awards. The academy is signed up to the Peter Jones Enterprise School Award and shares our appreciation of the importance of teaching enterprise and entrepreneurship.

“I’d like to congratulate all of those who received special recognition for their achievements and wish those taking part in this year’s Tycoon in Schools the very best of luck.”

The 800 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 continued the theme of the evening with the songs ‘Happy’ and ‘Oh Happy Day’. The evening concluded with the presentation of the commitment award to Claire Bennett, head of business studies at Forge. Claire’s tireless and determined support of student activities resulted in ten sixth form students attending the final of the Tycoon In Schools competition at Buckingham Palace earlier in the year, where they met Peter Jones CBE and HRH The Duke of York, KG, Patron of The Peter Jones Foundation.

Principal Andrew Burns said: “This has to be the best night of the academy year. To be able to celebrate the achievements of over 200 students with such a large audience is an absolute honour.

He added: “Through Tycoon in School Alice has become a valued and popular friend of the academy. We are incredibly grateful for her encouragement and support. Our theme of happiness is reflected in all we do and Alice is the embodiment of this; students need to understand that mindfulness and a positive attitude is the key to success. We will continue to succeed and we’ll continue to celebrate.”

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