Ormiston Forge Academy

Name Ormiston Forge Academy
Website http://www.ormistonforgeacademy.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 22 March 2016
Address Wrights Lane, Cradley Heath, West Midlands, B64 6QU
Phone Number 01384566598
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1497 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.9
Academy Sponsor Ormiston Academies Trust
Local Authority Sandwell
Percentage Free School Meals 23.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 10.4%

Information about this school

Ormiston Forge Academy is a larger than average secondary school and has a sixth form. It has held academy status since 2011 and is part of Ormiston Academies Trust. The majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is above average. The proportion who speak English as an additional language is above average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs or disability is average. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for support through the pupil premium is above the national average. The pupil premium is extra funding given to schools to support pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, or who are looked after by the local authority. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress by the end of Year 11. Since the last inspection, there has been a significant turnover in teaching staff and new leaders have taken on a range of new responsibilities. The school does not use any alternative provision for its pupils. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. Ofsted_Logo_Black_RGB

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The school has made significant improvements since the last inspection and pupils are now making good progress across a range of subjects. The governing body and multi-academy trust know the school well and have played a key role in improving standards. The principal and his senior leadership team have worked tirelessly to improve the quality of education that is provided for pupils. Pupils enjoy teaching that is consistently good or better in nearly all subjects. This is because : school leaders have organised effective training for teachers that has helped them to develop and improve. Teachers have strong subject knowledge and successfully convey this to pupils, which helps them to fully understand the work. The school has successfully developed pupils’ literacy skills across the curriculum. Teachers regularly check the progress made by pupils in lessons and when assessing their written work. They provide useful guidance to help pupils to improve their work. Pupils and learners across the school speak enthusiastically about their experience of attending school and of the opportunities they are provided with. Pupils behave in a mature and responsible way. They enjoy positive relationships with each other and with school staff. Teachers provide useful guidance and good support for pupils. As a result, pupils feel well cared for and safe. The school has successfully narrowed gaps in achievement between disadvantaged pupils and others, particularly in key stage 3. Learners enrolled in 16–19 study programmes make good progress and are well prepared for the next stage in their education, employment or training. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Progress made by pupils in mathematics has improved, but is still not as rapid as that in English and other curriculum subjects. The school has taken action to improve teaching for the most-able pupils, but this needs to develop further. Assessment arrangements in key stage 3 do not match the increased expectations of the school’s curriculum. Ofsted_Logo_Black_RGB