Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy students welcome the opening of new building

Published 26th September 2017

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy students with Executive Principal, Marie McMahon

Students and staff at Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy (OSCA) in Tividale are celebrating as they officially open another new state-of-the-art teaching block on their site at Lower City Road. 

This comes after major work that took place at the academy in 2015 to build new teaching facilities and have a 1950s block demolished. 
 
Sandwell Council has invested nearly £2.7m has on this final phase of transforming the school to accommodate the increase in demand for secondary school places in Sandwell.
 
The new building has increased the capacity at the academy by 150 meaning there will eventually be 1,050 students at OSCA. 
 
OSCA is now full and oversubscribed for the fourth consecutive year. Work on the main building was completed in August 2017 and means the academy can now cater comfortably for its increasing popularity. 
 
The building boasts several classrooms, offices and a learning plaza to help complement the students’ learning. 
 
The academy, graded as “Good” by Ofsted, has recently been recognised as a National Support School, a status which recognises exemplary school leadership and a strong track record of providing effective school-to-school support. 
 
OSCA has also just celebrated its best ever set of results this summer, with a continuing trend of year on year improvement. 
 
Executive Principal, Marie McMahon, said: “The good news and celebrations just keep on coming here at OSCA. I am so pleased and proud that our students now have such a fantastic, spacious and beautifully equipped learning environment. 
 
“This, coming just after our best set of results ever, underpinned by all the superb hard work of students, staff and our community, is yet another positive milestone on our school journey towards outstanding.”
 
Councillor Simon Hackett, cabinet member for children's services at Sandwell Council, said: "In recent years, we have concentrated on making extra places available at primary school. 
 
"Now we are seeing an increase in demand for secondary school places and I'm really pleased we were able to provide OSCA with a much needed, state-of-the-art building."