Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

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Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy
Established 2009
Type Academy
Principal Ms Marie McMahon
Location Lower City Road

West Midlands
B69 2HE
52°30′36″N 2°02′24″W / 52.510°N 2.040°W / 52.510; -2.040Coordinates: 52°30′36″N 2°02′24″W / 52.510°N 2.040°W / 52.510; -2.040
Local authority Sandwell
Students 900
Gender Co-educational
Ages 11–18
Houses Da Vinci, Picasso, Shakespeare, Dahl
Colours Blue, Yellow, green, Red, Purple
Website www.ormistonsandwell.org.uk

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy (formerly Tividale Comprehensive school, Tividale high School and Tividale Community Arts College) is an academy for secondary aged pupils located in Tividale, Sandwell, in the West Midlands of England.

The school was built in 1956 as The Tividale School to serve the expanding Tividale area which by this date had expanded beyond Tipton's borders into Dudley.,[1] and since then has undergone several changes of status and name alongside building expansion. On its opening, it was one of the first comprehensive schools in Britain.

As of 2009, the school became an academy sponsored by the Ormiston Academies Trust. The school was then renamed Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy.[2] Today, the school serves pupils living in the Oldbury, Tipton and Rowley Regis areas of Sandwell.

In 2013 the academy started a 2-year build programme which saw over £10 million spent on a mixture of new build, remodelling and refurbishment as well as enhancing IT provision and student areas. In 2017 a further £2.5 million project was undertaken to renovate the last teaching block up to the same standard. This is planned to open in September 2017 and will allow the further expansion of the academy as it's student numbers continue to grow.

The school has been full and oversubscribed for new students starting in year 7 for three years running.

As of May 2015, the school is rated as 'Good' by Ofsted.

In March 2017 the school was designated as a National Support School by the Department of Education. The school will support other schools facing challenging circumstances. The Executive Principal, Marie McMahon, was also designated as a National Leader of Education.


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  2. ^ "Ormiston academies". Ormiston Academies Trust. Retrieved 2013-07-08.