The name STEP, an acronym, reflects the aspirational nature of the organisation –
Inspired by the commitment to improve children’s life chances, STEP Academies work together to provide high quality learning experiences for all their pupils.
“STEP First” is the notion that, first and foremost, everyone is committed to being part of The STEP Academy Trust. All governors must be fully aligned to the Trust’s Mission and Vision. Although serving one or more particular Academies, governors are members of the wider STEP team. We are all one team, in one organisation, working towards the same goal: to be outstanding in all we do – STEP First!
STEP Governance Structure
Recent changes introduced by the Department for Education (DfE) allow academy trusts to establish a strategic governing body that is responsible for two or more academies.
Composition of the Strategic Governing Bodies (SGB)
In order to be functional, the composition of any SGB responsible for two Academies within The STEP Academy Trust must meet the following maximum criteria:
- Parent x2 (elected, ideally one from each Academy)
- Staff x2 (Headteachers)
- Staff x2 (elected, ideally one from each Academy)
- Board of Trustees Representative x1
- STEP Governors x5
- Temporary Co-Opted Governors (according to need)
Where an SGB covers just one Academy, the minimum membership will be:
- 1 Headteacher Governor
- 1 Staff Governor
- 1 Parent Governor
- 3 Co-opted Governors (i.e. appointed by the SGB)
It is the belief of the Board of Trustees that this new governance structure, underpinned by sound principles, will make best use of our strengths, will address our challenges and will provide the framework for each of our Academies to become Outstanding at the next opportunity.