Striving Together for Excellence in Partnership

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STEP Into East Sussex

Over the past five years, STEP Academy Trust has established a strong partnership of seven academies covering three local authorities in South London. Driven by the Trust’s mission – to improve the life chances of all children, where we have the capacity to make a difference – the Board of Trustees has recently committed to…

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Applegarth Academy pupils challenge the depiction of children by charities

As a UNICEF Rights Respecting School, the pupils of Applegarth Academy felt compelled to question the way children are frequently portrayed by charities. Noting the right of every child to be treated with dignity, they wrote to a number of charities expressing their concern over the depiction of children in advertising campaigns. STEP Academy Trust…

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Successful opening of Heathfield Academy

Finally, after navigating many obstacles, Heathfield Academy opened for business. STEP’s seventh partner, opened on it’s temporary site—Robert Fitzroy Academy. The school, part of REAch2 Academy Trust, has very kindly agreed to accommodate Heathfield in its first year of operation, whilst its permanent home is being built. Mrs O’Keefe and Mrs Atkinson (Joint Head Teachers) and their team…

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Inaugral STEP Graduation Day a big success

On Friday 10th July, Year 6 children from across the STEP Trust gathered at Angel Oak Academy to celebrate their individual and collective achievements. Primarily a day of fun, the children engaged in a range of activities including circus skills, singing and sports. The afternoon began with an inspirational talk from Margaret and Barry Mizen, who relayed their son Jimmy’s story.  Through their…

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STEP becomes a London Living Wage Employer

The STEP Academy Trust Board of Directors have made the commitment to become a London Living Wage employer with effect from April 2015.  This means that all directly employed members of staff will be paid the Living Wage as a minimum – currently £9.15 an hour in London.  This is significantly higher than the current…

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Applegarth Academy receives a glowing Ofsted Report

The STEP Academy Trust is delighted that Applegarth Academy has been judged a “good” and “improving” school in its recent Ofsted Inspection. The excellent report highlights the pivotal role of senior leaders, most notably the Headteacher and Deputy, in rigorously driving improvements. Given that Applegarth Academy brought together three previously failing entities – Infants, Juniors…

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STEP Executive Headteacher designated a National Leader of Education

The Trust is delighted that Paul Glover, STEP Executive Headteacher, has been designated a National Leader of Education (NLE). This is deserved recognition for Paul’s excellent work to rapidly improve standards in vulnerable partner schools, including: Applegarth Academy, Wolsey Junior Academy and Angel Oak Academy (formerly Gloucester Primary School). Paul joins Mark Ducker as the second NLE…

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Angel Oak Academy joins STEP

On 1st February 2015, Angel Oak Academy (formerly Gloucester Primary School) joined The STEP Academy Trust. As well as benefiting from full membership of STEP, Angel Oak will join forces with partner STEP Academies to further the mission and vision of the Trust.

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STEP approved as sponsor for Gloucester Primary School

On Wednesday 12th November 2014, the Secretary of State for Education, Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, issued an Academy Order enabling Gloucester Primary School to join STEP as a sponsored academy. In accordance with current requirements, the Trust will organise a period of consultation – 24th November to 16th January – which will seek to engage all key stakeholders. In…

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Gloucester Primary School votes to join STEP

On Tuesday 30th September, the Governing Body of Gloucester Primary School voted unanimously to seek permission from the Department for Education to become an academy sponsored by The STEP Academy Trust. We are delighted that the rapid improvements evident since the start of the partnership earlier this term, persuaded governors that a long-term partnership is in the best interests of…

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