La Fontaine Academy opens for business

La Fontaine Academy, September 2014On Thursday 11th September, after months of meticulous planning,  La Fontaine Academy finally opened on its temporary site in Bromley. With just four classes (two reception, a year 1 and year 2) the Academy will start small, and grow to a roll of up to 630 pupils. As the name would suggest, La Fontaine Academy will offer a French specialism which will enrich the work of The STEP Academy Trust.

Over the coming months headteacher, Sebastien Chapleau, will work with Bromley Council, the EFA and the DfE, to identify a suitable permanent home for STEP’s newest partner.

STEP a finalist in the 2014 EducationInvestor Awards

Awards2014FINALISTThe STEP Academy Trust is delighted to have been selected as a finalist in the 2014 EducationInvestor Awards. These prestigious awards are designed to promote excellence and innovation in the education sector. STEP has been shortlisted in the category, “School Operator – Academy Chain”. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday 13th November.

We are grateful to strategic partner, Future Education Ltd, for sponsoring the Trust’s attendance. Having supported STEP’s recruitment needs to great effect,  particularly at Applegarth Academy and Wolsey Junior Academy, we are delighted to share this memorable evening with them.

STEP enters into partnership with Gloucester Primary School

Tim MillsOver the past few months, STEP has been building its capacity in readiness for future partnership working. As part of this process, Tim Mills (pictured right) was appointed STEP Headteacher. Tim is currently leading a successful teaching school in Wandsworth and will be a valuable addition to the STEP Leadership Team when he joins our Trust in September.

At the start of next academic year, following a request from the governing body, STEP directors have agreed to provide leadership support for Gloucester Primary School in Peckham. Tim will work alongside the Headteacher, Simon Elledge, focusing on improving teaching and learning. In addition to his part-time role at Gonville Academy, Paul Glover will offer further support as Executive Headteacher.

Enhanced Learning Provision opens at Applegarth Academy

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La Fontaine Academy to join STEP

A little over a month ago, The STEP Academy Trust was approached by a group seeking anew sponsor to support their French specialist free school. Sebastien

Led by a dynamic Headteacher,  Sebastien Chapleau (pictured right) the group demonstrated that they share the vision of STEP and, as a result, directors felt a partnership would not only benefit their school, but also complement the work of our Trust. Located in Bromley, La Fontaine Academy will open in September 2014,  initially with four classes. Over a period of six years, it will grow to provide places for up to 630 pupils.

Wolsey Junior Academy joins STEP

STEP Family TreeFrom the outset, STEP’s partnership with Wolsey enjoyed overwhelming support, particularly from parents. So we were delighted when on Friday 1st November, Wolsey Junior Academy joined Applegarth Academy, David Livingstone Academy and Gonville Academy as the fourth member of our Trust.

In keeping with the Trust’s mission, STEP partners will continue to, “strive together for excellence in partnership, so that our children, staff and Academy communities benefit from excellent teaching, learning and leadership.”

“Dramatic impact” praised by Ofsted

Only three weeks into the new academic year, Ofsted visited Wolsey to assess the school’s progress since being placed in special measures nine months earlier. Given the very poor KS2 SATs results, a judgement of “inadequate progress” seemed the most likely outcome. However, we were delighted when the inspection team concluded  that, “reasonable progress” had been made based on the dramatic improvements of the previous fifteen days. Mr Glover and Mr Evans were singled out for particular praise:

“The Executive Headteacher and the Head of School have had a dramatic impact on the school, in a very short period of time……… There is a sense of urgency and speed about the work being undertaken.”

This tremendous achievement is further evidence of the transformational power of partnership through STEP.

On Friday 1st November, Wolsey Junior School converted to become Wolsey Junior Academy, a sponsored partner of The STEP Academy Trust.


2014-2015 School Direct teacher training places available

The STEP Academy Trust has five salaried places available for the 2014 – 2015 School Direct teacher training programme; four general primary (ages 5 – 11), and one EYFS / KS1 specific. Working in partnership with EQualitas, we are looking for five exceptional people to join us as trainee teachers. Preference will be given to candidates with:

  • Grades B and above in English, Maths and Science and A – C grades at A-level.
  • A 2:1 honours degree or better.
  • Experience of working in a school.

Candidates need to show that they are:

  • Resilient, creative, have an affinity with children, are independent learners,      self-motivated, organised, responsive to feedback, enjoy learning, are able to cope with setbacks, show initiative.
  • Have found out about the realities of teaching, the curriculum, and made an      informed decision whether to train for primary or secondary.
  • Candidates should have the potential to gain a postgraduate academic qualification (PGCE at Masters level).

Applications open on Thursday 21st November via the UCAS website.  However, interested candidates are invited to forward their CVs prior to this date. Please forward CVs or send any enquiries to:

To arrange a visit to one of our schools, please contact Cheryl Gilbert, the STEP Academy company secretary, on 0208 684 4006.

For more information about the application process and to apply, please visit the UCAS website:

For more information about our training provider, go to the EQualitas website:

To find out more about the School Direct programme go to: