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STEP CEO Mark Ducker receives OBE

“It was announced on Friday 16th June that Mark Ducker, CEO of STEP Academy Trust, has been awarded an OBE in The Queen’s Birthday 2017 Honours List, for services to education.  Mark is the inspiration behind STEP and it was his deep sense of moral purpose and vision which brought it into existence. This award…

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Wolsey Infant and Nursery School join STEP

On the 1st September, STEP Academy Trust were pleased to welcome Wolsey Infant & Nursery School as the 14th member of the STEP family.  Whilst the pupils were enjoying a well-earned summer break, the STEP Central team were hard at work to join the infant and junior school (already part of STEP) together. This work…

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Statement from STEP Academy Trust Board of Trustees: “It was announced on Friday 16th June that Mark Ducker, CEO of STEP Academy Trust, has been awarded an OBE in The Queen’s Birthday 2017 Honours List, for services to education. Mark is the inspiration behind STEP and it was his deep sense of moral purpose and…

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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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