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STEP to sponsor a new Croydon school

The STEP Academy Trust is delighted to have been chosen as sponsor for the new primary school at Spices Yard/Aberdeen Rd. Consistent with the Trust’s commitment – to improve the life chances of all children – this gives STEP an opportunity, in partnership with Croydon Council, to deliver an outstanding new educational provision.

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Wolsey Junior Academy joins STEP

From 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…

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“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…

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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…

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Partnership with Wolsey Junior School features on BBC Breakfast

On Tuesday 10th September, STEP’s partnership with Wolsey Junior School featured on BBC Breakfast. The report – “What happens if a school is failing?” –  examined the positive impact of STEP’s model of school-to-school collaboration. In addition, the item highlighted inflexibilities in the current Ofsted Framework which may be discouraging outstanding providers from supporting vulnerable schools. What happens if…

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Reported “exodus” of teachers at Wolsey Junior School

The STEP Academy Trust was disappointed by recent reports in local and national newspapers regarding staff changes at Wolsey Junior School. In response, the directors have highlighted the following facts for the record: Wolsey Junior School was put into special measures in February of this year, following an Ofsted Inspection that found the children were not receiving the standard…

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Wolsey Junior School votes to join The STEP Academy Trust

On Tuesday 30th April, the Governing Body of Wolsey Junior School voted to seek permission from the Department for Education to become an academy sponsored by The STEP Academy Trust. The decision followed a series of meetings seeking the views of the wider school community. The next stage is for the Secretary of State to consider the request.…

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Applegarth becomes the third STEP Academy

On Tuesday 2nd April 2013, Applegarth School converted to become Applegarth Academy, joining David Livingstone Academy and Gonville Academy as a full member of The STEP Academy Trust. Applegarth’s conversion formalises the successful partnership with STEP, which began in January 2012.  

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Potential new partnership between STEP and Wolsey Junior School

Following an invitation by the Governing Body of Wolsey Junior School, the directors of the Trust have entered into discussions about a possible partnership arrangement with the school. Earlier this term, Wolsey was placed in “Special Measures” by Ofsted. The Department for Education has indicated that it supports, in principle, the idea of STEP acting as…

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