Gonville Academy shortlisted for 2013 Naace ICT Impact Award

Naace Impact AwardOn Thursday 31st January, the shortlist for the Naace Impact Awards 2013 was announced. Gonville Academy joins four others on the shortlist for the “Local Community Award”. The judges noted Gonville’s “inspirational ICT leadership and considerable outreach work, with particular focus on school improvement through ICT”.

The STEP Academy Trust requires all partner academies to drive their improvement agendas through the strategic application of new technologies. This accolade provides strong evidence that STEP Academies are harnessing the transformational potential of ICT to improve pupil outcomes.

The winner of each category will be announced at the Naace Strategic Conference in March 2013.

Shortlisted video

The Department for Education approves Applegarth joining The STEP Academy Trust

Applegarth Academy Logo_Page_1Following an application made by the Governing Body of Applegarth School to become an academy sponsored by The STEP Academy Trust, the Secretary of State for Education has agreed in principle to the proposal.  There will now be a period of wider consultation before the school becomes Applegarth Academy on the 1st April 2013.

Details on how to get involved in the consultation have been posted on Applegarth School’s website.

David Livingstone Academy tops Croydon KS2 SATs league table

Ofsted!This year, David Livingstone Academy has been listed as one of the best primary schools in Croydon, with 100% of its pupils achieving L4+ in English and mathematics. This tremendous achievement also places the Academy in the top 5% of schools nationally.

Through the STEP partnership, Applegarth, David Livingstone and Gonville are working incredibly hard to strengthen teaching and accelerate progress. As a result, everyone involved in The STEP Academy Trust is enormously proud of Claire Slade (Headteacher), her team and the children, for this wonderful achievement.

Croydon Advertiser Article, Tuesday 1st January 2013


STEP Academy Trust partnership with ClassMovies

In accordance with The STEP Academy Trust mission – to improve the life chances of all children – sharing best practice is a key element of our work. Through our new partnership with ClassMovies, member academies will be able to use digital media to capture strategies and practices which result in high quality learning. ClassMovies will then facilitates their communication across and beyond the Trust, so as to maximise the potential benefit.

The STEP Academy Trust officially recognised by the DfE as an academy sponsor

Following a thorough assessment process, during which The STEP Academy Trust’s expertise, track record and capacity were considered, the Department for Education has officially approved STEP as an academy sponsor. The designation will make resources available for the Trust to extend its support of vulnerable schools.

We are pleased that the DfE is supportive of The STEP Academy Trust sponsoring Applegarth School. The school community is currently consulting over  the proposal.

New partnership with Applegarth School

Following The STEP Academy Trust’s successful relationship with Applegarth Junior School, the Trust has been asked to extend its partnership to include Applegarth Infant School. From September 2012, the Infant School will be extended to incorporate the Junior School, creating an all-through primary, Applegarth School. The STEP Academy Trust Board of Directors has agreed to extend the supportive partnership to the new school, with Paul Glover continuing as Headteacher.  Later this academic year, Applegarth School community will consult over whether to or not to convert and join The STEP Academy Trust.

Applegarth Junior School jumps from “special measures” to “good” in less than six months

In June 2012, Applegarth Junior School became one of the first schools in the country to move from “special measures” to “good”. The New Addington school’s jump from Ofsted’s lowest category came less than six months after it went into partnership with The STEP Academy Trust.

Samantha Morgan-Price, the HMI leading the inspection, praised the impact of Paul Glover, The STEP Academy Trust Headteacher appointed to lead the school, and the existing Deputy, Alun Evans. “The relentless drive by the senior leadership team, driven by the passionate and highly effective new Headteacher and established Deputy Headteacher, has brought about the considerable changes to pupils’ outcomes”. The support given by the Trust was also highlighted as pivotal. “The excellent partnership with The STEP Academy Trust has resulted in improving teaching, strengthening the capacity at senior and middle leadership and supporting the rapid rise in achievement especially for the more‐able pupils”.

Applegarth Junior School Ofsted Report, June 2012

Croydon Advertiser Article, Monday 23rd July 2012

Gonville Academy judged “good” by Ofsted

Under a new more rigorous Ofsted framework, Gonville Academy was judged to be a “good” school. Graded “good” in all areas, apart from behaviour and safety which was considered “outstanding”, the report is very complimentary about the quality of education offered at the Academy.

It is, however, notable that the framework does not take account of how schools support others. Indeed, Ofsted measures partnerships only in terms of what schools receive rather than what they give. Gonville is currently making representation to the Secretary of State for Education and the Schools Commissioner about the apparent conflict between a key Government policy – that outstanding educational providers should support vulnerable schools – and Ofsted guidelines which do not acknowledge or account for such work. Having worked so successfully in partnership with David Livingstone Academy and Applegarth Junior School, The STEP Academy Trust is concerned that this extraordinary work has not been recognised by Ofsted.

Gonville Academy Ofsted Report, June 2012

Croydon Advertiser Article, Tuesday 24th July 2012

David Livingstone Academy graded a “good school” by Ofsted

In April 2012, David Livingstone Academy was graded a “good school” in its Section 5 Ofsted Inspection. The inspectors noted “rapid improvements” in the Academy’s ethos and pupils’ achievements since the previous inspection and that these had been driven by “inspirational leadership”. “Exceptional outcomes in art, music and sport,” were also highlighted, as was the strong impact of the Rights Respecting School initiative on the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

The report concluded that, “gains made through membership of The STEP Academy Trust, confirm the school’s strong capacity to bring about further improvement”.

David Livingstone Academy Ofsted Report, May 2012

Croydon Advertiser Article, Thursday 31st May 2012