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 own tragic experience, they shared a message of hope, reminding our children that they have the power to make a positive difference. Fittingly, the day conclude with a rousing rendition of “United We Stand”, led by the brilliant John Fisher of We Sing U Sing.
A wonderful day was had by all, once again illustrating the power of partnership through STEP.
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 and a Speech and Language Centre (SALC) – the judgment is a remarkable achievement. The Enhanced Learning Provision (ELP), formerly SALC, was singled out for particular praise.
“The ELP is a strength of the school. Pupils make excellent progress here because of the high-quality provision and excellent leadership.”
It was also pleasing that Inspectors recognised the strong support of STEP in partnership with Croydon LA.
“The academy trust has provided very effective support for the academy and works very well alongside colleagues in the local authority, who provide equally effective support. This joint approach is based on the fact that they both see that they are supporting ‘children from Croydon’.”
Congratulations to all the staff, pupils and parents of Applegarth Academy, as well as the extended STEP family.
Applegarth Academy Ofsted Report, March 2015
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 attached to National Support School, Gonville Academy.
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.
On 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.
After months of planning and subsequent building works, Applegarth Academy’s Speech and Language Centre opened its “state-of-the-art” facility. The memorable opening ceremony, which included a video message from Arsenal legend, Ian Wright (pictured right), marked the beginning of a new era for this vital borough-wide service.
Croydon Advertiser Article, Friday 6th June 2014
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.
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.
The STEP Academy Trust is delighted that Gonville Academy has been awarded the 2014 Naace Leadership Impact Award. A prestigious national accolade, it recognises the way in which the Academy’s leadership team has used new technologies to drive the improvement agenda as well as facilitate its partnership work through 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 in partnership, so that our children, staff and Academy communities benefit from excellent teaching, learning and leadership.”
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.