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
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.
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
Following a request from Croydon Local Authority, The STEP Academy Trust directors have agreed to enter into a supportive partnership with Applegarth Junior School. The school is currently without a Headteacher and is in need of immediate support, particularly on-site leadership.
Paul Glover (pictured right), who was appointed to lead the next STEP Academy, took up the position of Applegarth Junior School Headteacher from January 2012. Although Mr Glover remains employed by the Trust, he will be based at the New Addington school for the duration of the partnership. The partnership will be reviewed in April 2012.
Croydon Advertiser Article, Tuesday 24th January 2012