Striving Together for Excellence in Partnership

South London Academies

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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Gonville Academy shortlisted for 2013 Naace ICT Impact Award

On 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…

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David Livingstone Academy tops Croydon KS2 SATs league table

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…

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Applegarth School votes to join The STEP Academy Trust

On Monday 26th November, the Governing Body of Applegarth School voted unanimously to seek permission from the Department for Education to become an academy sponsored by The STEP Academy Trust. The next stage is for the Secretary of State to consider the request. If he agrees, it is anticipated that Applegarth will open as a…

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