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South London Academies

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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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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The positive impact of partnership working

The STEP Academy Trust is based on the premise that working in close collaboration significantly strenghtens the individual partners. The positive impact of school-to-school partnerships on school improvement is increasingly recognised both locally and nationally.  So we were delighted that a recent article in the Croydon Advertiser recognised the impact a number of partnerships, including STEP, are having on school…

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Head Teacher appointed for David Livingstone Academy

On Friday 3rd February 2012, The STEP Academy Trust directors appointed Claire Slade (pictured right) Headteacher of David Livingstone Academy. Currently working as Head of School, she will take up the position of Headteacher in September 2012 when Mark Ducker (Headteacher of Gonville Academy) ends his tenure as Executive Headteacher. An excellent appointment for David…

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STEP partnership with Applegarth Junior School

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…

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