Striving Together for Excellence in Partnership

The STEP Academy Trust

Statement from STEP Academy Trust Board of Trustees: “It was announced on Friday 16th June that Mark Ducker, CEO of STEP Academy Trust, has been awarded an OBE in The Queen’s Birthday 2017 Honours List, for services to education. Mark is the inspiration behind STEP and it was his deep sense of moral purpose and…

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Inaugral STEP Graduation Day a big success

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…

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STEP becomes a London Living Wage Employer

The STEP Academy Trust Board of Directors have made the commitment to become a London Living Wage employer with effect from April 2015.  This means that all directly employed members of staff will be paid the Living Wage as a minimum – currently £9.15 an hour in London.  This is significantly higher than the current…

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Applegarth Academy receives a glowing Ofsted Report

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…

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STEP Executive Headteacher designated a National Leader of Education

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…

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Angel Oak Academy joins STEP

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.

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STEP approved as sponsor for Gloucester Primary School

On Wednesday 12th November 2014, the Secretary of State for Education, Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, issued an Academy Order enabling Gloucester Primary School to join STEP as a sponsored academy. In accordance with current requirements, the Trust will organise a period of consultation – 24th November to 16th January – which will seek to engage all key stakeholders. In…

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Gloucester Primary School votes to join STEP

On Tuesday 30th September, the Governing Body of Gloucester Primary School voted unanimously to seek permission from the Department for Education to become an academy sponsored by The STEP Academy Trust. We are delighted that the rapid improvements evident since the start of the partnership earlier this term, persuaded governors that a long-term partnership is in the best interests of…

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La Fontaine Academy opens for business

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…

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STEP a finalist in the 2014 EducationInvestor Awards

The STEP Academy Trust is delighted to have been selected as a finalist in the 2014 EducationInvestor Awards. These prestigious awards are designed to promote excellence and innovation in the education sector. STEP has been shortlisted in the category, “School Operator – Academy Chain”. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday 13th…

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