Striving Together for Excellence in Partnership

The STEP Academy Trust

STEP enters into partnership with Gloucester Primary School

Over the past few months, STEP has been building its capacity in readiness for future partnership working. As part of this process, Tim Mills (pictured right) was appointed STEP Headteacher. Tim is currently leading a successful teaching school in Wandsworth and will be a valuable addition to the STEP Leadership Team when he joins our…

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Enhanced Learning Provision opens at Applegarth Academy

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  

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La Fontaine Academy to join STEP

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…

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Gonville Academy wins Naace Leadership Impact Award

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.

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STEP to sponsor a new Croydon school

The STEP Academy Trust is delighted to have been chosen as sponsor for the new primary school at Spices Yard/Aberdeen Rd. Consistent with the Trust’s commitment – to improve the life chances of all children – this gives STEP an opportunity, in partnership with Croydon Council, to deliver an outstanding new educational provision.

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Wolsey Junior Academy joins 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…

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“Dramatic impact” praised by Ofsted

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…

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2014-2015 School Direct teacher training places available

The STEP Academy Trust has five salaried places available for the 2014 – 2015 School Direct teacher training programme; four general primary (ages 5 – 11), and one EYFS / KS1 specific. Working in partnership with EQualitas, we are looking for five exceptional people to join us as trainee teachers. Preference will be given to…

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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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