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. If approval is given, an Academy Order will be passed and the school community will begin a formal consultation on academy conversion.

Potential new partnership between STEP and Wolsey Junior School

WolseyFollowing 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 sponsor for Wolsey Junior School, because of the Trust’s strong record of school improvement.

As well as fitting the mission and vision of The STEP Academy Trust, a partnership with Wolsey Junior School would enable Applegarth School, which joins STEP in April, to collaborate and share staff in much the same way as David Livingstone and Gonville. However, whilst there are many obvious benefits of entering into a supportive partnership with Wolsey Junior School, existing members are assured that the relentless drive to raise standards across our Trust will not be negatively affected. Indeed, STEP requires that all future partnerships enhance our efforts to improve the education we offer all our children.

Croydon Advertiser Article, Friday 8th March 2013


Applications invited for the one remaining 2013-2014 Schools Direct place

The STEP Academy Trust has one remaining place available for the 2013–2014 Schools Direct teacher training programme (salaried). Working in partnership with EQualitas, we are looking for an exceptional person to join us as trainee teachers. Preference will be given to candidates with:

  • Grades B and above in English, Maths and Science, and A–C grades at A-level.
  • A 2:1 honours degree or better.
  • Experience of working in a school.

Candidates need to show that they are:

  • Resilient, creative, have an affinity with children, are independent learners, self-motivated, organised, responsive to feedback, enjoy learning, are able to cope with setbacks, show initiative.
  • Have found out about the realities of teaching, the curriculum, and made an informed decision whether to train for primary or secondary.
  • Candidates should have the potential to gain a postgraduate academic qualification (PGCE at Masters level).

For more information about the application process, please visit the EQualitas website http://www.e-qualitas.org.uk/. The second round of applications closes on Monday 25th February.

If you wish to arrange a visit to one of our Academies, please contact Cheryl Gilbert, The STEP Academy Company Secretary, on 0208 684 4006.

To find out more about the Schools Direct programme and to apply, go to: http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/teacher-training-options/school-based-training/school-direct

Gonville Academy shortlisted for 2013 Naace ICT Impact Award

Naace Impact AwardOn 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 drive their improvement agendas through the strategic application of new technologies. This accolade provides strong evidence that STEP Academies are harnessing the transformational potential of ICT to improve pupil outcomes.

The winner of each category will be announced at the Naace Strategic Conference in March 2013.

Shortlisted video

The Department for Education approves Applegarth joining The STEP Academy Trust

Applegarth Academy Logo_Page_1Following an application made by the Governing Body of Applegarth School to become an academy sponsored by The STEP Academy Trust, the Secretary of State for Education has agreed in principle to the proposal.  There will now be a period of wider consultation before the school becomes Applegarth Academy on the 1st April 2013.

Details on how to get involved in the consultation have been posted on Applegarth School’s website.

David Livingstone Academy tops Croydon KS2 SATs league table

Ofsted!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 and accelerate progress. As a result, everyone involved in The STEP Academy Trust is enormously proud of Claire Slade (Headteacher), her team and the children, for this wonderful achievement.

Croydon Advertiser Article, Tuesday 1st January 2013


STEP Academy Trust partnership with ClassMovies

In accordance with The STEP Academy Trust mission – to improve the life chances of all children – sharing best practice is a key element of our work. Through our new partnership with ClassMovies, member academies will be able to use digital media to capture strategies and practices which result in high quality learning. ClassMovies will then facilitates their communication across and beyond the Trust, so as to maximise the potential benefit.

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. The school community is currently consulting over  the proposal.