Striving Together for Excellence in Partnership

Effective governance is of paramount importance in ensuring that we remain focussed on our Mission, Vision and Values. To ensure that these are embedded at all levels, we operate under the following structure:


STEP Academy Trust is governed by:

  • Members – guardians of STEP Academy Trust, their role is similar to that of shareholders of a limited company
  • Trustees – appointed by Trustees to oversee the business of STEP, agreeing the overarching strategic direction and ensuring robust governance
  • Executive Team – manage the day to day business of the Trust in line with policies approved by Trustees
  • Strategic Governing Body – provide challenge and support to Academy Leadership Teams as the Academy implements policies and improvement plan priorities
  • Academy Leadership Team – manage the day to day business of an individual academy under the oversight of the Executive Team with challenge and support from the Strategic Governing Body

STEP Governors

“STEP First” is the notion that, first and foremost, everyone is committed to being part of STEP Academy Trust.  All governors must be fully aligned to the Trust’s Mission, Vision and Values.  Although serving one or more particular Academies, governors are members of the wider STEP team.  We are all one team, in one organisation, working towards the same goal:  to be outstanding in all we do – STEP First!

Composition of the Strategic Governing Bodies (SGB)

The Department for Education (DfE) allow academy trusts to establish a strategic governing body that is responsible for two or more academies.

In order to be functional, the composition of any SGB responsible for two Academies within STEP Academy Trust must meet the following maximum criteria:

  • 2 Headteacher Governors, ex-officio (one from each Academy);
  • 2 Staff Governors (1 from each Academy);
  • 2 Parent Governors (1 from each Academy, elected by parents/carers or appointed by the SGB where no-one has stood for election);
  • 6 Co-opted


Where an SGB covers just one academy, the minimum membership will be:

  • 1 Headteacher Governor;
  • 1 Staff Governor;
  • 1 Parent Governor;
  • 3 Co-opted Governors (ie appointed by the SGB).


It is the belief of the Board of Trustees that this governance structure, underpinned by sound principles, make the best use of our strengths, addresses our challenges and will provide the framework for each of our Academies to become Outstanding at the next opportunity.