Striving Together for Excellence in Partnership

The name, an acronym, reflects the aspirational nature of the organisation – Striving Together for Excellence in Partnership. Inspired by the commitment to improve children’s life chances, STEP Academies work together to provide high quality learning opportunities for all their pupils.

Established in May 2011, STEP Academy Trust is comprised of a family of academies across two geographical areas - South London and East Sussex.

 

"Working together as one team across the whole trust creates an environment where people learn from each other and grow together."  - OFSTED May 2018

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Turnham Academy joins STEP

On 1st August 2018, we were pleased that Turnham Primary Foundation School converted to become Turnham Academy and join our STEP family of Academies. Formalising the successful partnership between Turnham and STEP which began in September 2017, John Halliwell, NLE and Head of Leadership Development, will be continuing his role as Executive Headteacher with Davina…

Heathfield Academy winner of building project of the year 2018!

Sponsored by Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield   We were delighted to learn that Heathfield Academy was declared as Winner of Building Project of the Year 2018!   After spending two years in temporary accommodation, the staff and children at Heathfield are proud of their permanent home.  A brand new building, which was redesigned by Willmott Dixon, was completed…

Launch of East Sussex stakeholder survey

Our 6 East Sussex academies have been part of the STEP family for nearly two years and we are really keen to understand how stakeholders feel it’s going.  Whether it’s good news or not, please share your views using the links below: Newhaven STEP Survey Hailsham STEP Survey

High Cliff Academy becomes the third STEP school this year to be judged Outstanding

High Cliff, which joined STEP eighteen months ago, was visited by Ofsted in June 2018 and has been judged Outstanding in all areas.  Headteacher, Abby Kilgarriff, was recognised as providing “exceptional leadership and is unwavering in ensuring that staff and pupils achieve the highest possible standards”.   A growing school, High Cliff consists of early…

Rapid improvements at Burfield Academy praised by Ofsted

Burfield received their first Ofsted inspection last month and inspectors praised the leadership for achieving significant improvement in a short time.   Although Burfield received a judgement of ‘requires improvement’,  leadership and management was judged as Good and inspectors recognised how staff are conspicuously determined to achieve better outcomes for all pupils. In addition to…

Heathfield Academy judged outstanding in first Ofsted inspection

Heathfield Academy was visited by Ofsted last half term – the school’s first inspection since opening in September 2015. We are delighted that Heathfield received a judgement of ‘Outstanding’ in all areas. The strength of Heathfield’s relationship with parents/carers was a significant factor in the overall judgement: “All of the parents who completed the Ofsted…

Consultation to Merge Wolsey Infants and Wolsey Junior Academy

Hopefully you will be aware of all the work that has already gone into bringing the infant and junior schools together. During the summer, we knocked down the dividing wall that ran through the dining hall and physically separated the two schools. Then, in September, we started the academic year with a joint leadership team…

Angel Oak judged as Outstanding by Ofsted

Angel Oak has been judged by Ofsted to be outstanding in all areas, following an inspection on 11th-12th October. The Peckham based academy, formerly Gloucester School, joined STEP in 2015. The academy is exceptionally well led by their Head of School, Catherine Hewitt, who, along with Tim Mills (Head of Teaching and Learning for STEP…

STEP CEO Mark Ducker receives OBE

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 vision which brought it into existence. This award…

Wolsey Infant and Nursery School join STEP

On the 1st September, STEP Academy Trust were pleased to welcome Wolsey Infant & Nursery School as the 14th member of the STEP family.  Whilst the pupils were enjoying a well-earned summer break, the STEP Central team were hard at work to join the infant and junior school (already part of STEP) together. This work…