Striving Together for Excellence in Partnership


A community of schools uniting together to make one team.


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 community 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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STEP Newsletter July 2019

Breakwater Graded Good by Ofsted

At the beginning of the Summer term, Breakwater Academy was visited by Ofsted; the school’s first inspection since joining STEP Academy Trust in September 2016. We are pleased to confirm that, following the rigorous two-day inspection, Ofsted judged Breakwater Academy to be Good. Previously, the school had only ever received Inadequate and Requires Improvement ratings.…

Hawkes Farm Academy judged Good with Outstanding features

At the beginning of this term, Hawkes Farm Academy was inspected by Ofsted, the school’s first inspection since joining STEP in September 2016. We are pleased to confirm that, following the rigorous two-day inspection, Ofsted judged Hawkes Farm Academy to be Good with Outstanding features.  Inspectors recognised that the school has undergone significant changes since…

Come back to teaching with STEP and Octavo

STEP and Octavo are working in partnership to support ex-teachers, who are looking to return to education. Full details are available here.

Tudor Academy judged Good by Ofsted

Last term Tudor Academy was visited by Ofsted, their first inspection since Wolsey Junior and Wolsey Infant and Nursery Schools were amalgamated in September 2018. We are pleased to confirm that, following the rigorous two-day inspection, Ofsted judged Tudor Academy to be Good in all areas.  Inspectors recognised that the school has undergone significant changes…

Applegarth Academy confirmed Good by Ofsted

As Applegarth was judged Good at its last Ofsted, it was the subject of a short, one-day inspection designed to determine whether the school continues to offer a high quality education. We are, therefore, delighted to share Ofsted’s conclusion that Applegarth has “demonstrated strong practice and marked improvement in specific areas”. This is the best…

STEP First Conference – #Unity

On Friday 15 February 2019 our second STEP First Conference was held at The Copthorne Hotel Effingham Gatwick. Around 700 members of staff, governors and trustees from our STEP community came together with the aim of everyone having a greater understanding of our STEP Compass, especially the first point STEP First. With videos of children,…

MP visit to Hailsham

On Friday 1 February, we were delighted that Nusrat Ghani, MP for Wealden, visited White House Academy following the impressive results at Phoenix and White House in 2018.  Visitors were impressed with the behaviour and positive attitude of the children who are obviously thriving and enjoying their learning.   The support of colleagues from across our…

Applegarth Academy in top 10 schools in England

We are delighted that Applegarth Academy has been ranked 7th out of nearly 15,000 schools in England by The Real Schools Guide 2018.  Designed to offer a much fuller picture of education than standard league tables, schools are measured on 44 different areas to allow for a full and fair picture of a school’s performance.…

STEP Academy Trust awarded National Teaching School status – with a specific remit to support in East Sussex

STEP Academy Trust, has been selected to become a National Teaching School with a focus of support in East Sussex, where STEP has six academies. This recognition has been awarded based on the fantastic educational performance of STEP’s Angel Oak Academy in Peckham, which achieved the prestigious grading of Ofsted Outstanding in October 2017. Introduced…

Phoenix Academy tops the 2018 Hailsham primary school league table

Staff and pupils at Phoenix Academy in Hailsham are celebrating, following the publication of important Primary School test results by the Government. With 71% of children achieving the required standard in both the English and Maths tests, Phoenix Academy is now the top performing school in Hailsham. It’s an even more amazing achievement given that…

STEP Newsletter December 2018

Turnham hosts Horniman

As one of the biggest primary schools in Lewisham, Turnham Academy were asked by the local authority to provide emergency support for another local school in need of help. Horniman Primary School in Forest Hill had unfortunately experienced extreme water damage and were unable to use their building for 2 days.  Turnham agreed to welcome…

Angel Oak designated STEP Teaching School

We are delighted that Tim Mills, Executive Teacher at Angel Oak Academy has received the wonderful news that Angel Oak Academy’s application to develop a STEP Teaching School has been successful. The proposal involved developing a STEP Teaching School focused on East Sussex and had the full support of the local authority and the RSC.…

Wolsey Infant & Nursery School and Wolsey Junior Academy amalgamation

On 1st September 2018, we were pleased that our two Wolsey Academies have formally amalgamated to become one and renamed Tudor Academy.    The name makes reference to the historical links in the New Addington area to the Tudor period. By working as one, our children now have the continuity of education and expectations of STEP…

Retirement of STEP senior governance clerk

Carol Fagan, STEP Senior Governance Clerk, has made the decision to retire from STEP; having been a valued member of staff for over 20 years. Previously providing excellent clerking services for Gonville, Carol has given her expert knowledge and wisdom throughout the conversion process into STEP Academy Trust. Carol has been clerking for the Board…

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…

STEP Newsletter July 2018

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