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 the staff and children at Horniman and arrangements were made to ensure that the children and staff at both schools had as little disruption as possible. Athough separated throughout the school day, there were planned opportunities for children from both schools to meet, share school experience and talk about their learning. By assisting Horniman Primary School, we are fulfilling STEP’s mission by ensuring that the life chances of all children are improved. We had the capacity to make a difference and we were morally bound to do so in this instance. #STEP Up
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. Not only has AOA been designated STEP Academy Trust’s Teaching School, it is also a National Support School and Tim Mills a National Leader of Education.
Our congratulations go to Tim Mills, Cathie Hewitt and the whole team at AOA, as well as Mark Deacon, formerly Chair of Governors at AOA, who coordinated the application.