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 in 2011, teaching schools are excellent schools that work with partner schools in an alliance to provide high quality school-led initial teacher training and professional development opportunities for teachers at all stages of their career.

Teaching schools take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession. They identify and develop leadership potential, provide support for other schools to bring about school improvement, and work with schools across their teaching school alliance to raise standards of teaching.

They raise standards through supporting other schools, especially those in challenging circumstances, and ensure that the most talented school leaders are spotted and supported to become successful headteachers.

STEP Academy Trust operate 8 schools in South London and 6 in East Sussex. During the last academic year, three schools were awarded the prestigious ‘Outstanding’ rating by Ofsted, who praised the Trust’s approach of working together as one team and described it as pivotal in ensuring success.

Executive Headteacher Tim Mills said: “To have the support that Angel Oak Academy has been providing across a number of regions recognised with this designation is a credit to the exceptional staff at the academy.”

The Department for Education (DfE) has responsibility, in partnership with headteachers from the Teaching Schools Council, for the appointment of teaching schools and the quality of the teaching schools programme. There are now 800 teaching schools across England.

Lord Agnew, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System, said:

“I’d like to congratulate Angel Oak Academy – they should be very proud of this achievement.

“Teaching schools are supporting other schools, attracting and training the best new teachers and developing the next generation of leaders.”

The new Teaching School will have a specific remit, to support schools in East Sussex.

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 three years ago the school was threatened with closure for ‘unacceptably low standards’.

In a short space of time, Phoenix Academy, which is part of STEP Academy Trust, has had a tremendous impact on children’s learning. The progress children make from when they enter to when they leave, has established Phoenix Academy as one of England’s top performing Primary Schools.

Alun Evans, the Academy’s Headteacher said “We put children at the centre of everything we do. These results show that the children at Phoenix Academy have the knowledge and ability to start secondary school ready to learn and make even greater progress. Working together with professionals across all STEP academies we are able to provide an excellent education for the children and ensure they can aim high in terms of further education and future careers”.

Chair of Governors, Sarah Hall said, “We are incredibly proud of what our children have achieved since STEP took over from the troubled Lilac Sky Schools Academy Trust in January 2017. We receive fantastic support from the STEP team and the children are really feeling the benefit of becoming part of the wider family of STEP schools”.

The school is currently recruiting pupils for the 2019 Reception Class intake. If you would like to visit and tour the school please email joinus@stepacademytrust.org or phone 01323 841615.

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Burcher Gale Grove
London
SE15 6FL

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East Sussex
BN9 9UT

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Hawks Road
East Sussex
BN27 1ND

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Burfield Academy
Oaklands Way
Hailsham
BN27 3NW

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High Cliff Academy
Southdown Road
Newhaven
BN9 9FD

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Phoenix Academy
Marshfoot Lane
Hailsham
BN27 2PH

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01323 841 420
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White House Academy
Marshfoot Lane
Hailsham
BN27 2FB

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01323 841 615
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