STEP Governance

  • Members: guardians of STEP Academy Trust, their role is similar to that of shareholders of a limited company.
  • Trustees: the legal powers and responsibilities of the Trust are held with the STEP Board of trustees who are accountable to the Department for Education.

    As a group, the Board set the overall strategic direction of the Trust. They scrutinise, challenge and support our educational and operational performance data, stability, and emerging risks/opportunities.

    Accordingly, the Board delegate certain powers and duties to Academy Committees. This is explained in our Scheme of Delegation.
  • Executive Team: comprised of the Chief Executive Officer, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial and Operations Officer, Director of Effectiveness and Performance, Director of Teaching and Learning, Director of Leadership Development and Director of Operations.

    Their role is to design and implement a strategic development plan, the STEP Compass, which will enable the mission and vision of the Trust to be achieved.
  • STEP Senior Leadership Team: comprised of the Executive Team, Executive Headteachers, Headteachers and Heads of School, and the Heads of Service.

    Guided by the STEP Compass, they are responsible for developing and implementing Academy Improvement Plans and Service Improvement Plans, so that all parts of the organisation achieve the STEP Standard.
  • Academy Committees: provide support and challenge to Academy Leadership Teams as the Academy implements policies and improvement plan priorities.

    Academy Committees have a vital role to play in providing assurance to the Trustees that the standards they and the Executive Team set are being met and that resources are used efficiently to give every child the best possible education.

    They also play a key role in ensuring all our academies are at the heart of their local communities.
  • Academy Leadership Team: comprised of the Executive Headteacher, Headteacher, Head of School, Deputy Head, Assistant Head (where applicable), SENDCO and Business Manager.

    This team is responsible for the performance and management of the Academy.
  • “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 excellent in all we do – STEP First!

    As a charitable company limited by guarantee, STEP Academy Trust is defined by a number of key documents including: Articles of Association, Schemes of Delegation and Funding Agreements. In addition, the Trust is required to make public its accounts which are audited annually.

    Meet Our People

    Executive Team


    Central Team


    Board of Trustees



    Strategic Partners

    These valued partners help STEP Academy Trust in a number of ways, supporting us with their expertise.

    Our History

    2011
    April 21

    STEP Incorporated

    STEP Incorporated
    STEP Academy Trust is incorporated with Gonville Academy, Croydon.
    August 1

    David Livingstone Academy joins STEP

    David Livingstone Academy joins STEP
    David Livingstone Academy, Croydon joins STEP Academy Trust.
    2013
    April 1

    Applegarth Academy Joins STEP

    Applegarth Academy Joins STEP
    Applegarth Academy, Croydon joins STEP Academy Trust.
    November 1

    Wolsey Junior Academy Joins STEP

    Wolsey Junior Academy Joins STEP
    Wolsey Junior Academy, Croydon joins STEP Academy Trust.
    2014
    September 11

    La Fontaine Academy Joins STEP

    La Fontaine Academy Joins STEP
    La Fontaine Academy opened by STEP Academy Trust as a Free School.
    2015
    February 2

    Angel Oak Academy Joins STEP

    Angel Oak Academy Joins STEP
    Angel Oak Academy, Southwark joins STEP Academy Trust.
    September 1

    Heathfield Academy Joins STEP

    Heathfield Academy Joins STEP
    Heathfield Academy opened by STEP Academy Trust as a targeted basic needs school.
    2016
    September 1

    Hawkes Farm Academy & Breakwater Academy Join STEP

    Hawkes Farm Academy & Breakwater Academy Join STEP
    Hawkes Farm Academy and Breakwater Academy, East Sussex join STEP Academy Trust.
    2017
    January 1

    Burfield Academy, High Cliff Academy, Phoenix Academy & White House Academy Join STEP

    Burfield Academy, High Cliff Academy, Phoenix Academy & White House Academy Join STEP
    Burfield Academy, High Cliff Academy, Phoenix Academy and White House Academy rebrokered from Lilac Sky Schools Academy Trust.
    September 1

    Wolsey Infant and Nursery Academy Join STEP

    Wolsey Infant and Nursery Academy Join STEP
    Wolsey Infant and Nursery Academy, Croydon joins STEP Academy Trust.
    2018
    January 9

    Wolsey Infants and Wolsey Junior Academy Form Tudor Academy

    Wolsey Infants and Wolsey Junior Academy Form Tudor Academy
    Wolsey Infants & Wolsey Junior Academy amalgamate forming Tudor Academy.
    August 1

    Turnham Academy Joins STEP

    Turnham Academy Joins STEP
    Turnham Academy joins STEP Academy Trust.
    2020
    May 1

    Benedict Academy, Park Academy & Westbridge Academy Join STEP

    Benedict Academy, Park Academy & Westbridge Academy Join STEP
    Benedict Academy, Park Academy and Westbridge Academy join STEP Academy Trust.