We are pleased that, following the rigorous two-day inspection, Ofsted judged Burfield Academy to be Good, with Outstanding for leadership and management, behaviour and attitudes and personal development.
The report reflects the high quality provision that STEP has been able to achieve. Inspectors recognised that Burfield has undergone significant changes since joining STEP: “Leaders’ relentless drive for improvement continues to propel the school forward. The expertise provided by the trust has helped to support, train and develop staff so that everyone has the tools they need to do their best for the pupils.”
The behaviour of the children was also recognised, something staff have continuously worked on: “Pupils’ behaviour in classes and around the school is excellent. Leaders have carefully considered how to help pupils grow into responsible citizens.”
Particular praise should be reserved for the outstanding leadership of Mrs King and her senior team, brilliantly supported by Mr Meek.
The STEP Team at Burfield Academy will continue working with passion and urgency to build on this tremendous achievement and continue the trajectory of improvement.
Congratulations to all the staff, pupils and parents of Burfield Academy, as well as the extended STEP family.
We are delighted that STEP Academy Trust was named winner in the Outstanding Governance in a Multi Academy Trust category at the National Governance Association’s (NGA) Outstanding Governance Awards 2021 on Thursday 9 September.
This award reflects the recognition of our collective approach to governance at STEP; judges were impressed by the Board’s solid strategic approach and healthy culture as well as the ongoing reflection about the effectiveness of its practice. They also recognised the Board’s development of our trust-wide Roadmap to Becoming an Anti-Racist Organisation, underlining STEP’s commitment to equality and social justice.
Our thanks go to STEP’s tireless group of volunteer Members, Trustees and Academy Committee members for their support, dedication and civic duty to the staff, children and communities we serve. But also, we couldn’t achieve any of this without the exceptional support of the Governance, Executive and Leadership Teams.
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