On 1st February 2015, Angel Oak Academy (formerly Gloucester Primary School) joined The STEP Academy Trust. As well as benefiting from full membership of STEP, Angel Oak will join forces with partner STEP Academies to further the mission and vision of the Trust.
In accordance with current requirements, the Trust will organise a period of consultation – 24th November to 16th January – which will seek to engage all key stakeholders. In addition, STEP will work closely with Southwark Local Authority to ensure Gloucester Primary School converts as planned on 1st February 2015.
On Tuesday 30th September, the Governing Body of Gloucester Primary School voted unanimously to seek permission from the Department for Education to become an academy sponsored by The STEP Academy Trust. We are delighted that the rapid improvements evident since the start of the partnership earlier this term, persuaded governors that a long-term partnership is in the best interests of the school. Directors too are in full agreement that extending the STEP family to include Gloucester, will advance the mission and vision of our Trust.
The next stage is for the Secretary of State to consider the request. If approval is given, an Academy Order will be passed and the school community will begin a formal consultation on academy conversion.
Over the past few months, STEP has been building its capacity in readiness for future partnership working. As part of this process, Tim Mills (pictured right) was appointed STEP Headteacher. Tim is currently leading a successful teaching school in Wandsworth and will be a valuable addition to the STEP Leadership Team when he joins our Trust in September.
At the start of next academic year, following a request from the governing body, STEP directors have agreed to provide leadership support for Gloucester Primary School in Peckham. Tim will work alongside the Headteacher, Simon Elledge, focusing on improving teaching and learning. In addition to his part-time role at Gonville Academy, Paul Glover will offer further support as Executive Headteacher.