STEP Executive Headteacher designated a National Leader of Education

Mr_Paul_GloverThe Trust is delighted that Paul Glover, STEP Executive Headteacher, has been designated a National Leader of Education (NLE). This is deserved recognition for Paul’s excellent work to rapidly improve standards in vulnerable partner schools, including: Applegarth Academy, Wolsey Junior Academy and Angel Oak Academy (formerly Gloucester Primary School). Paul joins Mark Ducker as the second NLE attached to National Support School, Gonville Academy.

Partnership with Wolsey Junior School features on BBC Breakfast

On Tuesday 10th September, STEP’s partnership with Wolsey Junior School featured on BBC Breakfast. The report – “What happens if a school is failing?” –  examined the positive impact of STEP’s model of school-to-school collaboration. In addition, the item highlighted inflexibilities in the current Ofsted Framework which may be discouraging outstanding providers from supporting vulnerable schools.

What happens if a school is failing? – BBC BreakfastScreenshot

Gonville Academy shortlisted for 2013 Naace ICT Impact Award

Naace Impact AwardOn Thursday 31st January, the shortlist for the Naace Impact Awards 2013 was announced. Gonville Academy joins four others on the shortlist for the “Local Community Award”. The judges noted Gonville’s “inspirational ICT leadership and considerable outreach work, with particular focus on school improvement through ICT”.

The STEP Academy Trust requires all partner academies to drive their improvement agendas through the strategic application of new technologies. This accolade provides strong evidence that STEP Academies are harnessing the transformational potential of ICT to improve pupil outcomes.

The winner of each category will be announced at the Naace Strategic Conference in March 2013.

Shortlisted video

Gonville Academy judged “good” by Ofsted

Under a new more rigorous Ofsted framework, Gonville Academy was judged to be a “good” school. Graded “good” in all areas, apart from behaviour and safety which was considered “outstanding”, the report is very complimentary about the quality of education offered at the Academy.

It is, however, notable that the framework does not take account of how schools support others. Indeed, Ofsted measures partnerships only in terms of what schools receive rather than what they give. Gonville is currently making representation to the Secretary of State for Education and the Schools Commissioner about the apparent conflict between a key Government policy – that outstanding educational providers should support vulnerable schools – and Ofsted guidelines which do not acknowledge or account for such work. Having worked so successfully in partnership with David Livingstone Academy and Applegarth Junior School, The STEP Academy Trust is concerned that this extraordinary work has not been recognised by Ofsted.

Gonville Academy Ofsted Report, June 2012

Croydon Advertiser Article, Tuesday 24th July 2012

The positive impact of partnership working

The STEP Academy Trust is based on the premise that working in close collaboration significantly strenghtens the individual partners. The positive impact of school-to-school partnerships on school improvement is increasingly recognised both locally and nationally.  So we were delighted that a recent article in the Croydon Advertiser recognised the impact a number of partnerships, including STEP, are having on school improvement throughout the borough.

Croydon Advertiser Article, Thursday 9th February 2012

Angel Oak Academy
Burcher Gale Grove
London
SE15 6FL

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Beddington Park Academy
Mallison Road
Beddington
CR0 4UL

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0208 688 1390
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David Livingstone Academy
Northwood Road
Croydon
CR7 8HX

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0208 653 4240
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Heathfield Academy
Aberdeen Road
Croydon
CR0 1EQ

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0208 353 4250
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Park Academy
Dorset Road
London
SW19 3EF

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0208 542 3365
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Turnham Academy
Turnham Road
Brockley
SE4 2HH

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0207 639 0440
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Applegarth Academy
New Addington
Croydon
CR0 9DL

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01689 841 528
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Benedict Academy
Church Rd
Mitcham
CR4 3BE

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0208 648 4726
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Gonville Academy
Gonville Road
Croydon
CR7 6DL

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0208 684 4006
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La Fontaine Academy
Nightingale Lane
Bromley
BR1 2SQ

TELEPHONE:
0208 353 4160
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Tudor Academy
King Henry's Drive
New Addington
CR0 0PH

TELEPHONE:
01689 843 103
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Westbridge Academy
Westbridge Road
London
SW11 3NE

TELEPHONE:
0207 228 1293
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Breakwater Academy
Valley Road
East Sussex
BN9 9UT

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01273 514 300
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Hawkesfarm Academy
Hawks Road
East Sussex
BN27 1ND

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01323 841 466
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Burfield Academy
Oaklands Way
Hailsham
BN27 3NW

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01323 819 309
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High Cliff Academy
Southdown Road
Newhaven
BN9 9FD

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01273 041 471
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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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