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SGB

Strategic Governing Body

STEP Governance

The STEP Academy Trust Established in May 2011, The STEP Academy Trust currently comprises of 13 members:

Angel Oak Academy (formerly Gloucester Primary School)
Applegarth Academy
Breakwater Academy (formerly Meeching Valley Primary School)
David Livingstone Academy
Hawkes Farm Academy (formerly Hawkes Farm Primary School)
La Fontaine Academy
Gonville Academy
Heathfield Academy
Wolsey Junior Academy

                                             From 1st January 2017

High Cliff Academy (formerly Newhaven Academy)
Phoenix Academy (formerly Marshlands)
White House Academy
Burfield Academy (formerly Hailsham Academy)

The name STEP, an acronym, reflects the aspirational nature of the organisation – Striving Together for Excellence in Partnership

Inspired by the commitment to improve children’s life chances, STEP Academies work together to provide high quality learning experiences for all their pupils.

STEP Governors

“STEP First” is the notion that, first and foremost, everyone is committed to being part of The STEP Academy Trust. All governors must be fully aligned to the Trust’s Mission and Vision. 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 outstanding in all we do – STEP First!

STEP Governance Structure

Recent changes introduced by the Department for Education (DfE) allow academy trusts to establish a local governing body that is responsible for two or more academies.

Diagram: STEP Academy Trust Governance Structure, September 2015

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COMPOSITION OF THE STRATEGIC GOVERNING BODIES (SGB)

The new Strategic Governing Bodies will have a maximum of 12 Governors as follows:

  • Parent x2 (elected, ideally one from each Academy)
  • Staff x2 (Headteachers)
  • Staff x2 (elected, ideally one from each Academy)
  • Board of Trustees Representative x1
  • STEP Governors x5
  • Temporary Co-Opted Governors (according to need)

It is the belief of the Board of Trustees that this new governance structure, underpinned by sound principles, will make best use of our strengths, will address our challenges and will provide the framework for each of our Academies to become Outstanding at the next opportunity.

OUR GOVERNING BODY

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the Academy and its pupils, as well as the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the Academy and making sure its money is well spent.
    It is the belief of the Board of Trustees that this new governance structure, underpinned by sound principles, will make best use of our strengths, will address our challenges and will provide the framework for each of our Academies to become Outstanding at the next opportunity.

Please click below for previous Governor minutes for High Cliff Academy and Breakwater Academy: