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STEP Governance

STEP Governors

“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 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

The Department for Education (DfE) allows academy trusts to establish a local governing body that is responsible for two or more academies.


In order to be functional, the composition of any AC responsible for academies within STEP Academy Trust must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • 1 Academy Leader Governor, ex-officio (the leader of the Academy);
  • 1 Staff Governor (from the Academy, elected by members of staff);
  • 2 Parent Governors (1 from each Academy, elected by parents/carers or appointed by the AC where no-one has stood for election);
  • 2 Co-opted Governors (i.e. appointed by the AC).


It is the belief of the Board of Trustees that this 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.

BWA HCA Register of Business Interests 2018/2019

BWA HCA Governor Membership 2019/2020

High Cliff Academy Latest Governor Minutes

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