Turnham Academy

Gonville Academy
Gonville Road

0208 684 4006


Strategic Governing Body

STEP Governance

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.

Composition of the Strategic Governing Bodies (SGB)

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

  • Parent (elected, ideally one from each Academy)
  • Ex Officio (Executive Headteacher/Head of School)
  • Staff x1 (elected, ideally one from each Academy)
  • STEP Governors x5
  • Temporary Governors (according to need and skill set)

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.

Governing Body Minutes

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