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 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 can responsible for two or more academies.
Composition of the Academy Committee
In order to be functional, the composition of any AC responsible for two 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 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.