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 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!

Academy Committee Structure

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

In order to be functional, the composition of any Academy Committee 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 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.


Mark Riddaway – Chair, Karen Harrison (staff), Sarah Lippett (parent), Eileen Riley (Co-opted Governor), Marcel Rizza (Co-opted Governor), Benjamin Vertannes (Co-opted Governor),   John Halliwell (Executive Headteacher),  Gerard Brown (Head of School Applegarth) Paul Glover/Mark Ducker (Trustee), Lynn Bruce – Clerk.

Governing Body Minutes

AC Meeting Minutes Sept 2019

SGB Meeting Minutes May 2019

SGB Meeting Minutes February 2019

SGB Meeting Minutes December 2018

SGB Meeting Minutes July 2018

SGB Meeting Minutes January 2018

SGB Meeting Minutes December 2017

SGB Meeting Minutes September 2017

SGB Meeting Minutes July 2017

RC Meeting minutes May 2017

SC Meeting minutes May 2017

SGB Minutes Nov 2016

Please use the link below to access STEP Board meeting minutes (including STEP Board Member attendance at each meeting): AA TDA 18-19 Contact List SGB Attendance Record 2017/18 Register of Business Interests 2019 Register of Business Interests 2018-2019 Register of Business Interests 2017 -2018 Register of Business Interests 2016-2017