Strategic Governing Body

SGB

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 x2 (elected, ideally one from each Academy)
  • Staff x2 (Headteachers)
  • Staff x2 (elected, ideally one from each Academy)
  • STEP Governors x 6
  • Temporary Co-Opted Governors (according to need)
  • A member of the Executive Management Team will also be invited to attend meetings

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

To contact our Chair of Governors, please write to our Clerk:

Lynn Bruce (Clerk to the Governing Body of Heathfield Academy) Heathfield Academy
7 Aberdeen Road,
Croydon,
CR0 1EQ
You can also contact our Clerk by email: lynn.bruce@stepacademytrust.org

If you are concerned that a Governor or potential Governor may have links to extremism or that children might be at risk of extremism, or if you have any other concern about extremism at Heathfield Academy, please contact the Department for Education’s helpline on counter.extremism@education.gsi.gov.uk or 020 7340 7264.

Governors' Biographies

Chris Stevens (STEP Governor, Interim Chair of Governors, Safeguarding, Website Monitoring Governor, 01/09/2015-31/08/2019): Chris has lived in Bromley since 2002 but grew up near Bournemouth, Dorset.  He is married with two children who attend La Fontaine Academy. Chris is a lawyer specialising in criminal defence and extradition. He enjoys sports and plays cricket, goes cycling and competes in triathlons.  Chris was involved with the SGB from the beginning at LFA and then with HA.  He enjoys working with both schools and is committed to helping the strategic direction of each school through the values of STEP.  He is dedicated to providing  primary school options in Bromley and Croydon, with a focus on language learning, excellent academics, and educating students about their own community and the world around them. 

Allison Allen (STEP Governor, Interim Vice-Chair of Governors, SEND and Inclusion Governor, 14/12/2015-13/12/2019): Allison is Director of Outstream Consulting, a Founding Member of the Chartered College of Teaching, Senior Fellow of MirandaNet and past Trustee of Naace.  She works as consultant to schools, government and other organisations; she is joint author of Naace’s Curriculum Framework and a lead author of the review of the schools’ Self Review Framework and accreditation.  Allison is a digital safeguarding leader and joint author of several publications including Routledge and UCL Press. After studying and teaching in the north east of England, Allison taught in Croydon for many years before joining the Local Authority as senior School Improvement ICT Adviser, later becoming a director and trustee of the London Grid for Learning and chair of the London Challenge teaching and learning action group. Subsequently Allison joined Becta as the London Regional Manager working with all 33 Local Authorities, the range of schools and national conferences. Allison specialises in using education technology to enhance the life chances of children and their families. In the spirit of optimism, she believes that our children – even the very young – are being helped to become digital citizens with the ability to support the change needed by taking good ideas to a scale that fundamentally alters the way we live; our best schools continue to take up the moral imperative to develop learners who have higher thinking skills and the confidence that supports effective, safe, innovative use and creation of technology.

Evelyne Maryse Vieira (Parent Governor, 17/10/2016-16/10/2020): After graduating from University, Evelyne started off as a Languages Instructor for an international firm in Paris which involved teaching French to speakers of other languages for three years. She decided to pursue a life and career in the UK with her first job here, working for Eurostar, as a European Customer Service Supervisor. Whilst in London, Evelyne developed a passion for passing her knowledge onto young people after a short stint as a Teaching Assistant in an inner London Secondary school. She has now been teaching French and Spanish for 10 enjoyable and successful years and she is looking forward to continuing extending her knowledge and passion for languages and cultures onto her students

Mark Anderson (Co-opted Governor, 24/04/2017-23/04/2021): After a Law Degree at Durham University and qualifying as a Solicitor with Clifford Chance, a City Law Firm, Mark was a Partner in a Management Consultancy advising large public companies on share incentive schemes, profit sharing schemes and remuneration. He retired in 2004 and now works part-time managing a small holiday house business in the Scottish Highlands. His main interests are singing with The Bach Choir, History and gardening. He has three children and has been a Governor at local schools since 2012.

Karl Meier (Co-opted Governor, 01/09/2017-31/08/2021): Karl  was born in Germany, where he completed secondary school and went to university. After moving to the UK in 2006 he trained as languages teacher and has since worked in secondary schools, teaching predominantly German and holding a number of pastoral positions. He currently works as Assistant Head at Eltham College, with particular focus on years 7 and 8, as well as assistant safeguarding lead. In his free time he enjoys playing hockey, travelling the world and reading.

Jennifer Taylor (Co-opted Governor, 01/09/2017-31/08/2021): Interim Head of Children and Young People at Time to Change, Jennifer has worked in the voluntary sector for over 17 years both in Canada and in the UK. She is currently working as Head of Children and Young People for Time to Change. Time to Change is England's biggest programme to change how we all think and act about mental health problems. Her team works with schools across England by supporting them to run their own Time to Change campaigns. They do this by providing training, advice and resources to enable schools to engage staff and students to stand up to mental health stigma and discrimination. In her previous roles, Jennifer has led the Employment, Leadership and Youth Services team at Shape Arts, she has worked on the Fit for Work Europe project as well as in the Advocacy and Partnership team at The Work Foundation. In Canada, Jennifer worked for the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation and The School of Dance in Ottawa. She has a BA in Law and History from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

Ashana Graham (Associate Governor, 18/12/2017 - 17/12/2018)

Annabel Bates (Co-opted Governor, 18/09/2017 - 16/10/2021)

Laura Macinnes (Parent Governor, 13/11/2017 - 12/11/2021)

Sarah MacKay (Staff Governor, 21/03/2016-20/03/2020)

Michael Speziale (Staff Governor, 12/1/2017 - 11/11/2021)

Rachael Atkinson, STEP Governor, Co-Headteacher at Heathfield Academy (Ex-Officio)

Sebastien Chapleau, STEP Governor, Headteacher at La Fontaine Academy (Ex-Officio)

Lana Lea-O’Keefe, STEP Governor, Co-Headteacher at Heathfield Academy (Ex-Officio)

Mark Ducker OBE, STEP Academy Trust CEO, Executive Team Representative (Ex-Officio)

Lynn Bruce (Clerk to the Governing Body

GOVERNING BODY MEETINGS

Strategic Governing Body - Annual Calendar

GOVERNING BODY MEETINGS (2017-2018) MINUTES OF GOVERNING BODY MEETINGS
AUTUMN 1: Wednesday 13 September – 18:30-20300 Minutes available here.
AUTUMN 2: Wednesday 6 December – 18:30-20:30 Minutes will be approved as part of the next meeting
SPRING 1: Wednesday 24 January – 18:30-20:30 Minutes will be approved as part of the next meeting
SPRING 2: Wednesday 14 March – 18:30-20:30 Minutes will be approved as part of the next meeting
SUMMER 1: Wednesday 2 May - 18:30 - 20:30 Minutes will be approved as part of the next meeting
SUMMER 2: Wednesday 11 July - 18:30 - 20:30 Minutes will be approved as part of the next meeting

 

GOVERNING BODY MEETINGS (2016-2017) MINUTES OF GOVERNING BODY MEETINGS
AUTUMN 1: Wednesday 21st September – 18:00-19:00 (Standards Committee) + 19:30-20:30 (Strategic Governing Body) Minutes of Committee Meetings are not published. Strategic Governing Body Meeting minutes available here.
AUTUMN 2: Wednesday 2nd November – 18:30-20:30 (Resources Committee) Minutes of Committee Meetings are not published.
AUTUMN 2: Wednesday 23rd November – 18:30-20:30 (Strategic Governing Body) Minutes available here.
SPRING 1: Wednesday 18th January – 18:00-20:30 (Standards Committee) Minutes of Committee Meetings are not published.
SPRING 2: Wednesday 22nd February – 18:30-20:30 (Resources Committee) Minutes of Committee Meetings are not published.
SPRING 2: Wednesday 1st March – 18:00-20:30 (Strategic Governing Body) Minutes available here.
SUMMER 1: Wednesday 26th April – 18:00-20:30 (Standards Committee) Minutes of Committee Meetings are not published.
SUMMER 1: Wednesday 24th May – 18:30-20:30 (Resources Committee) Minutes of Committee Meetings are not published.
SUMMER 2: Wednesday 14th June – 18:00-18:00 (Family & Communities Committee)

19:30-20:30 (Strategic Governing Body)

Minutes of Committee Meetings are not published.

Minutes available here.

PAST GOVERNING BODY MEETINGS (2015-2016)
MINUTES OF GOVERNING BODY MEETINGS
AUTUMN 1: Monday 21st September, 18:30-20:30 Minutes available here.
AUTUMN 2: Wednesday 4th November, 18:30-20:30 Minutes available here.
SPRING 1: Wednesday 13th January, 18:30-20:30 Minutes available here.
SPRING 2: Wednesday 2nd March, 18:30-20:30 Minutes available here.
SUMMER 1: Wednesday 20th April, 18:00-20:00 (Standards Committee) Minutes of Committee Meetings are not published.
SUMMER 2: Wednesday 18th May, 18:30-20:30 (Resources Committee) Minutes of Committee Meetings are not published.
SUMMER 2: Wednesday 8th June, 18:30-20:30 Minutes available here.

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SGB Structure and Attendance Register 2016-2017
 
SGB Structure and Attendance Register 2015 - 2016