Academy Committee

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 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 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.

Summary Membership List 2018/19

Governing body pecuniary interest register for the school year 2017/18

AOA DLA SGB Lead Governor Roles 2017/18 2018/19 2017/18 2016/17 2018/19



The Academy Committee has two main roles:

Critical Friend: The Academy Committee works with the Headteacher and creates a clear understanding of the challenges faced in managing the school. The Academy Committee is able to question and challenge. A good working relationship is essential as a real critical friendship is only achieved where there is trust and mutual respect.

Accountability: The Academy is a bit like a business and its stakeholders are the learners. The Academy Committee has a professional attitude and uses its collective skills to benefit the learners. It gathers views, ask questions and decides what is best for the school and the children. The governing body is answerable to the parents and the wider community.


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AOA DLA SGB Minutes 12th Sept 2017

The Role of the Academy Committee within SEND

  • The Academy Committee has responsibility to pupils with special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND).
  • The Academy Committee’s responsibilities to pupils with SEND include:
  • Ensuring that provision of a high standard is made for pupils with SEND;
  • Ensuring that a ‘responsible person’ is identified to inform about the Statement of all those involved with teaching and supporting statemented pupils;
  • Ensuring that pupils with SEND are fully involved in Academy’s activities;
  • Having regard to the SEN Code of Practice when carrying out these responsibilities;
  • Being fully involved in developing, monitoring  and subsequently reviewing SEND policy;
  • Reporting annually to parents on the Academy’s SEND Policy including the allocation of resources from the Academy’s devolved/delegated budget;
  • Ensure the SENDCO is a qualified teacher and have gained or are undertaking the NASENCO qualification.