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

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

Alan Armstrong - Chair of Governors

Allison Allen (STEP Governor,  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.

Laura Macinnes (Parent Governor, 13/11/2017 - 12/11/2021) Laura currently has a daughter in year 1 of Heathfield Academy and has thrown herself into the new school community. As well as recently becoming a parent governor, Laura is also co-chair of Friends of Heathfield, the parent's association of the school, organising events from Christmas fairs to school discos.  Laura has worked in the financial services industry for nearly 20 years and has been with her current company for 10 years. She manages a team of staff who look after the pension schemes of several large blue-chip clients. She is dedicated to ensuring that the children of STEP Academy receive the best education possible and strongly believes in STEP Academy Trust's Visions and Values.

Sarah MacKay (Staff Governor, 21/03/2016-20/03/2020) Sarah studied Sociology at The University of Birmingham focusing on the family and education.  After her undergraduate degree, Sarah went on to complete her Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Goldsmiths University in London, specialising in the Early Years Foundation Stage.  Sarah has been the Early Years Leader at Heathfield Academy since September 2015 and became an Assistant Headteacher in September 2018.

Steven Perian - Community Governor

Andrew Musson - Community Governor

Barbara Roberts - Community Governor

Lucy McSwiggan - Staff Governor

Ieshah Samuels - Parent Governor

Oliver Silvester - Finance Governor

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

John Halliwell, STEP Governor, Executive Headteacher at Heathfield Academy (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 available here.
SPRING 1: Wednesday 24 January – 18:30-20:30 Minutes available here.
SUMMER 1: Wednesday 2 May - 18:30 - 20:30 Minutes available here.
SUMMER 2: Wednesday 11 July - 18:30 - 20:30 Minutes available here.
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.

Structure and Attendance 2016 - 2017

Structure and Attendance 2015 - 2016