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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.


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)
  • Board of Trustees Representative x1
  • STEP Governors x5
  • Temporary Co-Opted Governors (according to need)

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.


CHAIR – James Toop

VICE CHAIR – Nick Ambrose

Stacey Frier, Catherine Hewitt, Tim Mills

For the Strategic Governing Body of Angel Oak and David Livingston Academy - CLICK HERE


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

Philippa Jackson (Clerk to the Governing Body of Angel Oak Academy)
Angel Oak Academy

Burcher Gale Grove, London SE15 6FL


SPRING 2015 – Tuesday 17th March 2015 – MINUTES - CLICK HERE

SUMMER 2015 – Tuesday 14th April 2015 – MINUTES – CLICK HERE

AUTUMN 2015 – Thursday 17th September 2015 – MINUTES – CLICK HERE

AUTUMN 2015 – Monday 16th November 2015 – MINUTES - CLICK HERE


SPRING 2016– Monday 18th January 2016 – MINUTES – CLICK HERE

SPRING 2016 - Wednesday 24th February 2016 - MINUTES - CLICK HERE

SUMMER 2016 – Monday 13th June 2016 – MINUTES – CLICK HERE

AUTUMN 2016 – Monday 12th September 2016 – MINUTES – CLICK HERE

AUTUMN 2016 – Monday 21st November 2016 – MINUTES - CLICK HERE


SPRING 2017 – Monday 27th February 2017 – MINUTES – CLICK HERE

SUMMER 2017 - Monday 12th June 2017 - MINUTES - CLICK HERE

AUTUMN 2017 - Tuesday 12th September 2017 - MINUTES - CLICK HERE

SPRING 2018 - Thursday 25th January 2018 - MINUTES - CLICK HERE

  • Governing body membership and attendance records for governors during the last academic year – CLICK HERE
  • Governing body pecuniary interest register for the school year 2017-2018  – CLICK HERE
  • AOA DLA SGB Lead Governor Roles 2017-2018 - CLICK HERE
  • Annual SGB Attendance Record 2016-2017 - CLICK HERE