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 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
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)
- 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.
To contact our Chair of Governors, please write to our Clerk:
Lynn Bruce (Clerk to the Strategic Governing Body of La Fontaine and Heathfield Academies)
La Fontaine Academy
Bromley BR2 8LD
You can also contact our Clerk by email: click here
If you are concerned that a Governor or potential Governor may have links to extremism or that child might be at risk of extremism, or if you have any other concern about extremism at La Fontraine Academy, please contact the Department for Education’s helpline on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7340 7264.
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|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 will be approved as part of the next meeting.|
|SUMMER 1: Wednesday 26th April – 18:00-20:30 (Standards Committee)||Minutes will be approved as part of the next meeting.|
|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)||Strategic Governing Body Meeting minutes will be approved as part of the next meeting. Minutes of Committee Meetings are not published.|
STRATEGIC GOVERNING BODY – OVERSEEING LA FONTAINE AND HEATHFIELD ACADEMIES
Isabelle Dennigan (STEP Governor, Chair of Governors, 01/09/2015-31/08/2019): After completing a BTS de Commerce International in France, Isabelle spent time in Turin and Dublin. She moved to London in 1990 and started her career in the petrochemical industry working for an Italian firm. She joined the finance industry in 1997. Since then, she has held a number of positions in Operations at different banks. She currently works for RBC Capital Markets as head of European and APAC Operations. In addition to her daily responsibilities, Isabelle is a trustee on her bank’s pension scheme. She is married and has a daughter of primary school age. In her free time, she volunteers her time to STEP Trust and enjoys going to the gym and doing Pilates.
Chris Stevens (STEP Governor, Vice-Chair of Governors, Safeguarding/Children Looked After/British Values/Extra-Curricular Activities/Links with the Community Governor, 01/09/2015-31/08/2019): Chris has lived in Bromley for over 10 years with his wife and now has two children aged 4 and 2. He moved to the area after qualifying as a lawyer. He currently works in London for a firm called Sonn Macmillan Walker Ltd, specialising in criminal defence. He enjoys sports and actively participates in cricket, cycling and triathlon. His eldest child is due to start in Reception at La Fontaine Academy in September 2014. He is committed to providing another primary school option for Bromley families, with a focus on language learning, excellent academics, and educating students about their own community and the world around them.
Allison Allen (STEP Governor, 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.
Sarah MacKay (Staff Governor, 21/03/2016-20/03/2020): Sarah studied Sociology at The University of Birmingham writing a dissertation on the family and education. After her undergraduate degree, Sarah went on to gain work experience at special educational needs schools in her local area, before beginning her Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Goldsmiths University, in London, gaining qualified teacher status in 2013. Sarah worked as a reception class teacher at another Croydon Primary school for two years before becoming Early Years Leader at Heathfield Academy.
Beth Faherty (Staff Governor, 17/10/2016-16/10/2020): Beth’s family are Irish but she was born in Croydon. She has always wanted to be a teacher ever since she was a child. Beth went to the University of Roehampton for three years where she completed a Bachelor of Art in Primary Education with History. She loves to be creative in her teaching to keep the children engaged and enthusiastic in their learning. Outside teaching, she loves to travel, make cakes, and she often goes on day trips (especially to places rich in history), to the cinema and the theatre.
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.
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, STEP Academy Trust CEO, Executive Team Representative
Lynn Bruce (Clerk to the Governing Body)
|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.|
|PAST GOVERNING BODY MEETINGS (2014-2015)
||MINUTES OF GOVERNING BODY MEETINGS
|AUTUMN 1: Thursday 25th September, 18:30-20:30||Minutes available here.|
|AUTUMN 2: Thursday 20th November, 18:30-20:30||Minutes available here.|
|SPRING 1: Thursday 29th January, 18:30-20:30||Minutes available here.|
|SPRING 2: Thursday 19th March, 18:30-20:30||Minutes available here.|
|SUMMER 1: Thursday 20th May, 18:30-20:30||Minutes available here.|
|SUMMER 2: Thursday 2nd July, 18:30-20:30||Minutes available here.|