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STEP Academy Trust
Croydon (London Borough), London (Greater)
Salary Range: £45,576 to £47,661
Closing date
24 Jun 2022

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Fundraising, PR & Communications
Full Time
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Passion – Urgency – Positivity – Aspiration – Commitment

STEP Academy Trust is a collection of 20 Primary academies serving South London, East Sussex and growing. We are one of the top Academy Trusts within the country and are continuing to work together to improve and evolve for the children and communities we serve.

This is where you come in! We are looking to appoint a Communications and Fundraising Manager, initially based in one of our Croydon academies. Working with us, you will help shape our communications policy both internally and externally. In helping to develop our practice, you will be a key advocate in promoting our best qualities, whilst also considering the impact of how we are viewed across the sector. As funding within the education sector is challenged post-Covid, this role will also look at finding fundraising streams to aid our academies to become more innovative places of learning.

STEP Academy Trust believes that its workforce should reflect the local community and that all groups within the community should have equal access to the Trust’s employment opportunities. We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age. We have developed an anti-racism roadmap with our Trustees that operates throughout our schools and have created extensive training.

Our Mission: STEP Academy Trust is committed to improving the life chances of all children. Where we have the capacity to make a difference we are morally bound to do so.

Our Vision: To develop a united partnership of excellent academies, where empowered leaders place our learners at the heart of everything and all are supported to be successful.

Our ideal candidate will:

  • Believe in the mission, vision and values of STEP Academy Trust
  • Have a degree-level qualification
  • Have experience and understanding of communications in an organisation or charity
  • Have some knowledge of fundraising and soliciting donations and grants
  • Be able to manage multiple work streams independently
  • Be able to work successfully as a team player, establishing effective working relationships.

In return we will offer you:

  • A highly supportive and committed team
  • Induction and ongoing career support and development for you in your own career
  • Opportunities for your own growth and development path
  • 30 days annual leave plus 8 bank holidays
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Flexible working location options
  • A full range of benefits including: membership to Perkbox discount scheme, subsidised private health care with Benenden, free school lunch when working in school, LGPS pension scheme
  • A strong positive ethos across the Trust including a commitment to staff wellbeing
  • A vibrant and committed team
  • An excellent working environment
  • Support from the Central team and wider Executive Team.

If you would like to visit us ahead of applying for this role, please contact Cheryl Gilbert, STEP Executive Secretary to make the relevant arrangements – The STEP Application Form, Job Description and Person Specification can be downloaded from the STEP website –   

Completed application forms with supporting statements written in line with the person specification should be returned by email to: Cheryl Gilbert CVs are not accepted.

STEP Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.   Applicants must hold the right to work in the UK.

This post is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS Check and references.

Closing date:     Friday 24th June 2022 – 12 noon

Interviews:        Friday 1st July 2022


About STEP Academy Trust

What’s your ambition? That’s one of the first things we ask our staff. Because with STEP Academy Trust you can create the career path you want.  

We are a growing community of primary academies that strive together for excellence. Work with us, and we’ll invest in your career and give you an unrivalled benefits package. And the chance to make a difference to our children’s lives. 


We know it’s the exceptional quality of our staff that’s key to our success. We are always looking to recruit talented professionals who share our moral purpose. All our staff – from Trustees to NQTs, admin teams to Headteachers, all believe passionately in our mission and values. And if you share our drive to improve the life chances of all children, we’d love to hear from you. 

Why you’ll want to join us…

We are committed to supporting you develop in your career.  We want you to do well, that’s why we offer:

  • Great opportunities for accelerated promotion – right across our multi academy trust
  • Fully funded leadership training courses (NPQML, NPQSL, NPQH)
  • Fully funded Masters and PhD courses
  • At least seven NQT development days each year

And with free lunch everyday, we’ll keep you well fed too. 

…and why you’ll want to stay

If you need any more reasons to join us, take a look at these great benefits of working for STEP academies:

  • Rapid dissemination of best practice across the group
  • Innovative staffing arrangements – giving you the chance to work in different STEP academies
  • Sharing of expertise, teachers and best practice
  • Passion - We have the ability to profoundly change children’s lives. The stakes are incredibly high. So we ensure that our pupils receive the same quality education we would want for our own children.
  • Urgency - Every moment counts. Children spend a finite amount of time in education, so every day a child spends at a STEP Academy is productive, learning-rich and happy.
  • Positivity - We are positive and supportive of each other – creating a culture of high expectations and success.
  • Aspiration - We all aim for excellence in our individual professional roles. This reflects our motto ‘Striving together for excellence in partnership’.
  • Commitment - We go the extra mile for our children. We put their needs first and give them the best possible education.

The STEP Compass 

Our mission, vision and values are at the heart of our work. From this stem the four points on our compass – guiding our communities and ensuring that we are all headed in the same direction. 

STEP First – we are all one team

We are one team, one family. Our shared mission, vision and values form the solid foundations to all our work. 

STEP Way – We agree to do things like this

As a united team, we agree to do certain things, the same way. We co-create and review everything that goes into the STEP Way, and once agreed, we all work consistently. 

STEP Up – We all succeed together 

By supporting each other, all members of STEP – academies, groups and individuals – succeed together, as a community. 

  • High quality CPD, training with colleagues from across the group
  • Excellent shared services – catering, premises, finance and IT – all offering great value for money based on economies of scale.


Improving the life chances of all children 

Our mission is to improve the life chances of all children. Where we have the capacity to make a difference, we are morally bound to do so

Children are at the heart of our mission. Everything we do, every decision we make, is determined by what is in their best interests.


Our academies are located in the London Boroughs of Croydon, Bromley, Merton, Lewisham, Southwark, Sutton and Wandsworth.  We also have academies located in Hailsham, Peacehaven and Newhaven, East Sussex.

What our team have to say

“The support given by senior leaders across the academies and my colleagues has been exceptional, ensuring my development as a teacher. All of this has helped me feel that I’m part of a strong team within the Academy.” Megan Gwenlan, Class Teacher 

“Working in a STEP school is like no other. STEP is a happy and productive organisation with a lovely atmosphere for teaching. We are all passionate regardless of our roles and strive forward together as one!”  Ross Radford, Physical Education Teacher 

“I have received a lot of continuing professional development from the leadership and they have listened to my ambitions and passion which led me to being appointed as a Maths Leader.” Charlotte Blackler, Class Teacher

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020 8684 4006
Gonville Road
Thornton Heath
United Kingdom
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