Stephenson MK Trust was founded in April 2012 to take responsibility for The Gatehouse School in Milton Keynes, which closed at the end of March 2012 and reopened in April 2012 as Stephenson Academy. Stephenson Academy, an SEMH academy in Milton Keynes, was the first sponsored special school academy in the country and the sponsors are St Paul’s Catholic School in Milton Keynes and SERCO. The sponsors worked closely and productively with officers from Milton Keynes Council and the DfE to launch the academy successfully. Neil Barrett had been appointed Headteacher of The Gatehouse School in January 2012 and also as the Principal Designate of Stephenson Academy.
Stephenson MK Trust became a multi-academy Trust with the Trust taking responsibility of Bridge Academy in October 2013. Bridge Academy is the Alternative Provision for secondary age pupils in Milton Keynes. Neil Barrett became Executive Principal for both Stephenson Academy and Bridge Academy in October 2013.
Since the academies became part of the Trust their foundations and outcomes are now secure. The outcomes for both academies place them in the upper reaches of their peers in the country whether for examination outcomes, attendance or exclusions. Both academies were judged to be Good in their most recent Ofsted inspections. Both academies are at the forefront of developments in such areas as therapeutic care, curriculum developments and working with parents for the good of the children.
Stephenson Academy has grown from a base of 22 students when The Gatehouse School closed to well over 80 students currently. Bridge Academy usually reaches its target of 195 students earlier in each academic year than the previous one. In September 2019, the Trust opened a joint Post-16 provision for Bridge Academy and Stephenson Academy students.
Stephenson Trust aims to continue to work closely with Milton Keynes Local Authority, other neighbouring Local Authorities, special schools in Milton Keynes, mainstream secondary schools and those interested in the good of the Trust and its work for the benefit of those that the Trust serves.
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