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About Stephenson (Mk) Trust

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 November 2011 and also as the Principal Designate of Stephenson Academy.

Stephenson (MK) Trust became a multi-academy Trust with the Trust taking responsibility for Bridge Academy in October 2013. Bridge Academy is the Alternative Provision for secondary age pupils in Milton Keynes and is central to the development of the Milton Keynes Secondary Inclusion Partnership comprising all mainstream, secondary school and the Local Authority. 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.

On 1 November 2022, Milton Keynes Primary Pupil Referral Unit, MKPPRU, joined the Trust as a separate Academy, supporting up to 40 primary aged pupils. The Trust had supported MKPPRU for a number of years and also facilitated the development of the Primary Inclusion Partnership which mirrors the developments in the mainstream secondary sector which Bridge Academy supports. Neil Barrett is the partnership officer for both the secondary and primary inclusion partnerships.

Stephenson (MK) 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.

Jo-Anne Hoarty
Chair
Stephenson (MK) Trust

Stephenson (Mk) Trust Vacancies

Safeguarding and Attendance Administrator

Safeguarding and Attendance Administrator

Bridge Academy, Coffee Hall, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Bridge Academy, Coffee Hall, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

The administrative assistant is responsible for supporting with the administrative and organisational processes within the school. They will also act as the initial point of contact for professionals,...

  Permanent | Full-Time
  £25,914.00 Annually (Actual)
      £25,914 FTE , £22,854.15 Actual Salary
New SHARE

Primary Teacher

Primary Teacher

Bridge Academy, Coffee Hall, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Bridge Academy, Coffee Hall, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

JOB PURPOSE • To teach students who have been suspended from mainstream education due to social, emotional and associated learning needs, in years 5-8, and who have been placed in alternative pro...

  Permanent | Full-Time
  MPS
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Intervention Mentor (Mental Health)

Intervention Mentor (Mental Health)

Bridge Academy, Coffee Hall, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Bridge Academy, Coffee Hall, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Bridge Academy West Stephenson (MK) Trust is an organisation committed to supporting young people who are at risk of exclusion from mainstream secondary provision (Bridge Academy) and specialist ...

  Permanent | Full-Time
  £27,969.00 - £31,126.00 Annually (FTE)
       £24,230.84- £26,959.89 (actual), term time only (39 weeks)
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Stephenson (Mk) Trust Vacancies

Safeguarding and Attendance Administrator

Safeguarding and Attendance Administrator

Bridge Academy, Coffee Hall, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Bridge Academy, Coffee Hall, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

The administrative assistant is responsible for supporting with the administrative and organisational processes within the school. They will also act as the initial point of contact for professionals,...

  Permanent | Full-Time
  £25,914.00 Annually (Actual)
      £25,914 FTE , £22,854.15 Actual Salary
New SHARE

Primary Teacher

Primary Teacher

Bridge Academy, Coffee Hall, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Bridge Academy, Coffee Hall, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

JOB PURPOSE • To teach students who have been suspended from mainstream education due to social, emotional and associated learning needs, in years 5-8, and who have been placed in alternative pro...

  Permanent | Full-Time
  MPS
New SHARE

Intervention Mentor (Mental Health)

Intervention Mentor (Mental Health)

Bridge Academy, Coffee Hall, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Bridge Academy, Coffee Hall, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Bridge Academy West Stephenson (MK) Trust is an organisation committed to supporting young people who are at risk of exclusion from mainstream secondary provision (Bridge Academy) and specialist ...

  Permanent | Full-Time
  £27,969.00 - £31,126.00 Annually (FTE)
       £24,230.84- £26,959.89 (actual), term time only (39 weeks)
New SHARE
Join Our Talent Pool

Let us know you are interested in working with us by joining our Talent Pool.

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