“Footsteps provides a direct opportunity to improve the life expectations, opportunities, and outcomes for youngsters in desperate need of support, guidance and kindness.”
Chris Hall. Founder
At Footsteps Trust we aim to deliver the widest possible academic curriculum, combined with vocational and sporting programmes. In doing so, we will enable our students to successfully access employment, training, and Post 16 further education. The delivery of our programmes will be underpinned by strong pastoral support, advice and guidance, and engagement with positive role models. We aim to provide Footsteps students with the necessary tools and skills to secure the post 16 courses they choose, build a successful future, and to be able to make a positive contribute to their community.
Our staff are proud to be part of the successful Footsteps Trust. Our academic results surpass expected outcomes and we also place great emphasis on personal development. There are many reasons for our success including the shared attachment and respect staff and students have for each other.
This underpins our positive and inclusive atmosphere. We show great enthusiasm for learning and are constantly aiming to improve. We are very proud of our ambitious attitude, and we warmly celebrate each other’s commitment and progress. We are eager to provide a first-class education so that students can achieve their best and go on to make a valuable contribution to society.
We recognise that everyone is unique. A strong feature of our school is the way we embrace our differences. Our school environment is safe and nurturing. We work to develop good social skills and help each other to succeed. We concentrate when we need to and strive to enjoy learning. We develop independent learners and make progress through hard work and commitment.
The members of our highly skilled, knowledgeable, and diverse staff reflect the positive goals of our school community and always look for the best in our students. Regardless of the challenges that may be presented by students, we always endeavour to deliver the best possible programme. Footsteps continuously explores better ways of learning through building resilience, cooperation, and building independence. Our stable team of teachers and support staff enjoy being part of Footsteps Trust and the school actively encourages their progress and development as professionals. We enjoy watching our students move forward in their lives as they engage in Post 16 education and their professional lives.
The Sports Academy is one of the sites currently utilised by Footsteps. It is set within a sports complex which offers access to several football pitches, tennis courts, an athletics centre including a running track, and a boxing gym. The site includes multiple classrooms for the effective employment of small classroom sizes for greater individual engagement. The combined facility proffers the ability to provide a blend of sports and academic offerings to our students.
GCSE English, Mathematics, Science, Business Studies, RS, PE, and Art. Functional Skills Maths and English. PSHE, CEIAG, and Prevent courses are also part of the curriculum.
We deliver the above subjects to KS3 students, a curriculum that is designed to assist them in the transition from KS3, providing a good grounding for the students to progress to KS4.
The PSHE scheme of work for KS3 students concentrates on the physical changes pupils of this age are experiencing, the importance of friendships and family networks, the breaking down of stereotypes regarding the prominent topics of racism, bullying, cultural awareness and immigration, sexual preferences, age and disabilities.
KS3 SEN students with a statement are required to have full access to the National Curriculum. To fulfil this necessity, we work in partnership with our referrers and offer part time placements to KS3 SEN students with a statement.
The accredited courses we deliver at Footsteps have been chosen very much in line with our cohort’s needs and abilities. There is a heavy coursework element allowing students to be offered more guidance and support in their work without the pressure of an examination to assist the students in getting the best grades possible.
Examination preparation is taught within individual subject lessons, as well as part of our PSHE scheme of work. To ensure students are more familiar with examination practice half-term assessments are performed in exam conditions and a mock exam week takes place every December or January.
Our students’ well-being, personal development and independence are paramount at Footsteps and our PHSE topics are selected to support this ethos. Students are informed of their academic choices, educated on personal health issues, including sexual health, made aware of and taught to be respectful of different cultures and religions. Students are also educated regarding aspects such as FGM and Extremism via our PREVENT lessons. They are encouraged to be a good and active citizen within their community, supported through college applications and prepared for an independent life in the working world.
- Table Tennis
- Weight Training
- 7 Classrooms
- Running Track
- Boxing gym
- Tennis Court
- Football Pitches