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What is STEP?

STEP time is the name given to our morning registration and the time in the afternoon spent with tutors and pastoral staff. It stands for Study, Tutorial, Enrichment and PSHE.

All Sixth Form students participate in STEP activities on Monday and Tuesday afternoons. The high quality PSHE programme covers economic wellbeing, careers and enterprise education, and education for personal safety, including assessing and managing risk. Students are involved in a variety of learning opportunities for each of the following topics: ‘Health and Wellbeing’, ‘Relationships’, and ‘Living in the Wider World’. Throughout year our students will participate in workshops delivered by guest speakers and organisations as well as participating in diversity and wellbeing days.

Thursday and Friday afternoon STEP sessions are designed to help support students further in their A’ level and vocational studies. This may involve exam technique workshops, coursework support sessions, problem solving, revision intervention, and the development of literacy skills. They also have the opportunity to listen to guest speakers linked to curriculum areas.


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Amanda is Chair of the Excel Academy Trust Board. Amanda became a parent governor in 2009 and has enjoyed several responsibilities across this time including being Chair of the Achievement and Standards committee, a member of the Excel Academy Audit committee, and most recently has been appointed as a Member of the Excel Academy Partnership. Her career started out with the Halifax Building Society where she worked as a mortgage advisor for 20 years, before entering the political arena. Amanda is a County Councillor for Durham County Council, representing Framwellgate and Newton Hall ward. Amanda was formerly a student at Framwellgate School Durham, where she met her husband and many other friends, as well as taking on the responsibility of being Deputy Head Girl. Amanda is passionate about the school and local area and is actively involved in the school at every opportunity.

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