Book Creator

Starting School 2023 - 2024

by Miss James


Welcome to St Stephen Churchtown
Academy 2023-24 - Starting School
Welcome to the Aspire Academy Trust
Aspire is a vibrant, highly successful and widely recognised Trust determined to raise standards of educational achievement to the very highest levels. We don’t just aim for our children to achieve what is average or expected, but for them to excel both academically and in character.
We live in a global economy that requires our children to be prepared to think both critically and creatively, solve complex problems, and to communicate well. Mastery of the basics: reading, writing, maths and technology is our core purpose, and this sits firmly alongside ensuring our children have well-developed social and emotional skills. Aspire academies have a strong emphasis on the sport, arts and social, moral spiritual and cultural education.
All our 29 schools and academies are an integral part of their local communities and have a real sense of identity. We value the contribution each of our communities makes and the distinctive opportunities and diversity it offers to the Trust. By working in true partnership, we offer exceptional learning experiences to all our children, so they benefit from the strength that being part of the extended Aspire family brings. If you want to learn more about us, then please visit our website at

I look forward to hopefully welcoming you to the Aspire family!
Vanessa Bragg
Aspire CEO
Trauma-Informed Schools
Trauma Informed Schools UK is a registered community interest company working in association with the Centre for Child Mental Health. It provides training to ensure that every adult in a school or community has the skills and understanding to respond appropriately to the relational and emotional needs children may display.

TiS supports schools to create a mentally healthy environment and culture in which all within the school community, adults and children alike, can flourish and achieve. It advocates a whole school response and evidenced based relational approaches to provide an enriched environment to buffer the impact of stress that may result from adversity and painful life events.

In addition, specially trained Trauma and Mental Health Informed Practitioners offer targeted intervention to children who may be experiencing challenges within their life that without support may act as a barrier to their ability to fully engage with life and learning. 
Head of School Welcome
Comic Panel 1
Welcome to our thriving school where we aim to provide every child with a rich and diverse education. St Stephen Churchtown Academy and Nursery is a popular learning community that serves the locality of St Stephen in Brannel and also draws pupils from the wider geographical area of ‘the Clays’ and St Austell.

We want every child that attends St Stephen to fulfil their true potential - emotionally, socially and academically. We will nurture individuality and develop independence. 
We are continually striving for improvement and offer a wide variety of opportunities: educational, personal and social. We want our school to be an exciting place to learn! At St Stephen, we have committed, hard-working and loyal staff who ensure that the children who attend our school have the best experiences possible.
Our inclusion within the Aspire Multi Academy Trust is helping to ensure the very best support available to achieve our goals.

Parent/carer support is always greatly appreciated with such an important part of your child's life. We believe that, by working in close partnership with families and the community, we give children the very best chance of success.
If you would like to find out more about our school, please visit our school website:

Miss Lisa James / Head of School
Welcome from EYFS Lead
Hello and welcome to St Stephen Churchtown Academy,

My role as an EYFS Lead is to work across Nursery and Reception ensuring all children have the best start in our Nursery and then into school.
As a team we ensure we provide children with an exciting curriculum through a variety of activities.
We endeavour to work closely with our parents and families to help support your child's learning journey.

We look forward to welcoming you and your child/ren into our school.

Claire Ridpath
"We have a commitment to safeguard our children.  

"We all have a responsibility to act if we are worried about a child.
All children have a right to be safe no matter who they are or what their circumstance. 

"Keeping children safe is everyone's responsibility." 
Every academy within the Aspire Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.