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New Schools

REAch2 are delighted to be working on the following projects:


    Following the ongoing development on the site of the former Oldchurch Hospital, Union Road, REAch2 are carrying out a consultation asking all stakeholders of the local community whether they are happy for REAch2 Academy Trust to enter into a…

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  • Camulos Academy Public Consultation

    Following the ongoing development on the former Severalls hospital site, REAch2 are carrying out a consultation asking all stakeholders of the local community whether they are happy for  REAch2 Academy Trust to enter into a funding agreement with the…

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  • New School Proposal in Leyton - The Athena Academy

    We are proposing to open a new primary school in Leyton in September 2016 and will be submitting a formal application to the Department for Education in October 2014.

    The school will be called The Athena Academy and it will…

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Welcome to REAch2

 Founded in 2012, REAch2 Academy Trust is the largest primary-only academy trust in the country. It is a growing charitable organisation currently supporting some 53 primary academies across England.

These are challenging times, and for our children we believe that their first school experience is the start of a very important journey, which should enable them to broaden their horizons, be confident in their abilities and help shape their future lives. Our primary focus is to ensure that all our pupils are provided with the right educational environment which not only inspires them to embrace learning and develop creativity - but also to have fun, make friends, respect individuality and ultimately to reach their full potential.
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About Us

The Cornerstone of REAch2 is a solid, unshakeable foundation, defined by exceptional teaching experiences and shared Touchstone values of learning, leadership, enjoyment, inclusion, inspiration, responsibility and integrity.

These values are at the very core of the Trust, firmly embedded in all of our academies and embraced by our leaders, teachers, staff, parents and children alike.

Strong family values are a key component of the REAch2 vision. We believe that REAch2 is a family: connected by a common desire to learn from each other, share experiences and be mutually supportive across the entire academy community. Every school and every individual is included in this vision. We actively encourage collaboration - and work as a team to create and deliver the best possible educational experiences for every pupil within the REAch2 Trust.

To learn more about our academies, please click here.

To hear more from our staff and our children, please click here.

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News & Media

There is so much to celebrate within the REAch2 family.

Our schools, leaders, teachers, support staff and children are a source of inspiration and knowledge. Throughout the year we will be sharing personal anecdotes, topical news articles and relevant stories that we believe will be of real interest to you and others within the education sector and the community.


  • CEO of REAch2 and Reach4 knighted in New Year Honours

    Steve Lancashire, the CEO of academy trusts REAch2 and the newly formed REAch4 was recognised on the 30th December in the New Year Honours, receiving a Knighthood for his services…

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  • Steve Lancashire writes for TES about the benefits of joining an academy trust

    ‘Schools can and should choose their family – join an academy trust’

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  • Jeff Rich visits St Margaret's Primary Academy

    Jeff Rich delighted pupils at St Margaret’s Primary Academy in Lowestoft when he offered them a drum and percussion workshop last month. On the 26th November, the former drummer for the English rock band Status Quo performed for the children using his…

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  • New Academy Trust established by REAch2


    ***REAch4 to focus on all through education in South Yorkshire***

    REAch2, the largest and most successful primary academy trust in the country, has today announced the creation of a new sister trust. REAch4 will be a multi-academy trust…

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  • New free school in Romford to join the REAch2 Family

    ****REAch2 Academy Trust approved to build a brand new primary academy in Romford***

    A free school due to open in Romford has been formally approved to join the REAch2 Academy…

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  • Southwick’s Eastbrook Primary Academy receives "Outstanding" Ofsted report

    Eastbrook Primary Academy in Southwick, West Sussex, has been rated as “Outstanding” by Ofsted, less than two years after opening. The primary school received the top grade in Leadership &…

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  • REAch2 Changes to Governance Structure from September 2015

    From September 2015 the REAch2 Group will change from being ten separate regional Multi-Academy Trusts and a sponsoring charity to a single Multi Academy Trust (MAT).  The new Trust…

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  • Camulos Academy Ground-breaking Ceremony

    On 22nd June 2015, a ground-breaking ceremony was held at the former Severalls Hospital site to mark the start of construction for a new 420 place primary school in Colchester – Camulos Academy. Camulos Academy is due to open…

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  • Kemsley Academy celebrate VE day 70th anniversary

     Friday 8th May was a day of celebration and reflection at Kemsley as we marked the 70th anniversary of VE day.  Children and staff all came to school dressed in 1940s inspired clothes.  We had land girls,…

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  • Purfleet Primary Academy Breaks World Record!

    On Friday 6th March, staff and children at Purfleet Primary Academy underwent a dramatic transformation in an attempt to break the World Record for: ‘The most people dressed as Nursery Rhyme characters’ as part of their TRY5 adventure.

    Earlier in…

    Found in: Children, REAch2 Essex, TRY5 Read more »
  • Purfleet Primary Academy: Involvement in Trailblazer Project

    The Trailblazer Project (Ambition, Achievement and Aspiration) is a Thurrock-wide initiative to broaden cultural entitlement for children and to encourage creativity in the curriculum. Purfleet Primary signed up to…

    Found in: Children, REAch2 Essex, Teaching and Learning Read more »
  • Celebrating the Helicopter Technique at Kemsley Primary Education Nursery

    The Helicopter Technique of Storytelling and Story Acting is based on the work of Vivian Gussin Paley, Patron to MakeBelieve Arts.  MakeBelieve Arts has been pioneering this work in…

    Found in: Children, Nursery, REAch2 Kent, Teaching and Learning Read more »
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As a Trust, we value and promote high quality training and development for all of our staff.
For 2015/16 we have brought together an offer of a range of programmes and courses that are designed to inspire and support our colleagues from across the Trust. We have listened to feedback from our Headteachers and have moved the venues to regional localities: Midlands, North London and East Anglia: and a fourth location for “Investment Training” in Croydon. Along with a range of exciting and interesting programmes and courses, the brochure seeks to address common areas of feedback from our Moderated Trust Inspections.

To book places please use: the ECM booking form for all development courses returning it to office@ecm-educationconsultants.co.uk the REAch2 booking form for all other programmes and courses, returning it to cpd@reach2.org The greatest investment we can make is in our people; this brochure marks a strong contribution to ensuring the quality of this investment.

REAch2 Academy Trust CPD Brochure 2015-2016
REAch2 CPD Booking Form
ECM Booking form and Summary for CPD REAch2 2015-2016
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Governance and Policy

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Careers with REAch2

We are currently recruiting and are actively seeking the most talented individuals in the education and support professions to join our family and to help us to transform the lives and life chances of all our children.

View the list of current recruitment opportunities with in REAch2 here

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Social Media

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Join Us

Do you share our values? Are you inspired to join us on our journey to deliver the best possible educational experience for children? Are you committed to providing the highest standards of teaching and learning for all children?

If yes, we would love to hear from you.

Our academies

You may want to talk about joining us or simply to learn a little more about what we do. To arrange a conversation with a member of our senior team, please contact info@reach2.org   

Development and Consultations

As a trust we believe strongly in transparency and the importance of local community engagement. This section lists our new and exciting projects currently in development and those under consultation. View our current Development & Consultations

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Cornerstones & Touchstones


The REAch2 Cornerstone

REAch2 is the Cornerstone of the entire Trust: providing a strong, responsible foundation from which every academy develops and grows. A cornerstone provides a subtle yet paramount role in a building and ensures that REAch2 is a trustworthy, reliable and inspirational organisation, delivering the best possible learning experience.

REAch2 Touchstones

As a Trust we are committed to creating a culture that strongly reflects our Touchstones: seven principles which make our academies unique. Just as 500 years ago touchstones were used to test the quality of the gold they marked, so too our Touchstones find what is precious and set these things apart. They are used to express the values and ethos of the Trust and describe perfectly what we are known for and how we operate.

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REAch2 Schools

We recognise the differing economic, social and cultural opportunities that serving a range of communities across the country brings.

We embrace diversity ensuring REAch2 serves all and encourages personal achievement at every stage. Our academies are at the centre of their own local communities. We understand that it is essential that each school has the freedom to tailor their environment, within the agreed REAch2 framework, to meet the individual requirements of their pupils and parents. As a Trust, we have high standards and expectations for each and every one of our academies - and with the support of the wider REAch2 family, we are committed to helping our academies provide great learning and life experiences for all our pupils, irrespective of their abilities and needs. Inclusion as a Touchstone means that our academies and local communities are never alone. Each is part of a local cluster called a Multi-Academy Trust providing local solutions to local issues, supported by local governance that meets the unique needs of every academy in the following geographical areas.

View our schools on Google Maps here

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Learning & Enjoyment

We believe that learning and fun go hand in hand. By providing a stimulating environment that delivers this belief, our children are inspired to learn - and through learning discover a future that is worth pursuing.

Every day our children and staff are working hard to deliver achievements that we can all celebrate and be proud of. We recognise that every child – whilst needing to be well-prepared academically - is an individual. Each child has their own unique interests and aspirations which we seek to encourage and develop at every turn.

We also recognise that the adults working within our academies have their own professional development goals, which, as a learning organisation, we are committed to support. We want everyone in REAch2 to embrace a love of learning and live their lives to the full.


  • REAch2 Story
  • Rayan's Story
  • The REAch2 Song
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Inspirational people create positive energy and generate enthusiasm within our schools. They help to develop individuality and creative thinking.

In turn our children will be inspired to believe that no mountain is too high to conquer and that nothing is impossible to achieve.

Our goal is to ensure that everyone is highly motivated and engaged by their experience with us, be it a pupil, staff member, parent or a community volunteer, and to enrich their lives through their association with the REAch2 Trust.


  • A Parent's Story
  • Gerry's Story
  • Yateen's Story
  • New School Story
  • Martin's Story
  • Rayan's Story
  • Cayt's Story
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Inspirational leadership is essential. REAch2 actively seeks out talent and develops it at all levels, spotting and developing the “possible” in everyone from children to adults.

We are a team of professionals who are passionate about raising educational standards within our communities. Our 'no compromise' approach to learning empowers more and more children to succeed. From experienced and highly skilled head teachers with exceptional track records, through to those with expert knowledge of finance, human resources, administration and communications, the REAch2 team exists to ensure that all of our teachers, and support staff, can focus exclusively on improving the learning experience of all our pupils.

The Endeavour Teaching School Alliance

Investing in the future by developing leadership talent both now and for the next generation is of paramount importance to the Trust. Through our Reach2 Endeavour Teaching School Alliance, based at Tidemill Academy, we provide current and aspiring leaders with the appropriate professional development programmes, underpinned by all the mentoring and support services they need in order to reach their full potential.

The REAch2 Team

The Trust also benefits from the active participation of some exceptional people including a Non-Executive Board: a diverse group of highly successful individuals drawn from all aspects of society - who share the vision and passion for raising the educational achievements of all our children.

Leadership Team

  • Steve Lancashire Chief Executive
    Steve Lancashire Chief Executive
  • Cathie Paine Deputy Chief Executive
    Cathie Paine Deputy Chief Executive
  • Dean Ashton Business And Policy Director
    Dean Ashton Business And Policy Director
  • Katherine Alexander Finance Director
    Katherine Alexander Finance Director

Non-Executive Trustees

  • Peter Little Trustee
    Peter Little Trustee
  • Cathie Paine Deputy Chief Executive
    Cathie Paine Deputy Chief Executive
  • The Rt Revd David Rossdale Trustee
    The Rt Revd David Rossdale Trustee
  • Dr Louise Askew Trustee
    Dr Louise Askew Trustee
  • Clare Walsh Trustee
    Clare Walsh Trustee
  • Colin Powell Trustee
    Colin Powell Trustee
  • Jeremy King Trustee
    Jeremy King Trustee
  • Mark Taylor Trustee
    Mark Taylor Trustee
  • Michael Peters Trustee
    Michael Peters Trustee
  • Tony Gilbey Trustee
    Tony Gilbey Trustee
  • Victoria Piggott Trustee
    Victoria Piggott Trustee
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Responsibility & Integrity

REAch2 is committed to leading by example and lives by its unswerving commitment to integrity, transparency and excellence.

Setting this example to children will enable them to flourish and get the most from the school experience, as this is key to their success we will always be accountable, we will never make excuses, and will openly answer for all our actions. The Trust proactively engages with our parents and the local communities and is continually seeking ways to improve and enhance our education and support service capabilities.
  • What is REACH2’s model for school improvement?
  • The REAch2 Academy Trust originated from the successful school improvement and partnership work led by Hillyfield Primary Academy in Waltham Forest in East London. Since its inception in 2012, the Trust has grown from one London-based Primary academy to a projected forty schools across the country by September 2014.

    The Trust’s approach is based on the National Support School model, and within the Trust there is significant expertise and a strong track record in supporting and working with schools in a variety of contexts.  This support has included a range of strategies and models for school improvement. These typically include fixed term federations, executive headships, acting headships, leadership coaching and school-to-school support at every level. 

    Reach2 is seeking to further develop this approach as it expands. Through the localised MAT model, the Trust is always striving to generate the necessary capacity and expertise across the ten teams in order to sustain and develop the performance of all its academies. At the same time all schools, staff and children within the Trust benefit from a strong ethos of support and collaboration across the national REAch2 family – including opportunities for enhanced continuous professional development for staff, access to a range of central support services, informed peer-to-peer accountability and review, and the sharing of expertise and joint practice development. 

  • How much autonomy do schools within REAch2 retain?
  • REAch2 academies are each at the centre of their own local communities. It is very important that each school has the opportunity and the freedom to respond to the needs of parents and children and create their own local solutions. As a family of academies, we celebrate diversity and individuality.  We understand that no school or community is the same; however we have the same high expectations of everyone in the trust and believe that, with the support of the REAch2 family, every academy must provide a great learning experience for the children. 

    The strength of the REAch2 Governance structure is its flexibility. This ensures that the accountability for sponsored academies is high but there is earned autonomy for convertor academies who wish to benefit at a more strategic level from REAch2.

    This approach enables schools to become part of the REAch2 Trust in a number of  ways, with different schemes of delegation according to whether schools are convertors, church schools or require sponsorship. Designated individuals within REAch2 are responsible for championing a group of schools and are accountable for their performance. Each MAT Board has a Headteacher representative and a Chair of Governors representative.

  • How is the trust ensuring it is growing sustainably?
  • An essential principle of the Trust is sustainable growth and ensuring that the necessary capacity and expertise is in place to deliver continual educational improvements. To deliver capacity, operational integrity and best value for public money, the Trust has developed a clear model of organisational structure and function for the fully formed organisation.

  • How can my school join the REAch2 trust?
  • We are always very happy to hear from those who wish to join us or simply learn a little more about us and what we do. To arrange a conversation with a member of our senior team, please contact Lee Francis at: lee@reach2.org

  • 2012/2013 Financial Statements
  • 2013/2014 Financial Statements
  • 2013/2014 VMF Statements
  • Click here to download our TUPE FAQ

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