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New Schools

REAch2 are delighted to be working on the following projects:

  • Lawley Village Academy Consultation

    Following the ongoing development of Lawley Village Academy near Telford, REAch2 are carrying out a consultation asking members of the local community whether they are happy for the Trust to enter into arrangements with the Secretary of State for Education to open…

    Found in: New Provision, Parents, REAch2, Teachers Read more »
  • Veritas Primary Academy Consultation

    Following the ongoing development of the Veritas Primary Academy in Stafford, REAch2 are carrying out a consultation asking members of the local community whether they are happy for the Trust to enter into arrangements with the Secretary of State for…

    Found in: New Provision, REAch2, REAch2 Schools Read more »
  • Five Spires Academy Consultation

    Following the ongoing development of the Five Spires Academy in Lichfield, REAch2 are carrying out a consultation asking members of the local community whether they are happy for the Trust to enter into arrangements with the Secretary of State…

    Found in: New Provision, REAch2 Read more »
  • Pemberley Academy

    In 2013 Essex County Council identified the need for a new 1 Form Entry Primary School, in Harlow (210 places in total), which would be situated on Hodings Road in Harlow from September 2015. The Trust was pleased to learn…

    Found in: New Provision, Parents, REAch2, REAch2 Schools, REAch2 Waltham Forest Read more »
  • Civitas Academy

    Hand in Hand we learn: Our aim is to provide an excellent education for all of our children, helping them develop the confidence, skills, curiosity and understanding to grow and progress academically, socially and emotionally. We believe in educating…

    Found in: New Provision, REAch2, REAch2 Schools, REAch2 Thames Valley Read more »
  • 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…

    Found in: New Provision, REAch2, REAch2 Schools Read more »
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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 35 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.

Click here to read the Governor's Newsletter - October 2014

  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • REAch2 Teachers travel to Sicily as part of DeLLIS: Developing Literacy through Leadership in Schools

    Seven teachers from three REAch2 schools travelled to Palermo, Sicily as part of a Literacy Exchange programme with three local schools in the city: IC Uditore, IC Renato Guttuso,…

    Found in: REAch2, REAch2 Croydon, REAch2 Schools, Teachers, Teaching and Learning Read more »
  • REAch2 highlighted in Unison's campaign to encourage Schools and Trust's to commit to the Living Wage

    Staff in more than 12,000 schools are set to be paid the Living Wage as a result of landmark agreements secured by UNISON in the run up to Living…

    Found in: Policy, REAch2, REAch2 Schools, Support Staff, Teachers Read more »
  • MP's praise for The Palmer Academy

    The Palmer Academy recently hosted a visit from local Reading East MP, Rob Wilson who wanted to find out more about the improvements made since the school was taken out of local authority control.

    Co-headteachers Robert Wyld and Salima Ducker gave the…

    Found in: Academy Conversion, REAch2, REAch2 Schools, REAch2 Thames Valley, Support Staff, Teachers Read more »
  • Pemberley Academy Public Information Event announced

    You are invited to an information event that is to be held at St Paul’s Church, College Square, Harlow, CM20 1LP, from 3.30pm to 7.00pm on Wednesday 22nd October…

    Found in: New Provision, Parents, REAch2, REAch2 Schools, REAch2 Waltham Forest Read more »
  • Sky News interviews REAch2 Chapel End Junior Academy as David Cameron announces the creation of a squad of high-quality teachers

    In response to the announcement by David Cameron regarding the creation of a squad of ‘super teachers’, we were contacted by Sky News on Monday morning (13th October) asking for…

    Found in: REAch2, REAch2 Schools, Teachers, Teaching and Learning Read more »
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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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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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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.
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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 Director
    Dean Ashton Business Director

Non-Executive Board

  • The Rt Revd David Rossdale Non-Executive Director
    The Rt Revd David Rossdale Non-Executive Director
  • John West-Burnham Non-Executive Director
    John West-Burnham Non-Executive Director
  • Dr Louise Askew Non-Executive Director
    Dr Louise Askew Non-Executive Director
  • Peter Little Non-Executive Director
    Peter Little Non-Executive Director
  • Shane Tewes Non-Executive Director
    Shane Tewes Non-Executive Director
  • Clare Walsh Non-Executive Director
    Clare Walsh Non-Executive Director
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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
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