About Us

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 52 primary academies across England.

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.


Letter from Sir Steve Lancashire

Chief Executive, REAch2 Academy Trust

Sir Steve LancashireREAch2 was established in 2012 with the aim of providing exceptional opportunities for learning for a family of primary academies across the country. Our passion is for primary education and we believe that children can achieve the highest academic standards at the same time as enjoying a rich, rewarding and challenging curriculum which focuses on themselves as individuals, developing their character and helping them realise the opportunities open to them in the wider world.

Four years later and there are now over 50 academies in the REAch2 family. We are passionate about dispelling the myth that only certain children are able to achieve, and so we go that extra mile to ensure each and every one of our children gets the best possible start to their education.

For us, academic excellence is a given. But our schools are about so much more, offering a richness of experience that gives real colour throughout the time our children spend with us. This is best exemplified through our innovative commitment of 11 before 11, which includes a range of experiences that are designed to inspire and stretch REAch2 children, including: camping in a field or a forest; visiting a foreign country; climbing a mountain; learning to play a musical instrument; and performing in a major concert.

To offer this type of education, we invest heavily in the people who work in our academies. Great schools have great leaders and great staff. Our team has educationalists and leaders who have proven track records of taking under-performing schools to Outstanding, and once there, maintaining that level of excellence. We also believe in developing our staff, across every level of the organisation, and to do this we draw on the support and expertise of world class leaders for their development.

This is an exciting time to be part of the REAch2 family, and I am proud to work with such exceptional professionals to deliver on our promise of exceptional opportunities for learning to each and every child in our care.

Sir Steve Lancashire

CEO and Founder, REAch2

REAch2 Schools

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.


We acknowledge and celebrate that all people are different and can play a role in the REAch2 family whatever their background or learning style


Children and adults will flourish in their learning and through learning discover a future that is worth pursuing


REAch2 aspires for high quality leadership by seeking out talent, developing potential and spotting the “possible” in people as well as the “actual”

REAch 2 Touchstones and Cornerstones


We recognise that we lead by example and if we want children to grow up to behave appropriately and with integrity then we must model this behaviour


Providing learning that is relevant, motivating and engaging releases a child’s curiosity and fun, so that a task can be tackled and their goals achieved


We act judiciously with sensitivity and care. We don’t make excuses, but mindfully answer for actions and continually seek to make improvements


Inspiration breathes life into our schools. Introducing children to influential experiences of people and place, motivates them to live their lives to the full


Our Trustees and Senior Staff

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 REAch2 Team

The Trust 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.

Meet the Team

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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 within REAch2 by clicking the button below.

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