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 30 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.
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.
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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.
REAch2's submission to the education select committee's inquiry into academiesRead more »
REAch2 has submitted written evidence to the House of Commons Education Select Committee’s current inquiry into academies. The submission, which has now been published, has provided us with an opportunity to…
REAch2 governance & leadership conferenceRead more »
Principals, Heads of School and Chairs of Governors from across REAch2 made the journey to Westminster on 31st January for our annual governance and leadership conference. Colleagues heard from Steve Lancashire and Peter Little (Chair of REAch2) who spoke…
Dover Road Academy features on NewsnightRead more »
Staff & Pupils at Dover Road Academy featured on Newsnight on 11th December. The Trust was approached by Newsnight as they were keen to visit a school where improvements are currently being led by teachers and leaders, with the…
“I've experienced the most outstanding professional development of my career" Zoe Foulsham - Headteacher
Success thrives upon great communication; the most successful families are those that gather together to share hopes, dreams, achievements, and experiences. They are mutually supportive and are always inclusive.
We believe that frequent get-togethers are an important aspect of REAch2 family life - and we promise that our events programme will always be relevant - focused on communicating great learning ideas and initiatives - that in turn will help to improve and enhance our children's overall educational and life experiences. The following events are currently planned:
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.
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 Lee Francis: email@example.com
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.
Talent and Recruitment
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.
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Steve Lancashire Chief ExecutiveSteve Lancashire Chief Executive
Cathie Paine Deputy Chief ExecutiveCathie Paine Deputy Chief Executive
Dean Ashton Business DirectorDean Ashton Business Director
Lee FrancisLee Francis
The Rt Revd David Rossdale Non-Executive DirectorThe Rt Revd David Rossdale Non-Executive Director
John West-Burnham Non-Executive DirectorJohn West-Burnham Non-Executive Director
Dr Louise Askew Non-Executive DirectorDr Louise Askew Non-Executive Director
Peter Little Non-Executive DirectorPeter Little Non-Executive Director
Shane Tewes Non-Executive DirectorShane Tewes Non-Executive Director
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: firstname.lastname@example.org