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Who we are
Founded in 2012, REAch2 Academy Trust is the largest primary-only academy trust in the country. We are a growing charitable organisation currently supporting 55 primary academies across England.
We are a family that delivers school to school improvement, going the extra mile for all our children. We are passionate about dispelling the myth that only certain children are able to achieve.
The REAch2 Academy Trust originated from the successful school improvement and partnership work led by Hillyfield Primary Academy in Waltham Forest in East London.
Our 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.
With extensive school reform and proven educational excellence in our core staff, REAch2 set a mission: to help struggling schools to improve their provision and to offer outstanding education to our pupils, from disadvantaged or deprived communities. The drive was not to grow an empire of schools, but rather the compulsion to share our proven approach to sustained school improvement for the benefit of children and their communities.
“It is our moral obligation as an outstanding school to help other primaries that we can. We work in the toughest areas and show that success is possible: if it can be done here, it can be done anywhere.” Steve Lancashire, CEO, REAch2 Academy Trust
For a young organisation, we have a significant, and growing, footprint: currently 51 schools, soon to increase. From two schools in September 2012 (Hillyfield in Waltham Forest and Garden City Academy in Hertfordshire) to 51 open academies across the country. This pace of growth has been considered and responsible, focusing on growing families of schools that are each self-supporting. Ultimately, we believe that big is just big, small is just small, and great is great.
Enriched learning experience
Delivering the changes needed to secure excellent achievement is a given in each of our Academies – our schools improve, on average, around four times the national average. Our pupils who come from more disadvantaged communities achieve significantly higher than the national average, outperforming at both Level 4 and even Level 5. The gap or REAch2 pupils between those who receive the pupil premium and those who do not is less than half that of the national gap.
But REAch2 is about so much more, offering a richness of experience that gives real colour throughout the time our children spend with us.
We believe in providing exceptional educational experiences, and Try 5 is how we provide this. Each REAch2 child will benefit from five seminal experiences that will help them to have before they move on to secondary school. These range from visiting a foreign country and climbing a mountain through to learning to play an instrument and cooking a family meal with food that they have grown themselves.