REAch2 named as high performing trust by Ofsted

Innovative “11 before 11” programme commended

Primary academy trust, REAch2 has been named as one of seven high performing trusts by Sir Michael Wilshaw, the outgoing Chief Inspector at Ofsted.  The report highlighted common characteristics of high performance amongst the trusts, including recruiting and retaining authoritative executive leaders; well-planned, broad and balanced curriculum; investment in professional development of teachers and the sharing of knowledge and expertise; a focus on pipeline of talent; and clear governance frameworks.

In particular, Sir Michael praised REAch2’s innovative “11 before 11” initiative, through which all pupils at REAch2 will experience 11 seminal activities during their time at a REAch2 primary school.

Sir Steve Lancashire, CEO and Founder of REAch2 said:

“It is fantastic to be recognised in this way by Sir Michael Wilshaw; I am extremely proud of all of commitment and hard work from everyone at REAch2, making us a family of schools that genuinely offer exceptional opportunities to learn. Our expectations on academic excellence are a given in our academies, but we offer so much more. 11 before 11 is our way of making sure that for every single one of our pupils, their school days are memorable in the best way possible.”

The aim of the 11 before 11 scheme is to widen children’s life experiences helping to boost their ambition and expanding their own ideas about what they can achieve. Examples include: climbing a mountain; taking part in a large scale musical event; growing, cooking and serving their own food; visiting a world leading city; camping in a forest; or participating in the REAch2 Olympics.

REAch2 is the largest primary only academy trust, responsible for 55 primary schools across four regions. The Trust was also recently approved to open 22 new free schools ahead of 2020.

To view the full report: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/hmcis-monthly-commentary-october-2016