Letter from Sir Steve Lancashire

Chief Executive, REAch2 Academy Trust

REAch2 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.

Seven years later and there are now circa 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