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Welcome & our story

Reach Academy Feltham is a new school located in central Feltham. We founded the school because we believe passionately that all young people, regardless of background, can achieve great things.

Our goal is to provide all of our pupils with the opportunity to go to university if they wish and to live happy, healthy and productive lives. We have created a community of pupils, parents and teachers united by the highest expectations of what every young person can achieve, and by the commitment to help young people to excel.

Examples of our commitment can be seen in our longer school day, our all-through structure and our rigorous curriculum which will focus on supporting pupils to achieve well in English and Maths before broadening to include a range of subjects.

The school opened in September 2012 with a Reception and Year 7 class and will grow to serve pupils from 4 to 18. We now have pupils in Nursery up to Year 3 in Primary and Year 7 to Year 10 in Secondary. Our school is small, with only sixty pupils in each year.

The most important ingredient of a great school is superb teaching and we are fortunate to have exceptional teachers who are prepared to go beyond normal expectations to make a difference for our pupils. Our school’s small size means that every adult knows every pupil and family, and deeply understand our pupils’ needs. We are deeply committed to working with parents and believe that communication between home and school is vital

We welcome visitors to the school and look forward to meeting you

Yours sincerely,

Ed Vainker

Ed-Vainker

 

 

Reach Academy Feltham was founded by a group of teachers who believe that schools, especially large Secondary schools, are not always set up to help young people flourish and fulfil their potential. We decided we wanted to open a different kind of school, one that took children all the way through their school career, from 4 to 18, one that was small, with only 60 pupils in each year, one that worked closely with parents and, most importantly, one that had the highest expectations of what pupils can achieve.
2010
The school’s founders, Jon McIntosh, Rebecca Cramer and Ed Vainker come together and agreed that they would apply to open a small, all-through school.
2011
Founders visit Feltham and build relationships in the community, including collecting hundreds of signatories interested in a new school. Application to the DfE to open ‘Reach Academy Feltham’ is submitted, interviews in August and approved to open in October.
2012
Recruit our first cohorts of pupils in Reception and Year 7, our founding teachers and move into our temporary building, which had previously been a job centre. On September 6th, the school opened its doors to its frontier cohorts. In December the school is officially opened by Andrew Adonis.
2013
Welcome the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to the school. Work begins on our permanent building on Feltham High Street. Recruit of second cohort of pupils so that the school grows to 220 pupils in September.
2014
The first all-through Free School to be judged outstanding by Ofsted. Exceptional results announced, including 83% Good Level of Development in Reception and 90% passing the Phonics Screen. The school moves into its permanent home in November with 340 pupils on roll.
2015
School features in a range of media, including the Times, Guardian, ITV news and as a case study in Polly Toynbee’s book, Cameron’s Coup. Opened our Nursery and welcomed 2 year olds in September 2015. School grows to over 500 pupils and frontier cohort move into GCSE courses in Year 10.


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