Read about why some of our teachers chose to work at Reach:
I left teaching after just two years to work for an education charity, and didn’t envisage returning to the classroom any time soon. Luckily, I lived with a teacher from Reach and so I heard a lot about the school and what it was trying to achieve. I came to visit for the day shortly before Christmas, purely out of curiosity rather than intending to get a job; by lunchtime I had changed my mind about teaching once more. I was blown away by the calm yet joyful atmosphere that pervaded every classroom, the eagerness with which pupils’ sought out challenge, and the sincerity with which staff spoke about the pupils’ and their goals. The relationships between staff and students were friendly but firm, and the genuine care for students’ success and happiness was evident in every interaction. This family feel was probably the key factor for me; every child’s future was a concern for every staff member, and we work towards those goals together.
I joined Reach Academy in July 2012 and was part of the founding team. During the first year I worked part-time (two days per week), supporting and advising on the development of our Primary team and teaching our Reception cohort. Prior to joining Reach, I spent eleven years working at a large Primary School in Wandsworth, where I gained a wealth of experience teaching across both Key Stages 1 and 2. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team and a Leading Mathematics teacher, I supported colleagues within my own school and carried out consultancy work in other schools in central London. I studied Geography at Nottingham University and then stayed for a fourth year to gain my PGCE at Nottingham Trent.
Whilst on maternity leave with my second child, I heard about Reach Academy from a colleague at my previous school. I had been talking about finding a job closer to home for several years, but the right challenge had never come along. The prospect of helping develop a brand new school with new innovative ideas sounded exciting – and the fact that is was going to be a ten minute drive away added to its appeal!
During my second year, I increased my working days to three per week. I led the development of the new mathematics curriculum, developed our P.E curriculum and was the planning lead for our new Nursery which opened in November 2015. Now in my third year at Reach, I have taken over as our Primary Inclusion Lead, a new challenge which I am really enjoying.
I can honestly say I have never worked with such an enthusiastic and motivated team of people. Everyone is prepared to go that extra mile to ensure every one of our pupils gets the very best. I am looking forward to continuing to put into place all the exciting plans we have for the future of the school. We have a fantastic opportunity to try new ways of doing things and I am very proud to be part of Reach’s journey.
I joined Reach in 2012 as a founding teacher, having previous worked for three years as an aeronautical engineer. I joined Reach Academy because I heard about an exciting new project to provide a life of opportunity and success for children in Feltham. The senior leadership team had a clear, ambitious and uncompromising vision of a world-class standard of education that Reach would provide for any child in the local area. I joined as a NQT straight from a PGCE qualification undertaken at King’s College London and completed my first year as a science teacher. I am now in my third year at the school and am currently Head of Physics. A focus on continuous and structured professional development at Reach Academy has led to significant improvements in the quality of my teaching. It is a unique and invigorating experience to be a science teacher a brand new building with brilliant colleagues and top-class facilities. I am looking forward to the prospect of delivering exciting and challenging GCSE and A level science curriculums.
I joined Reach Academy as a Tutor Fellow in 2013 having graduated from the University of Southampton. I supported pupils in Maths and Science and it confirmed that I wanted to become a teacher. As soon as I heard about Reach Academy I knew I wanted to be a part of the team that was going to prove that a child’s socio-economic background does not have to limit their academic successes and life prospects.
I am now training to teach at Reach as part of the Schools Direct programme. I knew from very early last year that I wanted to stay and train at Reach as I felt aligned with the school’s mission. I have enjoyed building strong and lasting relationships with our pupils. I love the fact that we are a small school and believe that these strong relationships enable staff to have a huge impact on the pupils. In the coming years I look forward to the age gap between our primary and secondary pupils closing; I would love to be able to teach a cohort of pupils who have been at Reach since the age of 4 – it will be an exciting challenge!
My interest in teaching as a career was sparked whilst studying for a degree in Childhood Studies at University of Bristol, where I spent time working with groups of school children with a variety of educational needs. After graduating, I went on to do a PGCE at the University of Cambridge and whilst looking for my first job as an NQT, I was put in touch with Reach Academy. The school leader’s description of the approach and values of Reach Academy was very exciting and I was persuaded right away to apply for the position of Reception teacher. All my expectations have been realised: I work in a positive, ambitious culture, in a school which is deeply rooted in its community; I am treated as a valued member of staff and offered continual support via weekly CPD sessions and one-to-one coaching; and I see many opportunities ahead as the school expands.
I joined Reach Academy through the Teach First programme in 2013. The desire to have a direct impact on young people’s lives encouraged me to make the move to teaching. I am now the Head of Year 8 and thoroughly enjoying having a pastoral responsibility. I have received excellent coaching, which has not only helped me to become an outstanding teacher, but has also enabled me to develop the skills needed to take on a pastoral role. I appreciate the sense of community that Reach has. Pupils and staff are always working together and every day brings something new. It is the people at Reach that have made working here such an amazing experience. Every member of staff works tirelessly to support pupils in building happy and successful lives. We all encourage one another and I am grateful for the support I get from my colleagues every day.