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The Prime Minister, Theresa May mentioned the school’s achievements – The Daily Mail
Reach Academy in Feltham, has produced outstanding results this summer.
We had some great publicity about the school for our GCSE results in September 2017
At Reach Academy Feltham, a free school in Hounslow, west London, which opened in 2012, 98 per cent of the pupils got a grade 4 or above in English and 98 per cent got the same in maths – the equivalent of C or above in old money. That compares with a national figure of roughly 70 per cent getting 4 or above separately in both subjects. Will this be enough to make Reach the top performer in the country?
The Hounslow Chronicle – Reach Pupils produce hilarious video to persuade people to become teachers
As part of a new recruitment drive the charity has released Kids’ Question Time with pupils from Reach Academy Feltham, revealing how teachers are asked dozens of questions each hour – and not always ones they’d expect.
David Cameron visited Reach on his last day to announce that a second Reach Academy would open
It was fitting that David Cameron chose to visit Reach Academy Feltham as one of his last official acts. Reach, which was ranked Outstanding by Ofsted in 2014, is one of more than 300 free schools that have opened since 2010, with a further 161 in the pipeline and several hundred more due to open in the remainder of this Parliament. Taken together, these schools will prove to be Cameron’s greatest legacy
The Hounslow Chronicle – New School Farm opens
Schoolchildren at Reach Academy in Feltham were overcome with excitement at the opening of their new school farm.
Principal Ed Vainker was joined by deputy mayor of Hounslow Myra Savin to officially open Reach Farm on Monday March 7, home to animals including two pigs named Hook and Willow and 20 chickens.
The Hounslow Chronicle – Executive Chef Junior Lopes inspires free school meals
Mr Lopes who has a team of three chefs at Feltham academy, added: “The School Food Plan team were amazed at how I do this for £2 per student. We try to keep everything as fresh as possible from lasagne to fish fingers, everything is homemade.”
“We change the menu weekly after getting information from the local suppliers of what good value ingredients they have which is dependent on season too, and then make a decision. I think it is a very fair plan and I am surprised it has taken so long to come into practice, but it is amazing the government are helping to do this.”
The Daily Telegraph – Why ‘We’ wants to change the world for children
Cramer is emphatic that, for her pupils, We Day represents so much more than a chance to see their favourite pop stars. “The main thing, they keep telling me, is that they have this passion of being part of changing things for the better.”
Which, indeed, is precisely what the impressively serious Ryan tells me, independently, when no teacher is listening. “And it’ll be very good to learn about how we can get better at fund-raising,” he adds.
Helen does admit to a hankering to meet one particular name, but it’s not a pop princess or a politician. “I really want to say hello to Malala,” she says. Why? “Because she proves that a small person like me, who nobody’s heard of, can make such a big change.
The Guardian – Are schools set up by teachers any better
“Underpinning everything the school does is the belief that every child has the potential to achieve the highest grades and go to a top university regardless of their background or prior attainment. Anyone who doesn’t subscribe to that view doesn’t make it past a first interview – something that attracted English teacher Beck Owen.”
The Guardian – School dinners: pupils given a taste of quality
“For anyone with distasteful memories of school lunches from the 1980s and 1990s, sitting down to lunch with the pupils and staff at the Reach academy in Feltham, west London, is eating in a different era.
For one thing, the food tastes great: everything is freshly prepared on the premises, overseen by chefs who talk to students and share their favourite recipes with parents. Banished from the menu are the chips-with-pizza staples, delivered in a van and heated up to long queues of children, served alongside over-boiled vegetables and the grim inevitability of instant mashed potatoes.”
Evening Standard – A* for effort: the secret behind 5 of London’s new model schools
“Reach Academy head Ed Vainker says that when he was a comprehensive school French teacher, he would teach around 400 different pupils a week — far too many to develop any real relationship with. His solution, with a group of other teachers, was a small free school, offering a friendlier environment — and an all-through school from ages four-18, cutting out the disruption of transition.”
Huffington Post – Pictures of the day from visit by Boris Johnson
Hounslow Chronicle – Mayor Boris signs brick to be used in new Feltham school
“The mayor said: “Reach Academy Feltham is a terrific example of what can be achieved by a driven, committed group of people, wanting to offer an exceptional education to all children.”
Evening Standard – New Free Schools hampered by shortage of buildings
Evening Standard – Schools have got better by Lord Andrew Adonis
“Other beacons of transformation include the Reach Academy Feltham”
Houslow Chronicle – PM Cameron’s praise for Feltham’s Reach Academy
“A HANDSHAKE between Prime Minister David Cameron and principal Ed Vainker of Reach Academy marked the successful opening of Feltham’s newest school. Mr Cameron praised the students, parents and staff at the Feltham free school for their hard work since opening this year during Mr Vainker’s visit to a reception at 10 Downing Street last week.”
Conservative Home – A pioneering all through Free School
“It is fairly small – a maximum of 60 places for each year group.Indeed it was founded by a group of teachers who believe that large secondary schools are not right for all pupils – that sometimes pupils find it difficult to flourish in them. It is felt that a small school makes it easier to give pupils individual attention – for instance to stretch the “gifted and talented” or give extra support for those with “English as an additional language.”
Hounslow Chronicle – Feltham’s first free school welcomes parents
“THE BOROUGH’S first and only free school opened its doors to welcome pupils on Monday. There were tears from the younger children and excitement among the 11-year-olds on the first day of term at new Reach Academy Feltham.”