Why I work at Reach
Watch this video made by our pupils explaining why Reach is such a great place to work, and below hear from some of our teachers themselves.
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 Head of the Current Year 11 and have been their Head of Year since Year 7. 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.
Sophie featured in a documentary about the school called H is for Harry.
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. 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.