Reach South Academy Trust

Aspiration Beyond Expectation

About Us

Aspiration beyond expectation

Reach South is an academy trust that was set up as a sister trust to REAch2. The trust is founded on the same values and draws strength from being linked to a wider family of schools. At our core, we are a regional trust serving the South West of England with the objective of operating schools that deliver exceptional learning opportunities for children and young people of all school ages.

Our central mission is for Reach South pupils to aspire to achieve beyond the expectations that others place on them.

Reach South Academy Trust exists to provide schools that serve their local community, offering parents and guardians access to the highest quality of local school for their children.

Letter from Dean Ashton

Chief Executive, Reach South Academy Trust

Welcome to Reach South Academy Trust. We are a family of schools that work in collaboration for the benefit of all of our pupils and students. We strongly believe that our charitable objectives, to advance education in the UK, are best realised through collaboration, not only within the Trust but also beyond the Trust, where it brings educational benefit to children and young people.

Reach South is a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) that was first established in Plymouth in 2016. At the start of the 2017-2018 academic year, we were operating eight primary academies in Plymouth. Since then our first two primary academies in Bournemouth have also joined us. Reach South was established as a trust to provide primary, secondary and special education. We are delighted that our founding special academy, The Springfields Academy ( in Wiltshire, joined us in November 2017. We are also working towards our first secondary academies joining the trust in 2018. Our aim is to deliver an all through 3-19 education for children and young people in the South West and in collaboration with REAch2 to contribute to that goal across the wider country. Reach South is the sister trust of REAch2 Academy Trust ( REAch2 was established in 2012 and at the start of the 2017-2018 academic year operated 54 primary academies across the Midlands, London and the South East of England. Reach South and REAch2 share a set of educational values and work in close collaboration and partnership together, although the two trusts are separate and independent legal entities. Those shared values, established by REAch2, are embodied in our family name: REACH – Raising Educational Achievement for Children.

We are developing Reach South on a clear set of values, curriculum principles and organisational behaviours. At the heart of those values is a belief in our young people and a determination to support them to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become the successful citizens for today and all of their tomorrows. No child’s aspirations should be limited by the expectations of others.

Dean Ashton

Chief Executive

Reach South Schools




Our Values
  • Inclusivity
  • Promoting social mobility
  • Serving our local communities
  • Believing in the potential of our young people
  • Preparing tomorrow's adults to contribute to social, economic, environmental and cultural sustainable development
Our Curriculum Principles
  • Delivering high standards of education for all pupils
  • Providing a broad, rich and experiential curriculum to develop rounded young people
  • Providing pathways that are relevant to the needs of our young people and the wider community
  • Basing our approach on verifiable research evidence where it exists
  • Teaching young people how to be effective learners
Our Behaviours
  • Encouraging professional freedoms within consistent boundaries
  • Championing young people rather than institutions
  • Collaborating rather than competing where it delivers positive impacts on learning
  • Acting with the highest levels of integrity and engendering trust
  • Continually developing the skills and capacities of our people and our organisation