Reach Fellowship

The Reach Foundation is delighted to launch a Fellowship for ambitious school leaders who have the skills and desire to transform their local communities and provide cradle to career education.

The Reach Fellowship programme aims to

  • Develop a new generation of school leaders through the school leader fellowship, full-time one-year placements based in Feltham and designed for inspirational leaders who have the potential to lead great schools. Two placements will be available in the first year, with numbers growing over time.
  • Support the opening of a new generation of all-through schools, supporting groups around the country interested in opening all-through schools under the Free School programme. 

The placement will also include a three-week residency at a high-performing school in the US. Leaders on the Fellowship will focus on building an understanding of how to develop a cradle to career community organisation. We are accepting applications for the Fellowship now

The new all-through schools will be set up through the free school programme, with groups applying to the Department for Education as they invite bids from new groups. Support provided by Reach Foundation will include residential conferences exploring all aspects of the free school model, support in building a team, on the ground help for community consultation and collaboration and submitting the final application. Leaders of groups approved to open will join the Fellowship.

The team will work alongside the New Schools Network to identify communities with appetite for a new school and to connect with groups interested in exploring an all-through cradle to career model. Read more about the cradle to career model

The Reach Fellowship has been designed by the team behind Reach Academy Feltham, a school for children aged 2-19 serving a vulnerable community, and Reach Children’s Hub, which supports young people and their families across Feltham from cradle to career. Read our story

The Fellowship will be grounded in the Reach Manual, which will be an exhaustive guide to running a school and community hub, which resources, policies and practices. We believe that high quality, evidence-based approaches can have a significant impact on educational outcomes and the Manual will package these accessibly to support leaders to accelerate their impact.