CEO of REAch2 and Reach4 Knighted in New Year Honours

Sir Sir Steve LancashireSir Steve Lancashire, the CEO of academy trusts REAch2 and the newly formed Reach4 was recognised today in the New Year Honours, receiving a Knighthood for his services to education. Sir Steve is also Executive Headteacher of Hillyfield Primary Academy in Walthamstow.

REAch2 is the largest and one of the most successful families of primary academies, with 53 schools in the Trust. Reach4 has been established to run both primary and secondary schools and will operate initially in the South Yorkshire area, with schools joining the Trust from this month.

Sir Steve grew up as part of a mining community and was educated in Sheffield. He has been a Headteacher for over twenty years and is passionate about ensuring that every child has the best possible education as they start out in life.

Chairman of REAch2 and Reach4, Peter Little said:

“Everyone in the REAch family is immensely proud of Steve for this richly deserved honour. He has dedicated his professional life to ensuring that children – particularly those from tougher backgrounds – have exceptional opportunities to learn and in doing so, go on to fulfil their potential. His dedication and commitment knows no bounds; he is an inspirational leader, not just in REAch2 and Reach4, but in the education sector more broadly.”

Roger Pryce, Chair of Governors at Hillyfield Academy, the founding primary school in REAch2 said:

“The whole school community at Hillyfield is delighted that the achievements of our Executive Headteacher, Sir Steve Lancashire, have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours. Sir Steve has given 12 years sterling service to the school, transforming it into a double outstanding academy. Steve is tireless in his efforts to ensure that all children receive the very best education possible as well as having life changing opportunities. We are very proud that Hillyfield is the founder school of the REAch2 Trust as it allows us to share our experience and expertise to the benefit of thousands more children.”

Commenting on his Knighthood, Sir Steve Lancashire said:

“My passion for learning and education was instilled at a very early age by my parents. They taught me to believe in myself and in the power of education to change lives and bring opportunity. I try to bring this belief and passion to the children in our Trust. They deserve no less, and it is a huge privilege to have set up and lead both REAch2 and Reach4 so that every child in our care has an exceptional education. Both trusts operate as a family of academies, and this Honour is testament to the hard work and commitment of every single member of that family.”

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