11 Before 11

Life is an adventure – and school should be too

It is essential that our children can read, write and add up to the level that you would expect for their age, but attending a REAch2 school has always been about so much more.


Think back – what do you remember about your primary school days? Was it phonics lessons or learning how to do long division? Or was it a brilliant school trip where you camped under the stars? Or built a raft and crossed a lake? Or built and launched rockets from the playground? These types of great opportunity – the memorable experiences that cement themselves into your psyche – happen in every school. What’s different for us is that we consciously codify it into a set of promises so that it becomes something that EVERY child is entitled to.

And “11 before 11” is the way we do this; it’s a set of promises that help our children to be in the driving seat in their own lives. They are a series of seminal experiences that we want every child in the REAch2 family to have experienced before they leave us to go to secondary school aged 11. Across all the Reach2  schools, we are ambitious for our children to have broad horizons in life and high aspirations for themselves. We want our children to be inspired and challenged so that each one can develop their unique potential to the full.

11 before 11 takes our children beyond the usual, to open opportunities in life and inspire them to move forward in their own life’s adventure. We are incredibly proud of “11 before 11”.


The promises are to offer our children a wide range of enriching and inspirational experiences.

Each year group will achieve one or more promises each year.


The 11 promises are as follows: 

  1. Hiking heroes

  2. Shake it up Shakespeare 

  3. Ride a large animal 

  4. Messing about in the river

  5. Performing a flash mob 

  6. Sleeping under the stars 

  7. Creating a large sculpture 

  8. Crossing a border 

  9. Ten good deeds

  10. Make and break a Reach2 record

  11. Grow and cook a meal

KS1 completed their ’Ride a Large Animal’ promise during their trip to Blackpool.  








Year 4 have completed their promises:

messing about in the river and

creating a large sculpture.

Have a look in our front entrance

hall to see the large sculpture Year 4

created during their ‘Plastic Pollution’

mini mission.









Year 5 completed their good deed.

They have been to Maple Court to

spend time with the elderly residents there.

They played them some music, told them

jokes and spent time talking to and

creating pieces of art with the residents.












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MEssing by river Yr4.jpg
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