Ofsted report praises new secondary school - The Rugby Observer

Ofsted report praises new secondary school

Rugby Editorial 8th Feb, 2022   0

A GLOWING Ofsted report has praised Rugby’s newest secondary school for its preparations prior to opening last September.

The newly-released report into Houlton School, based on a pre-registration inspection which took place in May 2021, praised the school for the provision that was put in place by leaders.

Inspectors reported that leaders and trustees were ‘highly effective and have considerable experience in running successful schools’. They were also praised for placing ‘spiritual, moral, social and cultural education at the heart of the curriculum’, and for their ‘policies and plans for personal, health and social education’.

The school’s premises – a £39m, 20-acre campus including Grade II listed buildings that previously housed Rugby International Radio Station – was also commended.




Houlton School Principal Michael McCulley said: “At Houlton School innovation, aspiration and excellence are at the heart of all we do, and I am incredibly pleased that this has been recognised by Ofsted.

“Since the time of the inspection we have welcomed our founding Year 7 pupils and it has been a great privilege to see them flourishing in their new secondary school.”


James Higham, CEO of the Transforming Lives Educational Trust which runs the school, added: “From the very outset, we have been absolutely clear on our vision for this wonderful school. The many positive comments we received as part of the pre-registration inspection are a testament to the efforts of everyone involved in making this vision a reality.

“Our thanks go to all of our partners who have worked tirelessly with us to provide such an exceptional school for our pupils.”

Houlton School’s pre-opening inspection was carried out by Ofsted at the request of the Secretary of State for Education.

Visit https://tinyurl.com/5n6r4wez to read a copy of the full report.

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