**Our Section 10 Consultation has now closed – a report of its outcomes, and the Trust’s response, is available below:**

Section 10 Consultation Report v2.0 FINAL

The Transforming Lives Educational Trust (TLET), based in Rugby, has been selected by the Department for Education (DfE) to establish a new secondary school in Rugby in response to a growing shortage of school places for secondary aged children. The new school, Houlton School, will be a non-selective, all-ability, 11-18 secondary school.

Houlton School will form part of TLET’s growing partnership of primary and secondary academies and, as such, will represent TLET’s belief in the transformative power of learning and its singular ability to broaden horizons, deepen perspectives and extend potential. TLET wants its family of academies to provide a springboard for children, young people and staff so that they become exemplary citizens who strive to stretch their potential and become transformers in a diverse and ever-changing world.

We are now in  the pre-opening phase of the process for establishing Houlton School and, as such, we are required to hold a consultation exercise (under Section 10 of the Academies Act 2010) to determine whether TLET should enter into a Funding Agreement with the Secretary of State for Education in order to open Houlton School.

We want to hear from all of the community in the coming weeks, listening to your comments and acting on any feedback to ensure that Houlton School meets the needs of the community it will serve. To this end, the consultation will seek the views of a wide range of stakeholders and will run for 6 weeks, starting on Monday 30th November 2020 and finishing on Monday 11th January 2021.

How do I respond?

You can share your comments by clicking here. Alternatively, you can download a copy of comments form here and post it to:

Houlton School Section 10 Consultation
Transforming Lives Educational Trust
Ashlawn Road
CV22 5ET

What can you expect from Houlton School?

Ethos, Vision & Values

Houlton School is proud to share its values with the Transforming Lives Educational Trust: loyalty, excellence, courage, tenacity and kindness. These values underpin our mission to ensure that every child who crosses our threshold is joining so much more than just a school. They will join an extended family and will remain members of our community for life.

We are committed to be the school of choice for families within our immediate community. We will:

  • provide a safe space for pupils to be themselves, to celebrate difference and yet to feel a strong sense of belonging as members of our Houlton family so that they thrive in all aspects of school life;
  • encourage each individual to extend their academic potential by placing particular emphasis on challenge, teamwork, independence, creativity and enjoyment through a world class community of learning;
  • appreciate the value of co-curricular activities and encourage wide participation and excellence across a diverse range of activities in sports, the arts and wider specialist interests;
  • ensure pupils understand their place in the world as global citizens, creating opportunities to visit different cultures, explore their roles as active citizens and respect diversity: learning today for the world of tomorrow; and
  • use open lines of communication and engagement across all stakeholders to ensure we are a self-evaluative school, which consistently seeks to reflect and improve.

When pupils join our school, they join our family for life – we will actively seek to engage with them beyond their formal time with us and celebrate the rich successes of our alumni to inspire future generations of the Houlton family.

The Curriculum

Houlton School’s curriculum will follow the Secondary National Curriculum Programmes of Study at Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9) and Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11). We will offer a combination of traditional GCSEs/GCE ‘A’ levels, and a selection of applied, vocational qualifications at Key Stage 4 and in the Sixth Form (Years 12 & 13). This curriculum will be supported by co-curricular opportunities, for example sport and fitness, performing arts, and other opportunities. Educational Visits will also be offered to enhance the core offer.

Houlton School’s proposed buildings have been delivered by a partnership between the DfE and Urban&Civic – the developers at Houlton. Therefore, we are in the enviable position to be able to offer specialist facilities across the entire curriculum, so we have not needed to limit specialist provision to one or two curriculum areas. We will be offering vocational Broadcast qualifications at Key Stage 4 and 5 to continue the legacy of the campus as a global centre of communications.

You can hear more about our vision for Houlton School from our Principal Designate and CEO by visiting our Virtual Opening Evening materials here.

Admissions & Special Educational Needs

Houlton School proposes to open to 180 Year 7 pupils in September 2021 with 6 forms of entry, growing year-on-year to full capacity in 2027 with approximately 1200 pupils. Our admissions policy, which was fully consulted upon, can be found here; the summary of responses to the admissions policy is here. Our TLET SEND policy can be found here.

The Site

Houlton School will occupy an iconic landmark building locally known as the Rugby Radio Station, set in twenty acres of countryside on the east boundary of Rugby (M1 junction 18). With the addition of two purpose-built teaching blocks and a Sport England compliant Sports Centre, Houlton School will provide a truly exceptional school site for pupils aged between 11-18 years. The school will serve its local community – a new housing community of 6,200 homes to be built over the next 15 years. Houlton School will be the only secondary school on the development and will set the standard for delivering excellence in education as well as providing a valuable community resource via its facilities.

The proposed £36m, state-of-the-art campus, which will be delivered by a partnership between the developers at Houlton, Urban and Civic, and the government’s Department for Education, will offer:

Within our Grade II listed ‘Transmission Hall’:

  • A double-height, specialist Dance/Activity studio with mirrored wall, barre and specialist flooring
  • A separate, fully equipped Performing Arts Acting Studio
  • A state-of-the-art, professional grade Radio Studio, broadcasting from our site and supporting our planned qualifications at Key Stage 4 and 5 in Broadcast, honouring our campus’ heritage as a global centre for communication
  • Four bright and airy specialist Art, Design and Photography studios, including brand new kiln and dark-room facilities;
  • Large, dedicated Sixth-Form social and study areas, within the penthouse suite, with aerial views of the surrounding countryside
  • A student services reception with staff on hand to support pupils at all times.

Purpose-built Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) building:

  • Brand new, state-of-the-art accommodation, including science laboratories, a Design Technology suite, specialist accommodation for Food Preparation and Nutrition, Computing and the Mathematics department.

Purpose-built Humanities building:

  • This will be home to our broader arts curriculum, including English, History, Geography, Religious Studies, Film Studies and the Social Sciences. Classrooms are all equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including 86″ interactive screens for English and Film Studies, and impressive 75″ screens for all other classrooms in this building and across the campus to support pupils’ learning.

Purpose-built Sport England compliant Sports Centre:

  • Large, professional standard sports hall with changing facilities and equipment to support pupils’ health and fitness and provide opportunities for competitive sports. There will also be an outdoor floodlit multi-use games area and extensive playing fields. It is our intention to make the sports facilities, as well as other spaces, available for community use.

Further details about the proposed site can be found at