Houlton Stories

  • Houlton invites 30 schools from all over the country to #BeWorldClass
    17 Mar 2022

    175 students head to Houlton School in Rugby in a bid to achieve WCSQM reaccreditation for their school. On 17th March 2022 Houlton School, a brand new free school in Rugby, hosted the World Class Schools Quality Mark (WCSQM) Assessment Centre, welcoming 175 students from 30 primary and secondary schools applying for WCSQM re-accreditation. The assessment centre event marked a return to in-person assessment events for the education charity that works to accredit non-selective schools from around the UK as World Class. In order to achieve World Class Quality Mark accreditation the school’s students must demonstrate World Class characteristics, using the WCSQM framework of characteristics as a benchmark of the skills and competencies young people need to thrive in an ever changing global economy.
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  • Festive Extravaganza Highlights Reel 2021
    15 Dec 2021


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  • Principal's Address to Parents (Open Evening Sept 2022) now live!
    28 Sep 2021

    In order to avoid overcrowding in the auditorium at Thursday's Open Evening, we have, instead, made a short film with the information Mr McCulley would have given you during his talk. It can be viewed on our Open Evening page here .
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  • Rugby’s newest school set to feature on BBC One TV programme
    13 May 2021

    Rugby’s newest secondary school – Houlton School – is set to feature on BBC One TV programme ‘Dom Digs In.’ The programme, which is hosted by Dom Littlewood, will explore the construction of the brand-new Houlton School ahead of opening....
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  • All systems go: Houlton School gets the green light for opening
    13 Jan 2021

    After years of planning and preparation, Houlton School has been given the all clear to open by the Secretary of State for Education. Located in the Grade II listed former Rugby Radio Station, the 11-18 academy is positioned in the heart of Urban&Civic’s new residential development at Houlton. Despite COVID challenges, work on the site has been proceeding at pace over the last 12 months, and plans for the exciting curriculum that will be on offer have also been developed. The school’s recent Section 10 consultation, which captures the community’s view on all the plans, was also recently submitted to the Department for Education.
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  • Work begins to transform iconic Rugby radio building into Houlton School
    15 Jan 2020

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  • Principal Designate is announced

    Mr Michael McCulley has been appointed as Houlton School’s inaugural Principal. Mr McCulley, who has a wealth of experience working in Good and Outstanding schools, has taken up post and is looking forward to working in an area that has a real personal importance to him. Mr McCulley, Principal Designate, said: “I grew up not too far away from Rugby in nearby Leamington Spa, so understand well what a special place to work and live Warwickshire is. “To be the founding Principal of a school so resolutely focused on serving its immediate community was an opportunity too enticing to pass up.
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The facilities, ethos, opportunities and environment are awe-inspiring. It's truly like an independent school experience - but without the fees!
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