Wednesday 16th May 2018

Posted by Kate Withstandley

Rugby school receives welcoming visit

Rugby school receives welcoming visit

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, recently visited our new St Gabriel’s Church of England Academy in Rugby this summer, as part of his visit to the Diocese of Coventry to help celebrate its centenary.

St Gabriel’s CofE Academy is a partnership between the Coventry Diocesan Board of Education and Houlton’s master developers Urban&Civic.  When it opens in September 2018 it will provide Houlton’s families with high quality education for children between 4 and 11.

Designed to provide three forms-of-entry it will be built in three phases, growing with the community. Our proposal includes the key communal spaces in the first phase and adopts a modular approach by adding simple classroom blocks for each further phase as the school grows.

The internal areas have been carefully designed to create a range of comfortable, stimulating teaching spaces. Good acoustics, daylighting and natural ventilation provide appropriate learning environments throughout the school. Particular attention has been given to passively supervision, both internally and externally, which enables flexible and independent learning, good communication and sharing of resources between teachers and classes.

Richard Coppell, development director for Urban&Civic said; “St Gabriel’s is the first of four schools that will feature in Houlton over the life of its development. The school forms a real statement of intent from us both in terms of high quality design and our investment into how our schools are run. We have been delighted to welcome Archbishop Justin to Houlton and to take him around the first phase of development showing him the school’s key role within this.”