Angel Gabriel inspires Rugby’s first masts site school

An early impression of St Gabriel's. NNL-160407-162322001
An early impression of St Gabriel's. NNL-160407-162322001
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A Church of England primary will be the first of four planned schools to open at the radio masts site under the name of St Gabriel’s CofE Academy.

The landmark moment for the massive development east of Rugby, known as Houlton, is due to arrive in September next year.

The schools is being sponsored by the Diocesan Board of Education at Coventry Diocese and the site developers Urban and Civic.

Houlton is due to see 6,200 homes built over the next 15-20 years and will feature an eight-GP health centre, alink road to Rugby town centre, green spaces – andthree new primaries plus a secondary school.

A spokesman for the trailblazer of those four, said: “As the first school on the site, St Gabriel’s CofE Academy will be a hub for the local community.

“For most parents – many new to the area – the school will be their first point of communication to access a range of services.

“It will be a place where they can feel listened to, valued and supported.

“Therefore, rather fittingly, the school has been named after the Bible’s great communicator, the archangel Gabriel.

“The school will be pivotal in communicating the Christian message to its children, with its mission statement being ‘to communicate God’s love through the provision of excellent Christian education so that all will flourish to achieve their potential’.

“Also, the children at St Gabriel’s will become communicators themselves as the DBE has established strong international links with schools and communities in Bethlehem, Kaduna and Delhi.

“ICT will be a priority to enable the children to enjoy these worldwide links.”

St Gabriel’s will join a family of 74 Church of England school and academies across the Coventry diocese.

The Bishop of Coventry Christopher Cocksworth said: “The Diocese is proud of its Church of England Schools which educate about 17,000 children and young people.

“The headteachers, staff and governors strive to promote the highest quality in everything they do, living and working with the values of Jesus Christ every day.

“Our schools are a significant part of the Church family of the Diocese. Seeking to build communities of care and understanding, they witness God’s love for each person and reflect God’s desire for the world to be a better place for us all to live in.”