Overseeing our school
Coventry Diocesan Board of Education (DBE), as an accredited sponsor of St Gabriel’s CofE Academy, has created an academy Trust with the developers of Houlton, Urban & Civic.
Together they are committed to a strong set of values and it is expected that through the establishment of St Gabriel’s CofE Academy, a first-class and innovative education provision will quickly be established within the local community and beyond.
Coventry Diocesan Board of Education
The Diocesan Board of Education (DBE)’s aim in establishing diocesan multi-academy trusts (DMATs) is to build and oversee the growing family of DBE schools with a core mission ‘to build a better future for all within our academies who in turn will positively impact their communities.’
St Gabriel’s CofE Academy will join the growing family of DBE schools. Out of the 74 Church of England schools and academies across the diocese, 59 of these are currently judged ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted with 70 judged as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ for SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools).
Urban & Civic
The developers of Houlton, Urban & Civic, are a strategic property development and investment company which takes a long-term interest in the strategic sites which it masterplans and develops. Urban & Civic already jointly run two highly regarded and successful ‘Outstanding’ academies.
A key tenet of Urban & Civic’s approach is to ensure infrastructure is delivered from the outset to reinforce the establishment of communities early on. Schools are central to this ambition and they fully recognise that their location, design and management require careful consideration and expert involvement.
The Trustees will oversee the development and running of the school and will make sure that all staff and governors uphold the strong principles and values to which they are committed. In particular Trustees will listen carefully to parents and carers and to the local community, as we want St Gabriel’s CofE Academy to be a responsive organisation that works with our key stakeholders to deliver the best education for children and provide an outstanding community facility.
Local board of governors
The school will be run by a locally-recruited board of governors who will be accountable to the charitable Trust. Members of the Trust and school governors will meet regularly with the Headteacher and school staff in order to provide both challenge and support for the school. They will act as critical friends to the school.