Headteacher announced for new Houghton Regis school

Houstone is set to open in September next year

Friday, 12th November 2021, 12:14 am
Updated Friday, 12th November 2021, 12:28 am

The first headteacher of a new school planning to open in Houghton Regis in September next year has been announced.

Elizabeth English has been appointed as the Principal Designate of Houstone School.

Currently Vice Principal at the Harris St Johns Wood in London, Ms English brings an excellent track record of high expectations, rigour and commitment to the school, says a spokesman for the Advantage Schools Trust which will manage the school.

Elizabeth English

Ms English will take up her post in April to prepare for the school opening in September 2022 and will work closely with Advantage Schools to ensure that all necessary preparations are taken and the school will be one of the very best.

Stuart Lock, Chief Executive, said: “Elizabeth was a stand-out candidate for this role, and shone through in an exceptionally strong field. We did not compromise on what we were looking for at all, and in Elizabeth we have appointed someone who will do a fantastic job. This appointment is a big step to ensuring that we are able to fulfil the promise of Houstone School to the families that we will serve.

“We could not have wished for a more suitable, well-qualified Principal Designate. I am delighted! We know that some families feel let down in Houghton Regis, and we are determined to play our part in ensuring a brighter future for local young people.”

Ms English said: "It is an honour to be appointed as the Founding Principal of Houstone School and I am very much looking forward to getting started in my new role. The families of Houghton Regis and beyond are so deserving of an excellent school and I am fully committed to delivering this objective for their children.

"I believe in students being happy, safe and successful at school, with access to an aspirational academic curriculum. With the benefit of the new building and facilities currently under construction, we will be able to offer high quality sports and arts electives outside of the classroom for all.

“One of my first priorities is to recruit the excellent staff that will help shape the school and ensure the students are able to achieve their very best. I am determined to find the best teachers and will be advertising for these posts in the coming months.

“I am really looking forward to meeting all children and their families in the run-up to our opening in September 2022 and working closely with the community to build a truly world-class school."

Houstone School (pronounced “How-stone” after the historic name of Houghton Regis) will open in September 2022 on the Kingsland site in Houghton Regis. It will accept pupils in years 7, 8, 9 and 10. Whilst applications for places in year 7 closed at the end of October, there are very limited spaces to be allocated in the late application round. Applications for years 8, 9 and 10 will open later in the year.

There will be an opportunity to meet Ms English, the new Principal, in due course. Families and parents should sign up to the Houstone School updates to be kept informed, and they can do this via the website www.houstoneschool.co.uk or emailing on [email protected]