Bohunt Education Trust to Open School in Horsham in 2019


Bohunt Education Trust (BET), an innovative leading academy sponsor in the South of England, will open a new school in Horsham, West Sussex, in September 2019

Bohunt Horsham will be a co-educational, all-through school catering for four to 16 year old students across the local area. It will open in temporary accommodation at Arun House, Hurst Road, to year 7 students in September 2019; a building currently used for high quality educational provision. The School will move to an incredible new build on the major development north of Horsham in September 2020.

Open Evenings for Bohunt Horsham will be held on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 October, from 18:00 to 20:00. The Wednesday Open Evening will be held at the Holbrook Club in Horsham and the Thursday event will be at the Drill Hall on Denne Road. Further details about the school and how to apply will be announced at the Open Evening and on the school’s website:

Bohunt Horsham’s curriculum will share many innovative features with the model used at Bohunt Education Trust (BET)’s other schools: a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), innovative language provision, including Mandarin and immersion, and a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities.

BET schools also offer unparalleled outdoor education opportunities, for example expeditions to Greenland, and are proud of their sporting achievements, with many teams achieving national success, such as Bohunt Wokingham’s Under 13 Girls’ Football team who became national champions last year.

Students at Bohunt Horsham will be able to access the latest technologies to build motivation and become independent learners, equipped with the resilience to succeed in further and higher education and in adult life.

Bohunt Horsham will form part of the growing, high-performing trust, which already comprises six secondary schools and a sixth form across four local education authorities: Hampshire, Portsmouth, West Sussex and Wokingham.

As an all-through school, Bohunt Horsham will provide a seamless educational experience, benefitting students’ progression. The age range will also allow for peer mentoring between year groups, providing older students the opportunity to be leaders, and role models for younger students.

The school will build on the success of the Trust’s existing schools, including the Outstanding rated Bohunt School Liphook, which was awarded ‘Secondary School of the Year’ and ‘Overall School of the Year’ by The Times Educational Supplement in 2014. It also follows the success and popularity of Bohunt School Worthing, which is already oversubscribed at Key Stage 3 level after opening in 2015.

Bohunt Horsham will benefit from the local networking and school-to-school support of the Trust, as well as the successful Trust’s Teaching School Alliance, which works closely with primary partners.

Neil Strowger, Chief Executive Officer of Bohunt Education Trust, the sponsor of the new all-through free school Bohunt Horsham, said:

“We are delighted to be able to make this announcement.  Bohunt Horsham will provide a high-quality seamless education from age four to 16 for more than 1,600 children and young people in the local area. They will benefit from the innovative approach to education that is the mark of all Bohunt’s schools, and from being part of a vibrant, dynamic local trust, which has already proven its capacity to drive improvement.

“We would like to thank the Department for Education and West Sussex County Council for their support.”

Dr. Ray Morton, Chair of Governors for Bohunt Education Trust said:

“Over the last year, BET has grown to six academies, plus a sixth form, with over 7,000 students. As governors, we want as many young people as possible to access and benefit from the Trust’s outstanding educational model, and Bohunt Horsham is the latest in a long line of successes.

“This success pays testament to the dedication and hard work of staff and students that takes place across all of our schools, every single day.”