Bohunt Education Trust Set To Open Horsham Free School


Bohunt Education Trust (BET), an innovative leading academy sponsor in the South of England, is to extend its outstanding educational offering by opening a new free school in Horsham, West Sussex.

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 September 2019, with 1,620 students when full in 2025. The school will form part of the growing, high-performing Trust which already has a highly effective presence in West Sussex.

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 excellent 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.

The curriculum will share many innovative features with the model used at the Trust’s other schools, including a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and Challenge Based Learning. Students 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 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 that our application to open our new free school, Bohunt Horsham, has been approved by the Department for Education.

“The school 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 for our proposal.”

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

“As governors, we want as many young people as possible to access and benefit from the Trust’s outstanding educational model, and this new school 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.”

A West Sussex County Council spokesperson said:

“We welcome news of the new free school in Horsham. The aim and ambition of the county council is to strengthen our provision of school places and choice across the county to ensure that all our children and young people have access to high quality learning experience at all ages. We look forward to continuing to work with all our education partners.”


*         Bohunt Horsham will be a co-educational, all-through school, due to open in September 2019.

*         Set to be at full capacity of 1,620 by 2025, from age four to 11 in the primary phase and then from age to age 11 to 16 in the secondary phase.

*         Bohunt Horsham will be the seventh school in Bohunt Education Trust network – a growing, high-performing multi academy trust (MAT). All seven BET schools will be located within an hour’s drive of the centre so local networking and school to school support will be an integral part of day to day life in our schools and all schools will benefit from being part of our successful TESLA.

*         West Sussex County Council has identified the need for new schools in the Horsham areas to serve new housing developments

*         BET’s open schools are:

o   Bohunt School, Liphook

o   Bohunt School, Worthing

o   Bohunt School, Wokingham

o   Priory School, in Portsmouth

o   The Petersfield School

– Bohunt Sixth Form in Liphook will open in September 2017