Ceremony at Bohunt School Worthing Marks Start of Building Work
The official turf cutting ceremony at the new Bohunt School Worthing was held this week to mark the start of building work. The new school is expected to be completed in May 2016 and will accommodate 900 students. It will have a three-storey state of the art teaching block, a large indoor sports hall, dance studio and multi-use games area.
Adam Whitehead, Headteacher, said: “It is so satisfying to be on our site and see the start of what will be a fantastic academy and facility for the community. “The design will create not just a wonderful school but a vibrant, dynamic, safe environment in which local young people can receive a proven, unique educational experience which will enable them to become the aspirant innovators and leaders of the future.”
Dominic Herrington, South East Schools Commissioner, was among those who attended the ceremony, which took place on Tuesday, February 3. He said: “Bohunt School in Liphook has consistently delivered outstanding performance in recent years. I hope that this new project will be an opportunity to expand excellent provision in the region.”
Other guests included representatives of the Bohunt Educational Trust, members of West Sussex County Council and Worthing Borough Council, as well as representatives from construction company Willmott Dixon.
The new school will open in temporary accommodation in September 2015 to Year 7 and 8 students. The pupils will have the opportunity to help develop the internal design and feel of their school while watching the new building take shape. The building has been designed to be sympathetic to the site while giving the school a unique and contemporary appearance which will hold a strong presence within the community.
The Bohunt School is being developed as part of the change in transfer age across Worthing. The new school will deliver ‘Challenge Based Learning’ – an education-system which sees students taking responsibility for and control of their learning, the integration of IT and a focus on the combining of knowledge, softer skills such as creativity, teamwork and habits of mind. It will be achieved through innovative learning environments that feature flexible furniture, walls you can write on, IT for every student and specialist rooms for areas such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education, an iPad band, collaborative learning, and science experiments using the latest digital equipment.
The aim is to develop students who not only achieve outstanding grades, but who are not afraid to throw themselves into something new, take on leadership roles and think for themselves.
Neil Strowger, the CEO of Bohunt Educational trust said: “There is now a real feeling of momentum and excitement. We are confident that our plans, both for the building and the curriculum, will deliver an outstanding education.”
Jeremy Hunt, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, added: “I’m really pleased to see work finally starting on the new Bohunt School Worthing and I look forward to seeing it take shape in the coming months. I’m sure the students will love the state of the art building when it’s finished and that the excellent facilities it will provide will help all of them to reach their potential.”
Roger Forsdyke, Managing Director of Willmott Dixon, said: “We are delighted to be here today to mark the commencement of works on site for this exciting new school. “We have extensive experience within the education sector and every time we start a new school I am delighted to be involved in providing our younger generations with state of the art learning facilities that will help them to reach their full potential.”
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