New Worthing academy appoints school leader to deliver exceptional education



AdamAn exceptional school leader was today announced as the first headteacher of the inspirational new Bohunt School Worthing.

Adam Whitehead, who joins Bohunt from The Weald Community School and Sixth Form in Billingshurst, will take charge in January to oversee preparatory work ahead of the school’s opening in September 2015.

Mr Whitehead has worked in schools in the area for his entire career. After qualifying as a science teacher at the University of Sussex, he worked in three different schools across the county, including as Assistant Head as part of a team at St Paul’s Catholic College in Burgess Hill  which delivered an Outstanding rating from Ofsted for the first time in its history.

He left St Paul’s to join The Weald School as Deputy Head in September 2008. Mr Whitehead’s exceptional leadership contributed to the significant development of this large 11-18 comprehensive, community school which, in October 2013, was rated Outstanding in every category for the first time.

This track record of providing outstanding education is aligned with Bohunt Education Trust (BET), the Worthing school’s new sponsor. South of England based BET currently runs Bohunt School in Hampshire, which is rated Outstanding in every category and is The Times Education Supplement’s Overall School of the Year. Bohunt received its best ever GCSE results this year, with more than 87% of students achieving five or more A*-C grades including Maths and English.

Mr Whitehead is committed to helping BET to bring this expertise to the Worthing school, through well proven pioneering teaching methods such as a focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) education and immersion language, where pupils learn a third of the curriculum in a foreign language.

Adam Whitehead, Headteacher at Bohunt School Worthing, said:

“I am delighted to have been given such a wonderful opportunity. After meeting with the senior management of BET, it became very clear we share the same vision for the direction of the school.We are now looking forward to welcoming our first intake of students in September next year.”

Neil Strowger, Chief Executive of Bohunt Education Trust, said:

“As soon as we started speaking to Adam, we knew he was the perfect fit for Bohunt School Worthing. He has an exceptional track record of consistently delivering the highest standards at schools across Sussex.

“Like BET, Adam is committed to bringing innovation that works to the classroom. With the deadline for secondary school applications on Friday, his appointment shows how committed we are to bringing exceptional education to young people in Worthing.”