Outstanding academy trust selected to lead new Worthing secondary school – Bohunt Education Trust press release


Bohunt Education Trust (BET) was today selected by the Department for Education (DfE) to lead the new secondary school in Broadwater, with West Sussex County Council welcoming the announcement.

South of England based BET currently runs Bohunt School in Hampshire, which is rated Outstanding in every category by Ofsted and is the Times Educational Supplement School of the Year.

Bohunt received its best ever GCSE results this year, with over 87% of pupils achieving 5 or more A*-C grades including Maths and English.  BET’s leadership team will now be able to bring this expertise and experience to the Worthing school, as well as proven pioneering teaching methods including immersion language, where pupils learn a third of the curriculum in a foreign language.

BET has been committed to leading the new academy since proposals were made public last year and made its original bid in the first round of applications.  With enabling works underway on the site and the contractor expected to move into the build phase in October, the new school will be opening its doors to its first intake in September 2015

The new 900-pupil academy is part of a £30m investment package for schools in the Worthing area in response to increased demand for school places in the town. The County Council has secured a Government grant of £20m and is providing £10m of its own funds towards the developments.

The window for parents to apply for secondary school places for September 2015 is currently open. The deadline for applications is Friday October 31, 2014. You can find out much more about the new school and BET by going to their Open Evenings, which are on Wednesday 8 October and Thursday 9 October, 7-9pm, at the Broadwater Campus of Northbrook College.

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

“The BET team is hugely excited to be leading the new school in Worthing. As well as delivering academic excellence, it is our vision to create at the new school – as we have at Bohunt – an environment where young people thrive, developing skills through innovative teaching and extracurricular activities which will prepare them for working in the 21st Century.

“Since the proposals for the new school were announced, BET has been keen to take a leading role and we are hugely excited at the prospect of working with the local community to create and run an outstanding school, which will serve young people in the area for years to come. 

“We have been working closely with the DfE and West Sussex Council over the summer to put in place a schooling model which will see us welcoming our first pupils next year.”

School Reform Minister Nick Gibb said:

“It is excellent news for children and parents in Worthing that this new school will be run by such an outstanding trust.

“Bohunt School has for many years been providing a first-class education to children in Hampshire – and now that excellence will come to West Sussex to the benefit of even more children.” 

Jeremy Hunt, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills at West Sussex County Council, said:

“We are delighted to confirm that Bohunt Education Trust has been selected to sponsor this new academy.

“As well as an excellent proven track record in performance, Bohunt brings with them numerous areas of expertise including a strong focus on languages.

“I have every confidence in their abilities to serve young people in the area and know they will complement the network of excellent schools we already have in Worthing.”

Dominic Herrington, Regional Schools Commissioner for South London and the South East said:


“BET is one of the most promising sponsors in the South East. I am looking forward to working with them to help spread their expertise and dynamism across the region.”