Thousands attend Bohunt School Worthing’s Open Evenings
Bohunt Education Trust (BET), which will lead the new secondary school in Worthing, held two successful open evenings for thousands of prospective local students and their parents.
Neil Strowger, CEO of BET, spoke about the changes that the Trust has secured over the last few weeks to ensure it can deliver the very best education. These amendments include increasing the size of the site to provide additional space for outside covered areas; a safe, single-phase crossing to access the sports pitches on Manor Sports Ground; and the addition of £4m to the budget to include more classrooms and larger teaching spaces.
Following the Worthing open evenings, Neil Strowger commented:
“For well over a year, we have been using our considerable expertise in developing school sites to create plans for what is set to be an excellent new school.
“With regards to the Manor Sports Ground, we are working together with the borough and county councils, cricket club, hockey club and local residents to promote community use, as well as ensuring safe access for our students.”
During the evenings, local architects and designers of Northbrook College hall, ECE Architecture, were on hand to talk guests through the pioneering plans for the classrooms. As well as benefitting from BET’s innovative use of technology, pupils will have the opportunity to refine their skills in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) workshops, a dance studio and science laboratories.
Neil Strowger said:
“Thanks to our success working on previous school projects, BET is regularly asked to speak about classroom design, pedagogy and technology, and recently contributed to the Apple European Summit on this subject. We are experienced at making sure that everything on offer supports fantastic attainment and the development of intrinsic motivation.”
Leigh Hunnikin from West Sussex County Council’s planning team briefed prospective parents on the project timeline, which was granted planning permission last week and will be fully completed by April 2016.
In the meantime, we are planning for the school to be temporarily housed in modular buildings onsite with specialist facilities, and students will be able to use the development of the site as a real life example which will directly contribute to STEM learning.
BET also outlined the plans for the new school’s leadership, with Neil Strowger revealing that the Trust had already received considerable interest in the headship role and is working hard to fill the position with the very best candidate as soon as possible.
Key staff, including the Head of School and Heads of Faculty, will be recruited ahead of the opening so they can be thoroughly trained, spend time at Bohunt School Liphook and form a strong team before the students arrive.
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, and, since September this year, Priory School in Southsea.