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New academy to meet demand for school places in Worthing



HIGHLIGHTS

  • Academy meets need for school places in Worthing
  • Academy school includes sports hall and MUGA
  • First secondary school to teach all students Mandarin
  • Latest project for West Sussex County Council
  • Architect, QS, project manager and services engineer based locally
  • Procured via Scape for cost and time efficiency

We continued our strong record of building education facilities in Sussex with a new home for Bohunt, a recently created secondary school in Worthing.

The secondary school opened in September 2015 in temporary accommodation to Year 7 and 8 students before moving into its new home in summer 2016. It is run the Bohunt Education Trust.

The site is on land next to Northbrook College in Broadwater.

Design

The site has a very simple layout with one main teaching block and the sports facilities. As well as a three-storey state of the art teaching block and large indoor sports hall, pupils also benefit from a large dance studio and multi-use games area.

The curriculum has a strong international flavour and is based around an academic core of English, Maths, Science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths). Bohunt Worthing is also the first secondary school in the UK to teach all of its students Mandarin. The success of the first year is shown by the school having a full intake in only its second year of operation.

The new academy is being provided as part of a project which will see a change in the age at which children transfer to secondary schools. Adam Whitehead, Headteacher, said:

“The design creates 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.”

BET also runs Bohunt School in Hampshire, which is rated Outstanding in every category by Ofsted and is the Times Educational Supplement School of the Year. BET is now bringing its expertise and experience to the Worthing school, delivering ‘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.

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

“As well as delivering academic excellence, it is our vision to create an environment where young people thrive, developing skills through innovative teaching and extracurricular activities which will prepare them for working in the 21st Century. 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.”