It has just been announced that the Bohunt Educational Trust (BET) will be opening a new co-educational academy in Horsham for children from age 4 to 18, providing seamless learning from puplis’ first school experience through to university. Initially BET’s Horsham Academy – to be known as Bohunt Horsham – will be located at Arun House in Hurst Road, for Year 7 pupils. The free school will open with 1,600 places for the full range of students when it transfers to its permanent home in the forthcoming major north Horsham development in 2020. BET currently runs top performing state academies in Basingstoke, Petersfield, Portsmouth, Wokingham, Worthing – and Liphook, its administrative HQ. Over 7,000 students are educated in the six academies, including a sixth form, Dr Ray Morton, Chairman of BET Governors, saying: “We want as many young people as possible to access and benefit from the Trust’s outstanding educational model, and Bohunt Horsham is the latest in a long line of successes.” The Liphook Academy was featured in the BBC documentary series “Are our kids tough enough? Chinese School” when five teachers from China came to educate 50 Bohunt pupils at Liphook. BET’s fee paying branch in Wenzhou, east China will help fund the UK schools, enabling the Trust to expand its programme here. BET ensure that all of its students experience character building outdoor education, regardless of their background, with bursaries for students from poorer families, and are leaders in outdoor ventures with the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and other organisations with a wide range of extra-curricular activities, focusing on science, technology, engineering and maths. Bohunt is a course provider for Mountain Training UK and students have gone on expeditions to Greenland, the Himalayas, Kazakhistan and Mongolia, with Azerbaijan and Sri Lanka also in the itinerary for next year, Phil Avery, Director of Education commenting: “We are incredibly proud to be not just promoting but proactively championing meaningful outdoor education opportunities.” Mandarin features prominently, along with ground-breaking teaching, described by BET as: “innovative, high quality education, providing unparalled educational opportunities through highly effective teaching with exceptionally high standards and expectations.” BET sports teams have been successful nationally – the U13 girls’ football side at Bohunt Wokingham were national champions in 2017.
Open evenings at Horsham are planned for Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th October from 18.00 to 20.00 – the venue will be announced shortly. Meanwhile, further information is available at www.bohunthorsham.com / www.bohunttrust.com – 01428 724324 – email firstname.lastname@example.org