West Sussex County Council has welcomed the news that Bohunt Education Trust (BET) has been selected by the Department for Education to sponsor the new academy in Broadwater, Worthing.
BET runs Bohunt School in Hampshire, which is currently rated Outstanding by Ofsted, and this year celebrated record GCSE exam results.
Jeremy Hunt, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “We are delighted to confirm that Bohunt Education Trust has been selected to sponsor the 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.”
The County Council has confirmed that the new school remains on track to open in September 2015.
The new 900-pupil academy is part of a £30m investment package for schools in the Worthing area which will see children transfering to secondary schools at 11 rather than 12 years old. The reorganisation of schools will also accommodate an 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.