AN “OUTSTANDING” programme of community work could see a Worthing school take home an Adur and Worthing Business Award.
Worthing High School, in South Farm Road, has been nominated by its business development manager Karen Hayler, for the “outstanding contribution in the community” award.
The school, which has experienced difficult times in recent months, having been put in special measures by OFSTED, is attempting to turn its fortunes around under new head Carolyn Dickinson.
But its work outside the classroom has always been strong, with an ever-growing list of initiatives to raise money and assist local charities.
In nominating the school, Karen said: “We feel Worthing High School is working hard to actively engage with and support the local community and we would love to be recognised for the work that we do.
“Each year, 500 students go out into the local community and surrounding areas for volunteering days during our enrichment week.
“Students go to many different organisations and help with gardening, painting, clearance, cleaning and any other projects that the community groups require support with.”
One of the school’s main achievements was holding a sponsored walk in 2011, which raised £12,000 for Chestnut Tree House.
Other projects have included writing and recording a piece of music with Worthing Scope, working with Ferring Country Centre, and running an extensive family learning programme.
Karen said: “Our school is split into four communities – Broadwater, Heene, Salvington and Tarring.
“These reflect the local community. Each group chooses a charity each year to support and raise funds for.
She added: “This year, students have supported Worthing Scope, Buddies, Worthing Churches Homeless Projects and also the area’s hospices.”
The school converted to an academy in December 2012.
It employs 119 members of staff, which includes a total of 58 teachers.