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Schools and education

Education in Medway

Medway Council is committed to realising everyone's potential and improving levels of achievement in the local community. The council believes firmly in the principles of lifelong learning and is dedicated to developing educational opportunities.

Medway has a relatively young population, with 19.2 per cent of its people aged 14 years or less. One of Medway Council’s top priorities is to ensure that young children are provided with the highest-quality opportunities to learn. Its early years development plan was singled out for praise by the government.

Medway has 99 schools, including six grammar schools, with a total of almost 43,000 pupils.

The following sections go into more detail on education and learning available in Medway:

Adult learning

Adult learningInformation about Medway Adult and Community Learning Service (MACLS), Course Finder and enrolment instructions. There is also information on MidKent College, universities and the Workers' Educational Association.


Schools, early years and childcare

Schools early years

Information for parents, including Medway schools, early years and childcare provision.

Find out about free nursery places for three and four-year olds.


Information for schools

Schools information

Information, resources and guidance for staff in Medway schools. Many of the linked files are in Word, PowerPoint and Excel or specialist education software and may not be accessible to everyone.


Young people

Young people

Information for young people, including the Youth Service, 14-25 learning and options open to people looking for higher or further education in Medway.



Medway Children's Trust

Medway children's trust

Medway Children's Trust brings together local organisations and people in a partnership committed to achieving one vision: To work together so that children and young people in Medway are safe and cared for, succeed in learning and thrive.


Youth activities

Medway Youth Parliament Medway Council has an innovative approach to youth activities. Its Youth Parliament, was set up because Medway Council believes that young people can play a powerful role in reinvigorating local democracy and should be involved in issues and decisions affecting their future.


Medway Children's University is part of a national organisation that provides seven to 14-year-olds with exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside normal school hours.

What Medway Council does for children and where to go for help (pdf 549KB) tells you about the variety of services for children, young people and their families in Medway.

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For more information contact us by telephone: 01634 306000 or by email: childrens.services@medway.gov.uk

Write to: Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR