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Four new free schools to open in Medway
More than 3,500 extra places will be created at four new free
schools in Medway. The news comes following an announcement from
central government today (12 April), revealing the latest round of
successful applications for free schools in England.
The new schools to open in Medway are:
• The Maritime Academy: a mainstream; all-through school (4-19
years) with places for 1940 pupils (including 250 sixth form
• Medway Academy: a mainstream; secondary school with places for
1150 pupils (including 250 sixth form pupils)
• Rochester Riverside Church of England Primary School: a
mainstream; Christian faith primary school with places for 420
• The Beeches: an alternative provision primary school with
places for 35 pupils with behavioural issues and excluded
They’ll be run by academy trusts and the works will be paid for
and delivered by the Education Skills Funding Agency.
Considering viable locations
It is now up to Medway Council to consider viable locations,
after which provisional opening dates will be set subject to
planning permission and public consultations undertaken by the
academy trusts. It is envisaged all four will be open and ready to
accept pupils between 2019 and 2021.
As part of the council’s five-year school expansion programme
2013-2018, more than 2,800 additional places will be created.
Today’s announcement brings the total number of new places to be
delivered in Medway in the coming years to 6,345 - going some way
in helping to meet the demand of the growing population.
Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services Cllr
Andrew Mackness said: “This is great news for Medway families. We
are progressing well with our school expansion project, and the
creation of four free schools is really going to help to address
the national challenge of school capacity at a local level.
“Our population is growing and so it’s key that school capacity
is addressed and taken seriously. We’re expecting large numbers of
school applications in the coming years, especially for secondary
schools, so this news is very welcome.
“Medway children are at the heart of everything we do, and the
four new schools are only going to further strengthen the area’s
education landscape.” Note for editors: A free school is the term
used for a new academy."