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Third new academy on the horizon

Date: 17/12/2008           Category: Learning and Achievement

A brand new academy for Gillingham is due to be discussed by Medway Council’s Cabinet in the New Year. In January, the Cabinet will decide whether to consult on proposals to transform New Brompton College into an academy. Cllr Les Wicks, Portfiolio Holder for Children’s Services said: “We have, so far, given approval for an academy in Strood and yesterday at Cabinet (16 December) we proposed the Chatham academy. “We need to make sure Gillingham has a similar chance to consider state of the art facilities and the advantages it may be able to bring. “The proposed academy at New Brompton College is all part of our plan to build schools for the future now and make sure we provide the best current and future and opportunities for our children. “This academy will play a vital role in ensuring young people in Gillingham gain the knowledge, confidence and skills to develop into productive, responsible and successful members of our community.” Two years ago, the New Brompton College gained Trust status and headteacher Judy Rider is confident parents and carers will support the move to an academy. Judy said: “We are delighted the University of Kent has chosen to be our lead sponsor together with Medway Council as co-sponsor, and both will support us in our future vision to develop and secure a 21st century school. This is a welcome and positive move. “An academy in Gillingham will bring significant benefits to the whole local community. It will allow the school to drive standards up further through progressive and innovative curriculum plans, building on the significant and sustained improvements made over the past few years and accelerate student progress. The proposal is for specialisms in science and the arts.” Medway Council’s Director of Children and Adult Services Rose Collinson said: “The proposed academy at New Brompton offers the very best opportunity to provide an innovative school for Gillingham with a broad, rich and sustainable curriculum that will be attractive and motivating to young people and their parents. Working in partnership with its sponsors, the academy will provide a full range of academic and vocational courses so that students will succeed in learning and be well equipped to achieve their aspirations and ambitions.”