Published: Thursday, 6th December 2018

Giving children the best start in life is one of our priorities

We are committed to providing opportunities for all children and young people throughout their primary and secondary school education and beyond.
Since 2013, more than 3,100 additional primary school places have been created through new schools and expansions. Medway is joint first nationally for providing additional school places which are good or outstanding. 
We have recently invested: 
  • £1.4m at Riverside Primary School in Rainham - 210 additional places 
  • £1.2m at Halling Primary School - 140 additional places
  • £2.3m at St Mary’s Island - 210 additional places + nursery 
  • £5.9m at Hundred of Hoo Primary *new school* - 210 additional places

Medway schools offer great opportunities


Cllr Martin Potter, Portfolio Holder for Educational Attainment and Improvement, said: “We have planned for millions of pounds to be invested in Medway schools through our school place planning strategy, creating thousands of new school places across Medway to meet local need. Medway schools offer great opportunities for our young people, with many schools recently receiving excellent Ofsted results helping make Medway joint first nationally as a provider of additional school places which are good or outstanding. We will continue to plan effectively and explore further funding opportunities, working with schools and academy trusts, to ensure we continue to meet their educational needs and provide the best opportunities for our children and young people.” 
Our work to support children and create more school places across Medway continues. 
Plans are underway to:
  • Create more than 600 additional grammar school places across three schools: Holcombe Grammar School, Rainham Mark Grammar School and Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School.
  • Explore the opportunity of having two new free schools – in Rainham and Strood – providing 2,460 secondary school places. 
Proposed new housing means the demand for school places will increase and we are working closely with development companies – for example, the Rochester Riverside development will have a new primary school. 

We recognise the importance of planning for the future


Cllr Andrew Mackness, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, said: “Not only have we invested heavily in our schools and provided new school places across Medway, but the hard work of the children, their parents, teachers and governors should be commended. Medway’s schools offer all children the opportunity to reach their full potential and I have no doubt this is the reason more families outside of the area are considering sending their children to our secondary schools. 
“We recognise the importance of planning for the future and have carried out an annual review of school places available in Medway up until 2022. We are committed to ensuring there is a sufficient supply of good quality school places across maintained schools, academies and special schools. To meet the expected demand for special educational needs and disability school places post September 2020, we are looking to submit into the free school bidding programme for funding for a special educational needs and disability free school alongside other exciting options for education places, outreach, respite and residential facilities.”
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