Maritime Academy opened to students in September 2022, temporarily located in Twydall, with the new purpose-built site in Frindsbury due to open in summer 2024. Maritime is helping to address the shortfall of secondary school places in Medway and will have the capacity to offer 1,150 student places to the community.
The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by a number of representatives from across the community. These included representatives from the Department for Education, Medway Councillor Martin Potter, the CEO of Thinking Schools Academy Trust, Stuart Gardner, the Director of Education for the Strood Hub, Jody Murphy, Head of School at Maritime Academy, Matt Evans, Board Members, Gerard Newman and Peter Martin, and Chair of Governors, Ashley Hall.
Once completed, the new building will boast a range of exceptional and modern facilities, delivering on the Academy’s ethos of ‘making excellence a habit’ and its mission to provide a first-class education where every young person in our community deserves to have the best opportunities at life regardless of their individual circumstances.
The Maritime Academy’s permanent site will be home to state-of-the-art learning environment including a brand-new Thinking Fitness gym, open for students during the day and members of the public in the evenings, at weekends and during school holidays. All profits generated by Thinking Fitness memberships will be recycled back into the Trust to support its mission of ‘transforming life chances’.