In April 2017, the government announced that they wished for Leigh Academies Trust (LAT) to open three new free schools by September 2019. These are Bearsted Academy, Maidstone Primary Academy and Medway Academy. In addition, LAT is already approved to open Leigh Academy Blackheath, a 6 form-entry secondary academy with sixth form in the Royal Borough of Greenwich in September 2018.
Medway Academy is a new secondary school for Medway with an intake of 180 pupils per year and sixth form. The new school will be a brand new build sited in either Strood or Rainham. LAT was given the full backing of Medway Council and will now work together with them to agree the final site for the academy. Medway Academy will open in September 2019 and will have a grammar stream for more able pupils across the Borough.