Medway Local Authority

On 1 April 1998, the existing local government districts of Rochester-upon-Medway and Gillingham were abolished under the local government review and merged to become the new unitary authority of Medway.

Medway Council is committed to realising everyone's potential and improving levels of achievement in the local community. The council believes firmly in the principles of lifelong learning and is dedicated to developing educational opportunities.

Medway has a relatively young population, with 19.2 per cent of its people aged 14 years or less. One of Medway Council’s top priorities is to ensure that young children are provided with the highest-quality opportunities to learn. Its early years development plan was singled out for praise by the government.

Medway has 104 schools, including six grammar schools, with a total of almost 40,339 pupils.