In April 2017, the government announced that they wished for Leigh Academies Trust (LAT) to open three new free schools. These are Bearsted Academy, Maidstone Primary Academy and Leigh Academy Rainham.
Leigh Academy Rainham 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 Rainham. LAT was given the full backing of Medway Council. Leigh Academy Rainham will open in September 2020 and will have a grammar stream for more able pupils across the Borough.