School profile

Leigh Academy Rainham

Leigh Academy Rainham is a new co-educational comprehensive secondary school that opened its doors for the first time to year 7 in 2021 and is part of the Leigh Academies Trust. Already highly oversubscribed, our new school is firmly set to be a beacon of excellence for secondary education in Medway.

Highly robust and consistent behavioural systems, modelled by leaders, allow all teachers to feel supported and foster a culture within which teachers are enabled to focus on delivering high quality digital learning experiences as part of our IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) Curriculum, as opposed to managing behaviours. All students have a 1:1 device and all teachers play an instrumental role in shaping them into responsible and confident digital citizens.

At Leigh Academy Rainham our values are underpinned by high expectations and aspirations, with a focus on modelling exceptional manners and developing students to be the best versions of themselves through our LEIGH Learner values of Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Inquisitiveness, Grit and Humility. Our college system ensures that there is a small school model for pastoral care between year groups, encouraging opportunities for healthy competition and celebrations between colleges and a structured approach to collaboration between college subjects.

About our school experience


School Experience Opportunities:

1) Observing lessons and different teaching styles
2) Interacting with pupils across a range of subjects and at social times
3) Seeing how specific subjects are taught
4) Working with the inclusion / SEND teams
accessing professional development opportunities and understanding what training opportunities are on offer
5) Learning more about the teacher training process

Candidates will be invited to join morning line up, attend the 5 lessons during the day across subjects of interest, observe form time, assemblies and join students on duty during break and lunch. There will be opportunities to meet with a variety of staff, including support staff. They will have opportunity to join end of day lineup and observe the range of afterschool clubs on offer.

Start and finish times
8.00am to 3.30pm - Flexible

On a Wednesday the school day finishes earlier at 2.15pm for students and CPD for staff then begins. We can be flexible about times candidates stay for on these days.

Dress code

Business dress

Teacher training

We are part of the Leigh Academies Trust and a KMT training school. We offer both salaried and unsalaried schools direct placements under the KMT training provider.

Find out more about our teacher training

Links to more information about our school

Entry requirements

You must:

    • Must not have been accepted onto another teacher training course
    • Must have a degree
    • Photo identification: For Example passport or driving licence
DBS check required

No, candidates will be accompanied at all times.

Placement availability

We are able to offer experience at any time during the academy year.

School experience type
In school


Otterham Quay Lane, Rainham, Gillingham, Kent, ME8 8GS
Map showing Leigh Academy Rainham

Yes - on site parking provided

Parking on site available.

Disability and access details

We offer facilities and provide an inclusive environment for students, staff and school experience candidates with disability and access needs. As a new school we are DDA compliant and have excellent access provisions. We're happy to discuss your disability or access needs before or as part of your school experience request.

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Otterham Quay Lane, Rainham, Gillingham, Kent, ME8 8GS
School phases
Secondary (11 to 16)
DBS check required

No, candidates will be accompanied at all times.

  • Art and design
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • Design and technology
  • Drama
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Maths
  • Physical education
  • Physics
  • Religious education
  • Spanish