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Welcome From Our Principal

Welcome From Our Principal


“I am delighted to welcome you to the Maritime Academy in Strood. I am thrilled to be leading this brand new secondary school and to offer an outstanding learning environment where children can receive an education with a curriculum that is designed to develop critical thinkers and lifelong learners, brimming with self-confidence and an excellent array of skills.

At the Maritime, our mission is to offer a unique opportunity to learn in a modern setting with traditional values. Our school will ensure that students are confident, respectful and responsible young people, who are able to face the challenges of modern society. We believe that through our traditional ethos and values, we will create an environment where students are respectful for where they learn, who they learn with and who they are as unique aspirational young people.

We will expect the highest standards of academic performance and personal excellence from our students so that every student is able to be their best self and shape their success. Our goal is to foster a belief in every young person that they can be who they choose to be and we will provide the very best academic and pastoral support to ensure they reach their true potential.

Joining a brand new school offers an exciting opportunity to the first year of students as they will help to shape the Maritime Academy’s foundations. I look forward to sharing this experience with these students as together we will build a culture of high aspiration, high expectation and success.

We will embark on our journey as a Thinking school to achieve the prestigious Thinking accreditation from the University of Exeter. Our curriculum will reflect this through its cognitive framework designed to shape the attitudes, habits and mind-set of all our students to develop them into inquisitive, self-confident and creative young adults.

I am incredibly ambitious for our school and I will share this passion with all Maritime students, ensuring that they have the best possible all round experience. As Principal of the Maritime, I will not only ensure the highest quality of education, safety and student wellbeing – I will, as the school grows, be recruiting a team of diligent, hard-working and enthusiastic teachers who share our school values to keep our students passionate about learning.

Strood is an area I am very familiar with, as the Director of Education overseeing Trust primary schools: The Gordon Children’s Academy, Cedar Children’s Academy and All Faiths Children’s Academy. There will be some pupils from these schools who I look forward to seeing again, as they start their journey into secondary education. I am also excited to meet new pupils as we look to transform life chances for all.

I thank you for your time and interest in our Academy and look forward to working in partnership and support of one another in our mission to cultivate excellence from every student.”

Jody Murphy | Principal