The school – which will be run by Oasis Charitable Trust – is scheduled to open in late 2020 on the site of Medway Secure Training Centre in Kent


Oasis Charitable Trust, which runs 52 Academies across England, has been announced as the operator of the UK’s first secure school.

The trust, has been chosen following a “rigorous” application process, with the government investing £5m into the Medway Secure Training Centre in Kent in preparation.

The funding has been spent on refurbishing classrooms and local areas, to provide the “best possible environment” to aide education.



The secure school will focus on education young offenders, offering up to 64 places for boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 17 who are either sentenced to custody or held on remand.

Three quarters of Oasis’ academies operate in the UK’s most deprived areas, with most of them being rated failing by Ofsted, with the trust overseeing a turnaround with 80% of these schools rated outstanding.

Justice minister, Edward Argar, said: “Secure Schools are critical to our vision for youth custody – placing education, healthcare and purposeful activity at the heart of rehabilitation. I have been impressed by Oasis’s dedication to improving the lives of young people and its track record across education, health and youth work.”